Hint of Orange Pancakes


What started as a disappointing morning when I woke up craving pancakes but realized I had no milk, turned into a great opportunity for some experimentation. Knowing that buttermilk pancakes get their light, fluffy consistency from the lactic acid, I tested using 1 part orange juice and 2 parts water in place of the milk in my basic pancake recipe. I also added some additional oil to make up for the lack of milk-fat. The resulting pancakes had a hint of orange flavor, and an airy consistency. Now this success leaves me wondering what to try next time, perhaps it'll never be simple pancakes again.

1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 egg

1. Preheat a skillet to medium heat. 
2. Combine dry ingredients and mix well. 
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, water and egg. 
4. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir until smooth. 
5. Pour pancake batter onto skillet in 2-3 inch rounds. When bubbles begin to form in batter, flip pancake and cook for additional 1-3 minutes or until lightly brown. 
6. Serve with butter and syrup as desired.

Serves 2-3