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new year’s day buttermilk pancakes

How do you plan to start 2012?

Last year, New Year’s Eve was a fun night out for dinner with Chad, and I think we just getting home when the clock struck midnight.  I’m generally in the New-Year’s-Is-Overrated camp, with all the pressure of figuring out what to do and where to go and what to wear (actually, the what-to-wear part is basically the only part that I like)! 

The added bonus of a relatively tame New Year’s was that I woke up on January first and cleaned out my entire beauty cabinet [1] — which, by the end of 2011, has expanded from a single beauty cabinet to a full on beauty room (not complaining). 

The year before that, I rang in 2010 with some homemade toffee [2] (yum) and one of my very first outfit posts [3]!  And the year before that, I closed out 2008 (!) with this classic recipe for Garlic Roast Chicken [4]

This year, though, one of my very best friends is getting married on New Year’s Eve, and I can’t wait to celebrate with her.  So I won’t be around to bake New Year’s Day pancakes, which (obviously) meant that I had to make them a few weeks early. 

But if you’re looking for a delicious way to ring in 2012 (or just a random weekend brunch later in the year), this recipe can’t be beat.

Happy New Year!

Buttermilk Pancakes


1 cup buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, melted


Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Beat until smooth.

Heat a frying pan or skillet on the stovetop to medium-high heat with a little extra butter to grease the pan.  Ladle out 1/4 cup of pancake batter at a time, and cook about 2 min on each side, flipping each pancake midway through. Repeat about eight times, until batter is gone.

Serve with maple syrup, honey or extra butter. Enjoy!

Makes about 6 large pancakes.