Austinites love their breakfasts and brunches, and accordingly, creative options abound — especially at one of the most beloved diner chains in the city, Kerbey Lane Cafe. These treats are just too wonderful for words, so let’s hush up and eat.
Reprinted with permission from Sweet on Texas: Lovable Confections from the Lone Star State.
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee (regular or decaf), cold or at room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the buttermilk, coffee and 1/2 cup water. Stir in the vegetable oil.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined— don’t worry if there are a few lumps.
- Lightly grease a large sauté pan or griddle with nonstick spray oil. Heat the pan until hot and then spoon out 1/4 cup batter per pancake. Cook the pancakes until the tops look dull and a few of the bubbles pop, about 3 minutes. Turn the pancakes over and cook for another minute or so.
- Serve immediately or transfer the cooked pancakes to an ovenproof dish in a warm oven until the entire batch is finished. Serve garnished with butter and syrup.
Author's note: For an even greater flavor depth charge, try these with inventive syrups. I’m thinking cozy cranberry-orange or pomegranate would be especially nice during the holidays or winter. A light citrus one would complement them on warmer days.
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