Pecan Sour Cream and Buttermilk Pancakes

– johanna | August 10th, 2009

Filed under: RECIPES - Breakfast

Pecan Sour Cream Buttermilk pancakes

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a breakfast fanatic. I could eat breakfast foods for every meal if I let myself. The idea for pecan sour cream buttermilk pancakes came from a book I was reading about a woman who loves to cook, a hitman for the US government, her best friend’s conniving vicious mother and the Italian Mob. Every morning Agnes gets out of bed and makes breakfast for her friends and family who have gathered around her place in anticipation of her God daughter’s wedding. Her specialty is sour cream and buttermilk pancakes studded with pecans. I have been thinking about those pancakes ever since. Cook’s Illustrated was the closest match combining melted butter, sour cream, buttermilk and two eggs.

These pancakes are amazing. The sour cream gives the flavor a boost that other buttermilk pancake recipes lack. They are tender and thick but not mushy. Agnes served hers with a fried ham steak.

Grazie Agnes il mio amico. Buon appetito

Stack of pecan sour cream buttermilk pancakes

Source: Cook’s Illustrated
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream, room tempertature
2 large eggs, room temperature
3 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled slightly
1-2 tsp vegetable oil
Pecans, broken or whole

Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a second bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, sour cream and melted butter. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Gently stir until just combined; it will be lumpy and thick. Let sit for 10 minutes

Using 1/4-cup measurement pour batter on the medium heat hot griddle. Dot with pecans. Cook until bubbles form on top, about 1-2 minutes then flip. Continue to cook about 1 minute longer or until bottoms are golden brown.

Makes 16 four-inch pancakes

-For this recipe use Gold Medal or Pillsbury. If using a higher protein flour such as King Arthur, use an extra two Tbsp of buttermilk.

Tips: Do not over mix the batter. It will become too runny. It is still edible but for fluffier pancakes gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry just until combined.

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  1. I read your opening paragraph and it sounded just like me! I read the same book (several times–love it!) and have been dreaming about those pancakes! I pulled the book out again, skimmed through it to find the page where they mention the ingredients and was just searching the web to see if I could locate a recipe and came across your page. I am so excited! Might have to make these for supper tonight! Thanks much!

    Comment by Kimberj3 — March 24, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  2. I am glad you stopped by. They talk about her famous pancakes so often they should have included a recipe. But I hope you find this recipe fits the bill.

    Comment by johanna — March 24, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  3. Ha! I love that book too, and that’s how I got to thinking about this recipe. What WERE they thinking, not including a recipe? The authors missed the boat there, but I’m glad you’re filling the gap!

    Comment by Crystal — May 15, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

  4. Thank you Cook’s Illustrated for coming to our rescue.

    Comment by johanna — May 15, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

  5. I’ve thought of making those pancakes since first reading that book. I recently re-read it and started searching for a recipe that matched the ingredients listed in the story. Glad to see I’m not the only one who gets recipe ideas from books they read–and that book in particular! Thanks for finding this recipe, can’t wait to try it out.

    Comment by Susan — June 8, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  6. The pancakes were mentioned so much you can’t help but crave a bite. I hope they are satisfying.

    Comment by johanna — June 9, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  7. Too funny, I just read the same book this week and wondered why no recipe was included. Do you think Jennifer Cruisie realized what a frenzy she’d create when she wrote that book? Thanks for the recipe!

    Comment by sandy — July 25, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  8. omg, just finished reading the book for like the tenth time, I absolutly love it. I have been craving those damn pancakes for so long i cant believe i have finally found a reputable recipe. Will be trying this in the a.m. Cant wait!!!!

    Comment by Krystal — August 5, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  9. Yup, I also just finished rereading the book, and decided dinner tonight was going to be pancakes and bacon — was thinking ham, but bacon is what is in my freezer. Anyway, this was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for posting it!

    Comment by J Urbik — August 17, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  10. Wow, looks like this book is more popular than i thought!
    a friend just reccommended it to me and i hanvt even finished it yet, but from the moment she mentioned those pancakes, i stopped reading to look up a recipe. thank you sooooo much for provideing one. in the book, agness mentions adding cinnamon, has anyone tried this? Im sure it only makes them even more delecatable.

    Comment by vandelay — September 2, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  11. I forgot about that part in my haste to find a recipe. You can never go wrong with cinnamon. What do you think a 1/2 tsp pr whole tsp?

    Comment by johanna — September 2, 2010 @ 11:18 am

  12. Oh my god yes! I am in love with Jennifer Cruisie and I just re-read this book and was reminded of the pancakes…mmm the pancakes :) I’ve been looking for a good recipe that can show me how to make these but I don’t like pecans so I wanted to substitute them with a fruit of some kinda. I was thinking either bananas or apples. Ideas?

    Comment by tricia — September 10, 2010 @ 7:07 am

  13. Agnes and the Hitman is one of my favorites. I too had just finsihed re-reading it and was craving the pancake recipe. Jenny Crusie posts several recipes on her site but she admits she ahsn’t perfected the pnes for pancakes yet. I’m thinking we should probably send her this one!

    Comment by Jenna — October 12, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  14. Never considered looking on her website for the recipe. Smart idea. I will have to see if she has the chocolate raspberry cupcakes.

    Comment by johanna — October 13, 2010 @ 9:09 am

  15. Dear fellow Agnes fans I just shot Jennifer Cruise an email with the link to this recipe (Thank you Jenna for the idea) asking her to rate it. I will keep you posted.

    Comment by johanna — October 13, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  16. Lol. I am reading the book right now. I literally set it down to look up this recipe!

    Comment by Valerie — October 14, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

  17. I just finished that book for at least the 10th time (one of my favs, love her, get her old stuff) and decided to finally look up a recipe. Yay! Here’s one that sounds great and I intend to try it. I love to cook and collect recipes and I always thought she should have included a recipe in that book. This looks pretty much like I imagined it.

    Comment by Kali — October 20, 2010 @ 7:33 am

  18. by the way, made these pancakes with bananas to substitute for the pecans, AMAZING!!! Just thought i’d let you all know :)

    Comment by tricia — December 14, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  19. I love the book but hate how they didnt include the recipes! I was just reading eat and began to crave the pancakes ive never even tasted. I plan to make these in the morning:) thank you for posting!

    Comment by Kendra — June 11, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  20. Kendra, I hope that they are everything you have dreamed they would be. In fact since you just reminded me of them I think we are having pancakes in the morning for breakfast.

    Comment by johanna — June 11, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  21. I am so glad this was on here!!! I was in the middle of reading it and put it down to get online to see if there was a recipe for these pancakes!!!! THANK YOU!!!! I will try them as soon as I get all the ingredients!!!

    Comment by Katie — June 30, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  22. So I am reading the book now and just like the rest of you….I am dying to try these pancakes. Gonna have them for Sunday morning breakfast!! Two of my passions together…a good book and good food…can’t go wrong!!!!

    Comment by CeCe — January 19, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  23. I can’t believe I actually came across this site and RECiPE! My husband and I just finished a trip to/from Wisconsin listening to this book on audio. Everytime those pancakes were read we were dying for some! Reading the posts I’m not surprised there’d be others searching for the same thing. THANK YOU not only for the recipie but what’s become our own bit o blog page to share our enjoyment of a story we’ve all read! If you ever do come across the chocolate raspberry cupcakes, please post it too! And keep us posted on any thoughts from the author! I’ll be making these soon :)

    Comment by Shawn — February 12, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

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