Buckwheat Buttermilk Flapjacks with Maple Bourbon Butter

Flapjacks topped with a delicious dose of maple bourbon butter might be the best Saturday breakfast imaginable.
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buckwheat buttermilk flapjacks served with strawberries

Recipe by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Maple-Bourbon Butter

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 stick butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 tsp. bourbon

  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pancake Mix

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 2 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Pancake Batter

  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil, plus more for greasing the pan

Preparation

At Home

1. In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a simmer over medium heat. Add the butter, a few pieces at a time, whisking constantly and allowing the butter to melt between additions, until smooth. (Do not let the syrup and butter boil.) Whisk in the bourbon and vanilla and let cool. Transfer the maple-bourbon butter to a heatproof glass jar. Cover and refrigerate.

2. In a large resealable plastic bag, mix both flours, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.

At the Campsite

1. Build a campfire; set a grill grate on top. On a camp stove, heat about an inch of water in a small saucepan over low. Uncover the jar of maple-bourbon butter and add to the pan. Heat the butter, stirring occasionally, until just heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. (Don’t overheat the butter or it may separate.)

2. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg, and 2 tbsp. oil; add to the pancake mix. Seal the bag. Using your hands, mush the bag until the batter is blended.

3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet on the grill grate. Brush the skillet with oil. Snip off about 1/2 inch from 1 corner of the bag. Working in batches, pipe 3-inch rounds of batter into the skillet. Cook the pancakes until browned on the bottom and bubbly on the top, about 3 minutes; flip and cook until browned on the bottom and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve with the maple-bourbon butter.