Buttermilk Pancakes

Somewhere, at some point early in the days of the blog, I mentioned that I had a killer buttermilk pancake recipe. And I am dead serious when I say that we get more requests for that recipe than just about anything else and I can’t figure out where people are reading this!  I’ve been hesitant to post this recipe, not because these aren’t mouth-wateringly awesome pancakes, but because there is no way of getting around using at least three large or inconveniently shaped containers, plus a skillet or griddle, PLUS an electric mixer of some sort (unless you’re way more motivated than I am and have interest in whipping egg whites), plus, if you make Buttermilk Syrup (and you really, really, really need to), that’s another large pot. These are not your Bisquik pancakes, but you’re paying for them with one cupboard-ful of dishes. And there is nothing in the world I hate more than doing dishes.  What I’m saying is, these are worth it.

My children love them. And the older they get, the pancake requests become more frequent. What was once a few-times-a-year treat has become a staple for breakfast AND dinner at least two days a month. I’ve experimented and tried to streamline, but there are no two ways around it–these pancakes are going to make a mess. However…your family might just be so excited that you’re making something so amazing for breakfast that they’ll do the dishes for you when all is said and done!

The Best Buttermilk Pancake RecipeOne of the secrets to this recipe, that makes these pancakes SO light and fluffy, is that you whip the egg whites separately.  You’ll mix some wet ingredients, including melted butter, together,
The Best Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

And then after you combine that with the dry ingredients you’ll fold in the egg whites.

The Best Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Then all you need is a hot skillet to make all your pancake dreams come true.

It takes a little adjusting to figure out where the temperature setting should be. If it’s too hot, the bottoms will cook too fast and the insides will be raw, but if it’s not hot enough, the outsides will get hard and dry and you’ll be spending all Saturday morning in front of your stove instead of buying bras in bulk at Costco. So the first round or two of pancakes might not be perfect, but just keep adjusting the temperature until you find the setting on your stove that works best for you.

Now…after you’ve poured the batter onto the skillet, keep an eye on the pancakes. When you start seeing bubbles, you’re almost there. When the bubbles pop and leave a hole, it’s time to flip. Gently slide a spatula/pancake turner/flipper (whatever you call it) under the pancake and quickly flip it to the other side. The other side won’t take quite as long as the first side–just check here and there and when the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, you’re good to go.

The Best Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
This is a big batch so it feeds a crowd.  If you have a bunch of eaters ready to go, you can just serve them straight from the skillet. But it really irks me to be flipping pancakes and have my family/friends/pets eating while I’m cooking and then by the time I’m done making pancakes, everyone ELSE is done eating and I have to eat MY pancakes in the dirty kitchen all by myself. Okay, who am I kidding, I’d probably take them into the living room and watch the inevitable Saturday morning Teen Mom marathon, but still…So what I usually do is turn my oven as low as it can go, put an oven-safe plate in there, and pop the cooked pancakes onto the plate so they’re still warm when everyone’s ready to eat.

Wanna know my favorite thing to do with these? Add some banana slices and drizzle with Buttermilk Syrup. You could throw some chopped pecans on there, too, and I’m sure it would be delish.

Feel free to toss in some blueberries or chocolate chips right before you fold in the egg whites. For some reason, though, I just like mine plain

and then I can top ’em off however I want. Mmmm…light…delicately crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfect kitchen-trashing pancakes…

Promise me you will try these at least once paired with this Buttermilk Syrup.

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Trust me when I say these are well worth the dirty kitchen.

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Buttermilk Pancakes


Description

Deliciously perfect, fluffy and light. These are what pancake dreams are made of.


Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, separated
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, melted


Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, and the egg yolks. In yet a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  2. Whisking constantly, add melted butter to the milk mixture. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined (do not overmix; a few lumps are okay.)
  3. When the flour has been combined but the batter is still a little lumpy, heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium-low heat. While the skillet is heating, gently (but completely) fold beaten egg whites into the batter. When the skillet is hot, rub a stick of butter over the pan, or spray it with a little non-stick cooking spray and then ladle pancakes onto hot skillet. You can also put your batter in a pitcher to make pouring easier.
  4. It takes a little adjusting to figure out where the temperature setting should be. When you start seeing bubbles, you’re almost there. When the bubbles pop and leave a hole, it’s time to flip. Gently slide a spatula under the pancake and quickly flip it to the other side. The other side won’t take quite as long as the first side–just check here and there and when the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, you’re good to go.

Notes

  • Feel free to add in extras before you fold in the egg whites. Blueberries, bananas, and chocolate chips are all popular at our house.
  • Freezer instructions: Cook pancakes and allow to cool. Place pancakes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, transfer to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pancakes can be reheated in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds each or in a toaster.

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68 comments

  1. My favorite things to add to buttermilk pancakes are lemon zest and grated fresh ginger. YUM!

    And they are excellent with fresh blueberries on top. (I prefer them on top rather than in the batter.)

  2. I have a recipe similar to this but we call them Cloud Cakes. They are my weekend-only pancakes. During the week I make plain old buttermilk pancakes for the kids (still from scratch though! I do have some pride!)

    I avoid pancakes, waffles, etc because I'm not a huge fan of maple. But I tried that buttemilk syrup and OH MY GOSH!!! It was heaven. The waffles merely became a vehicle for more and more syrup! I couldn't get enough!

    We have a Daddy DAughter Valentines Breakfast for Activity Day next month and your buttermilk syrup is on the menu. Have you ever made a huge batch of your pancakes? Any advice?

  3. Would it be "forbidden" to make a huge batch of these and then pop some in the freezer for a quick breakfast when there isn't time to start from scratch that day? Anyone done this?

  4. This is the exact recipe that my mom has been following since the dawn of time (before I was even born)… and I can testify that they are in fact the most amazing pancakes EVER!

    I plop my blueberries on once I have the batter in the pan. RonChops loves these puppies!!!

    I'll have to give the buttermilk syrup a shot next time I make them.

  5. Grandma's waffle recipe is like this… lots of dishes, but really yummy! Thanks for sharing! I love pancakes,let me rephrase that I love GOOD pancakes and haven't found that one recipe yet! These just might be them!

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