February 28, 2008

Rhubarb-Orange Pancakes

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup diced rhubarb
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon orange extract or liqueur
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1 egg

Whisk together the egg, extract, zest and buttermilk in a small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside. In the medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly whisk in the egg/buttermilk mixture until a smooth batter forms. It may bubble slightly. Fold in rhubarb. Spray a frying pan or griddle with nonstick spray or melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat the pan so that it feels warm when you hover your hand over it. Add about 1/2 cup of the batter into the middle. Cook until bubbles begin to appear and pop. Flip. Cook for about 2 minutes. Both sides should be golden brown.

Yields about 4-5 mid-sized pancakes.

My thoughts:

I was excited to see that this month's In the Bag ingredients were rhubarb, orange and sugar. They are some of my favorite foods to cook with this time of year. I was thinking about making a dessert or a bread but then I thought pancakes might be fun. I really enjoyed them, there were bits of orange zest and tart rhubarb throughout and the pancakes were the height of fluffy perfection.