Serves 8-10 Recipe Makes about 32 pancakes that are 5-inches in diameter. If you would like the link to the recipe that serves 4 people, click here. My oldest daughter doesn't like lemons so when I make these for my kids I omit the lemon zest. Most other people love the slight hint of lemon. Do whatever you prefer.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, (optional)
Lemon zest from one lemon (optional)
4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
peanut oil to grease griddle or pan.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix together the the eggs and buttermilk. Pour the egg and buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add the melted butter. Gently stir to combine all ingredients but do not overmix. THE BATTER WILL BE LUMPY and you want it this way.
The trickiest part is getting your griddle or pan to the right temperature. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the first pancake or two to get the temperature right. Generally medium to medium-high heat is best, but every single stove, pan or griddle I've ever used is different, so adjust the heat to what works for you. Grease the pan or griddle with peanut oil before the first batch of pancakes. You will not need to add additional grease after that.
My girls like them with powdered sugar and syrup. I like them with granulated sugar and lemon juice or with blueberries and peaches.
Notes: If you want to make "letter" pancakes, substitute canola oil for the butter. The butter sometimes clogs up a squeeze bottle.
I only use the microwave for two things: to melt butter and to melt chocolate. The easiest way to melt butter is in the microwave. Put wax paper over a glass bowl so the butter doesn't splatter all over the microwave
Anytime you make items using baking soda (i.e. Blueberry muffins, banana bread, quickbreads, cornbread, pancakes, etc.) you do not want to overmix the ingredients. If you overmix the items will be flat and not rise.