The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman

I thought if you haven’t heard of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, and you love to bake and cook, then you must hear about her!! I got hooked on her from her blog her and her family live on a ton of acreage out in Oklahoma, her husband is a cattle rancher and she was once basically a city girl but her husband whisked her away to this life on a Ranch and she herself is now a pioneer woman! In her blog she shares a lot of recipes for just about everything, she also shares her life as Mother, her life on the Ranch and all the adventures with that! And she has a cooking show on the Food Network. All in all she is a pretty interesting woman and she lives the country lifestyle which is my favorite so I knew her blog would be one of my favorites!

She reminds me a lot of one of my closest girlfriends Stephanie who also is a big fan of Ree, and is a big fan of Red Velvet Cake. So when I came across this recipe in Ree’s new cookbook, which Stephanie hasn’t gotten yet I was like oh dear lord Stephanie is gonna want to make this for her kiddo, husband and well who are we kidding herself as well on Valentine’s Day!! And while I am at it why don’t I share it with you as well! Make these this weekend, trust me they will be a big hit!

Red Velvet Pancakes (Makes 18-20 pancakes)

Cooking Spray

3 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour

3 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ cups milk

1 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons white vinegar

4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 to 4 teaspoons red food coloring (depending on how red you’d like the pancakes

1. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spray the skillet with cooking spray.

2. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cocoa powder in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

3. In a separate bowl mix together the milk, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and vinegar. Then pour into the dry ingredients, whisk gently until the batter comes together.

4. Then whisk in the melted butter until its combined.

5. Add 2 teaspoons of the food coloring and whisk it into the batter. Check the color, if you’d like it to be a deeper red, add a little more food coloring.

6. Use a spoon or scoop to retrieve ¼ -cup helpings of the batter and drop them on the skillet. Cook the pancakes very slowly until they’re done, about 2 minutes per side. Watch to make sure they don’t brown, you want them pure and pinkish red.

Maple Buttermilk Icing

2 ½ cups powdered sugar

Dash of salt

4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter, melted

¼ cup buttermilk

¼ cup whole milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Combine the powdered sugar, salt, and melted butter in a medium bowl.

2. Add the buttermilk, milk and maple syrup and whisk the mixture until it’s nice and smooth.

3. Stack the pancakes on a plate and drizzle on the icing!!


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