Retro Recipes: Sour Milk Pancakes

Mmmm... Sour Milk.

Mmmm… Sour Milk.

I love getting new recipes – who doesn’t?  Sometimes the best new recipes are old recipes.  It seems that whenever I pick up a recipe box or vintage cookbook, there is one page that is dog-eared and covered with flour – you can tell that the cook had come back to that one again and again.  In my last Retro Recipes post I featured ‘White Sauce’, which was certainly the go-to recipe from that collection!

This time I want to feature what appears to be another go-to recipe, Sour Milk Pancakes.  Recently we were at an older home, pawing through the cupboards, and found two recipe cards taped to the inside of the cupboard door – Sour Milk Pancakes and Biscuits Supreme.  I already have a go-to biscuit recipe for Cat Head Biscuits, rumored to be the kind preferred by Elvis.  You guessed it, they’re the size of a cat’s head.  So, Sour Milk Pancakes it is!  There’s nothing like breakfast for dinner.

Go-to recipes are used frequently for a reason – usually, it’s because they are easy!  This recipe is for a super easy buttermilk batter, and they didn’t bother to include any more instructions than that.  Thankfully, I know how to make pancakes.  The batter was really thick and didn’t spread in the hot pan, so these were a bit oddly shaped – but they still turned out to be pretty delicious!  I don’t usually use buttermilk in my pancakes, but these were good.  I can see why they got taped to the inside of the cupboard door.

A little misshapen - but tasty!

A little misshapen – but tasty!

Try them yourself and taste the past!  If I made them again, I would add blueberries.  And re-name them Buttermilk Pancakes.  It just sounds better, don’t you think?


Sour Milk Pancakes

Batter: –

1 t. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. sugar, pinch of salt
2 cups sifted flour
1 T. melted butter
1 ttt. baking powder. *

Dissolve soda in buttermilk.  Stir in eggs.  Add sugar and salt.  Beat in flour a little at atime.  Add butter and baking powder.

*I believe they meant 1 teaspoon?  A mystery.  A delicious mystery.

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