Friday, February 7, 2014

The Best Buttermilk PANCAKES and 10 Tips

Pancakes are just right for a lazy weekend morning. It's a nice time to sit down and enjoy an unhurried breakfast. Homemade pancakes are so much better than pancakes from a mix. It's better than going out too, because you can eat them in your pajamas! I'm sure you have all the ingredients on hand and they take only 20 minutes from making to enjoying. Here are my 10 tips for light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
1. After combining the dry and wet ingredients separately, stir them together gently just until dry ingredients are moistened. A few lumps are OK. Overmixing will result in tough, rubbery pancakes.
2. Let the batter rest for at least 5-10 minutes while you preheat your pan or griddle on MH or to 375º. Time enough to get the coffee started and set the table. A nonstick pan works best. Grease very lightly. There is enough butter in the batter to keep the pancakes from sticking.
3. Test the heat of your pan with a small dollop of batter. It should make a sizzling noise. Then use a 1/4 C measure to make a 4" pancake. Allow plenty of room between pancakes for easier flipping.
4. Cook on the first side for about 2-3 minutes or until the edges look dry and bubbles appear on top and burst. Before flipping use a spatula to peek at the underside to make sure it's golden brown. Lower the heat if the pancakes are darkening too
quickly; raise the heat if they are too light when the bubbles on top have formed.
5. Before flipping to the second side is the time to sprinkle fruit (blueberries), nuts, or chocolate chips on top if desired. Cook on the second side for 1-2 minutes.
6. Pancakes cool quickly so serve them immediately on heated plates with lots of butter and warmed maple syrup.
7. You can keep pancakes warm in a 200º oven along with the plates.
8. If you are pressed for time in the morning, mix the dry ingredients in advance in a bag or covered bowl. The dry mix can be stored for up to 2 weeks. The wet ingredients can be mixed separately, refrigerated, covered up to 2 days. When you are ready simply combine the two.
9. Buy a quart of buttermilk. The real thing makes a big difference. Use the rest for making biscuits, salad dressing, cornbread, chocolate cake, or more pancakes next weekend. Keep a list of recipes that use buttermilk and plan accordingly.
10. Now all you need is a recipe for perfectly light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
2 C flour
2 T sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl
2 egg
2 C buttermilk
4 T butter, melted
Whisk wet ingredients together

Preheat pan on MH about 350º-375º. 
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and 
stir gently just until combined. Do not
 overmix. Let batter rest for at least 5-10 
minutes. Lightly oil the grill-pan and 
pour 1/4 C batter onto hot griddle spacing
 them apart. Cook for 2-3 minutes until 
bubbles cover the surface and the underside 
is golden brown. Gentry flip them over and 
cook about 2 minutes more until the other
 side is browned. Makes 18 pancakes.
Serve immediately on heated plates
serves 4-6. This recipe can easily be
 cut in half or can be doubled.


  1. Rita,
    I L O V E Pancakes. . .for breakfast or ANYtime, dear one.
    Thanks for the recipe, tutorial and tips on fixin' ahead!
    Nothing sounds better for breakfast this morning while I sit and watch freshly falling SNOW!!!
    P.S. Visiting from Common Ground!

  2. I get so many wonderful recipies from you. Will make for my guy's birthday breakfast towards the end of the month.

  3. Cheryl - CaliforniaFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM


    Made these buttermilk pancakes on Sunday for my two granddaughters. Best recipe ever and they wanted more for lunch!

  4. Your pancakes look absolutely perfect. I'm sure they taste divine too. Anyway, your take on the good ole' pancake has the right amount of lumpiness, which is the secret to that airy soft pancake. Some cooks tend to over-mix, which produces flat saucers midway between a pancake and a crepe. Haha! Anyway, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. Keep on cooking!

    Jason Underwood @ La Patisserie

  5. As Someone Who Was Raised In An Amish/Mennonite Home & Community...If You Don't Have Buttermilk, Just Add 1 TBSP Of Vinegar Or Lemon Juice To Each Cup Of Milk. To Make Your Pancakes Even Fluffier, Separate Your Eggs And Beat Your Egg Whites Till Stiff. After You Have Combined All Your Dry Ingredients To Your Wet Ingredients....GENTLY Fold In Your Stiffly Beaten Egg Whites. Once You Do That...Let Your Batter Rest For About 30 Minutes. When You Fry Your Pancakes, I Promise, You Will Be AMAZED At How Fluffy/Poofy Your Pancakes Are!!! �� ��