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Friday, February 29, 2008

The Best Pancakes on the Planet

Possibly in the universe. These are the most perfect pancakes I've ever had, and definitely the best ones we've ever made.

I first heard of these while reading last month's Saveur. It was the issue with the Saveur 100. I was happily reading, and came to the article about the pancakes. And guess what? The restaurant is right here in NH! Ha! We could have gone to the restaurant to try some, I suppose, but the recipe was in the article, too. Happy, happy!

We just got around to making them tonight for dinner. There's something fun about having breakfast for dinner, isn't there? And wow, are these delicious! They're very slightly crunchy on the outside, and extremely tender inside. Perfect.

These are served at Robie's Country Store in Hooksett, NH. Who would've thought a country store would have amazing pancakes? It's a historical landmark and has been around since 1887.

So, on to the recipe, as posted at We doubled the recipe, because there are 6 of us.

Robie's Buttermilk Flapjacks

**For a printable version of this recipe, click here.


The terms pancake and flapjack are used interchangeably; the "flap" in the name refers to the sound the cake makes when it lands in the skillet once it's flipped. This recipe comes from Frank Elliott, the cook at Robie's Country Store & Deli. To achieve the flapjacks' signature crisp and browned edges, he cooks them one at a time in a hot, buttered nonstick skillet.

2 cups flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. fine salt
2 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 beaten eggs

1. Put flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.

2. Whisk together buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a medium bowl. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk together until just combined to make a thick batter. (For tenderer flapjacks, don't overmix the batter.)

3. Heat an 8" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. butter and heat until the butter's foam subsides. Ladle in about 1⁄2 cup of the batter. Cook the flapjack, turning once, until deep golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total.

Transfer to a large plate; keep warm. Repeat process with additional butter and remaining batter to make 8 flapjacks in all. Serve hot, topped with butter and maple syrup and a dusting of confectioners' sugar.

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Kevin said...

Pancakes are one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. These look good.

Elle said...

Thank you, Kevin! I can finally stop searching for the best pancake recipe. whew, hehe!

Pixie said...

We love our pancakes and are always on the lookout for the best. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

Elle said...

Thanks pixie, for stopping by my blog! These pancakes are truly delicious.

Anonymous said...

I'am sooo saving this recipe!

Elle said...

Zen, this is yet another one you can use to get people to bend to your will. Like your Nutella!

Deborah said...

I just made pancakes the other day and decided that I was no longer happy with my recipe. I'll have to give these a try!!

Elle said...

Deborah, I'm still thinking about these pancakes, days later, hehe. So good. We also threw a few frozen berries on the top of a few, before flipping them, and it was such a nice addition.

canarygirl said...

Yum, Elle! These look so delicious...I don't make pancakes often enough.

Elle said...

Thanks, Nikki. The kids love them, so we have them at least every couple of weeks.

Jen said...

Elle, I am making a batch of these up today since we are expecting an ice storm overnight. I want things on hand that the kids can just eat up without heating up if necessary.
I can't wait to try them.

Elle said...

Thank you, Jen!

blfvs said...

These pancakes are my favorite after I include pecans.

Elle said...

blfvs, I'm glad you like them!

landa said...

I thought I had the perfect pancake recipe but nope. These are awesome.

Elle said...

landa, thank you! I've been searching for the best pancakes with absolutely no luck until I found these. I'm so glad you enjoy them!

Shannon said...

We've made these a few times since finding the recipe on your site. They're FABULOUS! Thanks for posting :)

Anonymous said...

Oooh! My children are Mr. and Miss Pancake, so I will have to try these this weekend! At our house we are big fans of the Cook's Illustrated Light and Fluffy panny and the Blueberry pancakes that are on the FamilyFun website...
perhaps a cook-off is in order for the weekend!


Elle said...

Thank you Shannon and Gemma!

Gemma, a cook-off sounds like fun!

Dianna said...

Thank you so very much for sharing this Elle. I made a triple batch (I have six kiddos) and they were such a hit. My husband who prefers store bought mix (yuck!) loved them! Perfect yummy pancakes thanks to your time and effort sharing with others!

Elle said...

Dianna, I'm so happy they were such a hit! I think that now I need to make some this weekend. It's been a while!

Anonymous said...

Just made these this morning. Not only were they the best pancakes I have ever made (and I've made MANY different recipes), they were the best pancakes I've ever had (and I'm something of a pancake connoisseur).


Anonymous said...

I made these for my boyfriend this morning after doing a search on Tastespotting...they were delicious!

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