If you know me at all, you know that I love breakfast. This recipe was born one morning when I had just a little regular flour on hand, but a lot of whole-wheat flour, and some almost-spoiled milk in the fridge. So I decided to make these delicious pancakes with the milk before it went all the way bad. Sour milk and buttermilk can be used interchangeably in this recipe, or you can make a facsimile of buttermilk yourself (see Cook's Note). Chocolate and berries are excellent on these pancakes, as are other toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream, though I admit to devouring an entire rather large pancake with no toppings at all since I just couldn't wait.
Whisk the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, oil and eggs together in a medium bowl. Make a small well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Whisk until just combined. The batter may be slightly lumpy.
Heat a pancake griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and swirl or stir to coat the surface. Working in batches, spoon about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto the griddle or skillet. Flip the pancakes when the tops are covered with bubbles and the edges are lightly browned and set. Cook the other side for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the griddle or skillet and continue until all the batter is used, adding more butter as needed.
Serve the pancakes with your choice of chocolate syrup (or melted chocolate ganache), berries, maple syrup and/or whipped cream.
I never buy buttermilk—I always make it by adding a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to a scant 1 cup of milk and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. The vinegar curdles the milk, giving it that delectable and homey buttermilk flavor.