Summary: Natasha Kravchuk, the creator of ‘Natasha’s Kitchen’, reveals her mom’s recipe for fluffy Ukrainian pancakes. These light and fluffy pancakes are made with a yeasted batter that gives them a unique flavor and texture. The batter can be made ahead of time and develops a sourdough-like flavor as it ferments in the fridge. Kravchuk’s pancakes are served with honey, jam, and sour cream.
Natasha Kravchuk, known for her popular cooking channel ‘Natasha’s Kitchen’, has shared her mom’s secret recipe for fluffy Ukrainian pancakes. These pancakes are a family tradition and are enjoyed every Sunday. Similar to American pancakes, they are light and fluffy, but the addition of yeast gives them a heightened flavor and texture. When cooked, they puff up like doughnuts in the hot oil.
What sets these pancakes apart is the make-ahead batter. Kravchuk recommends letting it sit and ferment in the fridge, which gives the pancakes a subtle sourdough-like flavor. The batter is made with warm water, buttermilk, egg, olive oil, sugar, instant yeast, salt, and all-purpose flour. Whisking everything together creates a smooth, cake-batter consistency.
To cook the pancakes, heat a nonstick or cast-iron skillet with oil over medium heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the hot skillet, leaving enough space between each pancake for flipping. Cook for about 1.5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Adjust the heat if needed to prevent browning too quickly. Repeat the process until all the batter is used, adding oil between batches. Serve the pancakes warm with honey, jam, and sour cream.
This recipe yields a large batch, but it can be halved for fewer servings. The pancakes also reheat well, making them perfect for enjoying later. ‘Natasha’s Kitchen’ is a popular online destination for food enthusiasts, and this recipe is featured in Natasha Kravchuk’s cookbook ‘Natasha’s Kitchen’.
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