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Cooking with Linda by Linda Hoskins

Recently I had a taste for pancakes, and decided to make some from scratch rather than buy boxed mix like I usually do. I found this recipe online and I have to say these are simply the best pancakes I have ever made. Even my husband, who is indifferent to pancakes,

said they were very good. I also made bacon to go with the pancakes using this doctored up recipe, and the bacon was great! It calls for brown sugar but trust me, the bacon had a nice flavor without being overly sweet.

Buttermilk Pancakes

12 servings 3 cups flour 3 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 3 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup milk 3 eggs 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a different bowl, beat the buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter.Heat a lightly oiled (or buttered) griddle to medium high heat. (check to see if giddle is hot enough by flicking a few drops opf water on it, if if beads and sizzles, griddle is ready). Pour wet mixture in the dry mixture, stir just to blend (do not overmix!). Pour 1/2 cup batter onto griddle. Cook on both sides.

A couple notes about this recipe. It says the recipe makes 12 servings, but I think it makes a lot more than that. Also, to get the fluffiest pancakes, let the buttermilk, milk and eggs sit out and come to room temperature (about 1 hour). If you want to add blueberries to this recipe, toss the berries with a

bit of flour before adding to batter. This keeps the berries from sinking to
the bottom of batter.

Brown Sugar Bacon

12 oz pkg thick sliced bacon

1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

1/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed with foil, fit with a rack. Mix the rosemary, brown sugar and pepper. Place bacon strips on a rack in a single layer, sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over bacon, press in gently. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until desired crispness. If you have a recipe or cooking hint to share, please send to letscook!@ or mail to Mascoutah Herald, PO Box C, Mascoutah IL 62258. Thanks so much and Happy Cooking!

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