New Years buttermilk-bourbon pancakes.

sherry monfils


One new years eve some years ago, I hosted a party and was thinking of what would be good to serve some (probably) hungover people breakfast. I looked through the cabinets and found a bottle of really good bourbon. Bingo! I had an idea. So the next morning while sipping some coffee, ( w/a splash of said bourbon,) I made these small pancakes and they were such a smash! It's very important to use toasted pecans and real good bourbon, they really make a difference!

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1 Hr 20 Min
15 Min


1 tsp
pure vanilla extract, very important
2 Tbsp
really good bourbon
1-1/2 c
+ 3 tbsp buttermilk
3 Tbsp
unsalted butter, melted
1-1/2 c
1/2 c
toasted, finely chopped pecans
3 Tbsp
coarsely chopped pecans for topping
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
light brown sugar
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 c
real good bourbon, for bourbon butter
1 Tbsp
1-1/2 stick
softened unsalted butter
3 Tbsp
good molasses
1 pinch
fine salt
good grade maple syrup, warmed, for serving
2 large
eggs, ( almost forgot these, lol)


1In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, bourbon, buttermilk and 3 tbsp butter, melted. In lg bowl, whisk flour, finely chopped pecans, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
2Whisk the egg mix into the flour mix until just combined. Don't over mix. Cover bowl w/ a towel and let sit for 30 mins. Heat oven to 225, and line a baking sheet w/ parchment paper. Heat a lg skillet over medium heat. Add about a tbsp butter and let melt. Swish the butter around the pan to coat. Drop heaping 2 tbsp batter into skillet and then drop another 2 tbsp batter 2" apart into skillet. Bake until bubbles start to form on top. Flip pancakes over and cook another 1-2 minutes. Layer pancakes on baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm while you finish making remaining pancakes.
3In small pan, pour in remaining bourbon and 1 tbsp sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Continue cooking until it is reduced by 1/2. Put aside to cool. In a food processor, add remaining butter and molasses. Add bourbon mix from cooled pan. Process until smooth. Pour into a bowl and cover. Put into refrigerator to set for a bit. When all pancakes are done, stack them up on a lg platter, spooning a little of the bourbon butter in between each pancake. Drizzle w/ warm syrup and sprinkle w/ remaining pecans.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Nuts, Pancakes
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom