First off... they are Viking pancakes only because we are Icelanders...
Second off ... to all of you out there that aren't Icelanders, Amma means grandmother ...
These pancakes are HANDS DOWN the best pancakes you will ever eat. You will NEVER buy another box or bag of pancake mix EVER again!
Let me entice you.... they are the fluffiest most delicious pancakes ever. This recipe came from my dear mum ... although, I think we have made it way more, try every weekend. We have a family tradition that at least one morning on the weekend, if not both we have a big hearty breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, bacon, hash browns and eggs...sometimes more. Yes I know, but with our growing family, the size of the meals need to increase as well.
We were at my parents this past weekend and I think they were amazed at how much food was consumed at breakfast, by six adults and a 14 year old. We actually could have doubled the recipe and still finished it all.
That's a great thing about this recipe, you can add things to it, change things around, double it... and still always fabulous.
My daughter, Steph, is the 'primo' pancake maker, and rarely gives up the flipper on any occasion but has since received her own griddle and a sweet pancake flipper, for shower gifts, from her brother Devon and his GF, Brittany. When she opened the gift, she exclaimed... "Now I can have everyone over for pancakes!" THAT'S how important these pancakes are in our family.
So a couple of KEY ingredients to always have on hand and some necessary tools that help create their magnificence.
Sour Cream.... yes.... sour cream. Always have a tub in the fridge.
A pancake griddle.
Coffee and baileys.
First ... make coffee
Second ... Pour in Coffee and Baileys
Then ... start mixin' your fixin's. It's important that you have a large bowl to mix the pancake batter in it's entirety. You will also need a smaller bowl to mix the egg mixture together with as well.
Bowl One: Flour Mixture
2 cups of white flour (I have use whole wheat and multi-grain and the kids still love them)
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Bowl Two: Egg Mixture
3-4 unbeaten eggs
1 cup of sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix together with a fork
Add Bowl Two to Bowl One
Now this is the tricky part.... add milk to desired consistency. NOT TOO MUCH. You want the batter to be fairly thick and not runny. THE TRICK: Do not mix this with a mixer or hand beater, just used a big wooden mixing spoon. You will notice that the batter starts to bubble, and that is great, do not beat the batter for too long, it will go flat ... which will ruin your chance to eat fluffy Viking pancakes. Mix it long enough to mix the ingredients together and most of the big lumps out, then you're ready to go.
Now all griddles are different, but I set the temperature on mine always at 325 degrees. (Make sure you spray with Pam) If you're not familiar with making pancakes, they are ready to flip when bubbles start to form.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes ... add chocolate chips once you have poured onto the griddle
Peanut Butter Pancakes ... Add about 1/2 cup of PB to the mix, more if you want
PB and Chocolate ... Add the PB plus a tbsp of baking cocoa
Banana Pancakes ... Add two mashed bananas to the batter.
Apple Pancakes ... shred two apples and add to batter and 1 tsp of cinnamon
The great thing is about this recipe is that the left over pancakes are awesome to throw in the fridge for leftovers. They warm up really well in the microwave or the toaster, they are also awesome cold. My kids used to pack them in their lunches!
Definitely make the Bodacious Kahlua Banana Sauce the most delightful addition to these pancakes, pour GENEROUSLY over every bit of your pancakes.
Enjoy our family breakfast treat!