Love me some big fluffy pancakes.
Gordon Ramsay has a video where he makes "American style" pancakes, and he blends the shit out of them. I was all "I dunno who told you that was american style, but those are gonna be flat and tough"
That's the one I was referring to. Look how flat those pancakes are...they're an abomination.
I daresay you outdid Gordon Ramsay on this one...by a ton.
You use baking soda and buttermilk because it causes a chemical reaction that makes carbon dioxide bubbles. If you whip the shit out of them, you knock all those bubbles out of suspension. And since you are using flour, the more you whip, the more gluten you develop, and your pancakes get tough. 10 seconds of light mixing is enough. Small lumps will cook out.
Yeah, I usually make the Bisquick-style pancakes and they always come out light and fluffy. But I sometimes mix in banana (mashed), and add some flavoring (maybe cinnamon, a little bit of almond or vanilla extract, or even some semi-sweet chocolate chips), and my son and husband love 'em. No cold pancakes.