Maybe you've heard of cooking your pancakes in leftover bacon fat, but here we're taking things to the next level and mixing bacon fat into the batter, too. Yep, that's right, this recipe replaces all the butter with bacon fat for fluffy, subtly salty-sweet results. Don't forget the warm maple syrup for serving.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, then whisk in the milk and vanilla.
Melt the bacon fat in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Pour the melted bacon fat into the milk mixture, then add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk until a thick batter is just formed.
Keeping the skillet at medium heat, ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet to form a pancake. Add 1 or 2 more pancakes, making sure they're evenly spaced so they don't touch. Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes and the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side. Remove to a plate.
Brush the skillet with a thin film of bacon fat. Repeat with the remaining batter, forming pancakes and brushing the skillet with bacon fat as needed between batches. Serve the pancakes with warm maple syrup.
When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)
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