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Last weekend, while Pepper Tiegen prepared her kanom krok (Thai coconut pancakes) during the final segment of Kitchn’s Brunch Fest, she and Kitchn’s Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, chatted pancakes. Pepper gushed that her son-in-law, John Legend, makes the best, fluffiest pancakes on Sundays. After a lot of digging, I discovered that the recipe for Legend’s beloved pancakes comes from blogger Oh Sweet Basil. Of course, I had to try it.
How to Make John Legend’s Favorite Pancakes
We may never know how the buttermilk pancakes from blogger Oh Sweet Basil made their way to the Legend-Teigen household, but thanks to Pepper Teigen, we know this is John’s go-to recipe.
You’ll start by whisking the dry ingredients — salt, baking powder, baking soda, sifted flour, and granulated sugar — together in a bowl until combined. In another bowl, combine a pair of eggs and buttermilk. Drizzle in melted unsalted butter and whisk the wet ingredients together until well-blended. Set the whisk aside and use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and stir gently until almost all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Cook the batter on a buttered griddle until bubbles form, then flip and cook until golden. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.
My Honest Review of Oh Sweet Basil’s Buttermilk Pancakes
A lot of recipes for lofty buttermilk pancakes call for separating eggs or whisking whites until stiff, so when I heard Pepper Teigen praise John Legend for his fluffy Sunday morning pancakes, I assumed they would involve extra work of some kind. But to my surprise and delight, Oh Sweet Basil’s take on the classic diner breakfast is simple and straightforward, while still managing to be some of the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever tasted.
The pancake batter is thick enough to be scooped with a 1/3-cup measuring cup or an ice cream scoop, which made the process fairly mess-free. They browned beautifully and grew tall once flipped. If you’re looking for a reliable recipe with show-stopping results, look no further than this. I would 1000% make these again.
If You Make John Legend’s Favorite Pancakes from Oh Sweet Basil, a Few Tips
Have you tried John Legend’s favorite pancakes? Let us know in the comments!