Craving: Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Forget the fancy cardamom-infused pancakes with acai-berry sauce or what have you. I've got a craving for the classic. You know what I'm talking about: palm-sized pancakes with crisp buttery edges, creamy middles, and plenty of warm maple syrup to go around. You with me?

It's these cool early-autumn mornings that did it. I'm normally a savory bacon-and-eggs kind of breakfast person, but every fall the craving for sweet and syrupy buttermilk pancakes sweeps over me and will not be denied.

My favorite recipe for these moments comes from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion. It makes the kind of pancakes you'd think only exist at tucked-away diners or breakfasts with Laura Ingalls Wilder. Perfect for mopping up pools of butter and maple syrup.

The King Arthur recipe isn't online, sadly, but they do have a big-batch version that could be scaled down for smaller family breakfasts. Check it out, plus a few others that look like good pancake contenders:

Pancakes for a Crowd from King Arthur Flour
Best Buttermilk Pancakes from Martha Stewart
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes from Fine Cooking

What do you like on top of your pancakes?

Related: Good Idea: Toaster Pancakes

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