I had something else planned for dinner.  Then a thousand things happened this afternoon and I couldn’t pull it together in time.  Uh oh. Starving family! And then I remembered something I heard about on NPR this afternoon (so I listen to NPR from time to time, what’s it to ya?) while I was waiting in the carpool line at the elementary school: Fat Tuesday Pancakes.  I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of this tradition before now, because it’s one I can totally get behind!  By the way, these are the absolute best pancakes I’ve ever had.  No more Bisquick for me!



Sour Cream Pancakes (this is a straight up Pioneer Woman recipe from her cookbook: Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes)


1 cup sour cream
7 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/ 2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup


Warm up your griddle, iron skillet or frying pan at a medium heat.  Get it nice and hot but not smoking.

In a bowl combine sour cream with sifted dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, & salt).

In separate bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together

Pour egg mixture into sour cream/flour mixture. Stir gently until all ingredients are mixed well.

Melt about a tablespoon of butter onto griddle. Using a ladle pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the pan, making about a 4 inch in diameter pancake

Cook each side of the pancake for about 1 to 2 minutes, flipping when the edges start to brown and cake begins to bubble.

Remove from heat and stack high, top with a pad of butter and drizzle with lots of maple syrup!