Buttermilk Pancakes

Is there anything more beautiful than a giant stack of pancakes fresh off the griddle on a Saturday morning? Add a glass of orange juice (pulp-free, please), a strong cup of hazelnut coffee (I double fist in the morning), and a healthy amount of maple syrup, and you have the perfect way to start a weekend. Don’t you agree?

I’m going to be honest with you… I’m a person that keeps a box of pancake mix in her pantry at all times. You never know when you’ll run out of groceries and have nothing left to make but pancakes, which probably happens more than I’m willing to admit! Haven’t you heard that Wednesdays are supposed to be pancake dinner night? No? Oh, maybe that’s just my house. Either way, we love pancakes and always have that convenient box mix in the pantry, but you really just cannot beat the flavor and texture of homemade pancakes. Not from a box mix, from scratch. Which is not as hard as it sounds at all! I promise!

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If I’m going to roll myself out of bed on a Saturday morning and flip some flapjacks, I’d much rather make some amazing homemade buttermilk pancakes and enjoy their perfect, fluffy goodness. This recipe creates a light, airy batter that makes those tall and fluffy pancakes that are super tender. Don’t you just love that moment when you flip a pancake over and watch it rise up super tall right before your eyes? I love that!

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I made these pancakes a few weekends ago when my sister and her boyfriend came to visit us, and my children decided these would be the only pancakes I make from now on. They’re that good. I guess that box in the pantry is going to be sitting for quite awhile! I paired the pancakes with a to-die-for raspberry butter that I’m planning to share here soon, and oh my garsh (as my 4 year old now suddenly says) was it good!

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If I tell you something, will you promise not to judge me? I mean, we’re besties, right? When my sister was here, I was all excited to play the Cards Against Humanity game I got for my birthday and have a few drinks, relax, laugh, and just have fun on Saturday night. My sister and her beau are quite the wine and diners, and they decided they had a thing or two to teach me about beer and whiskey. Beer and whiskey… those two words are not in this old maid’s vocabulary anymore! I might have a glass of wine or a margarita every once in a great while, but I definitely don’t sling back shots of whiskey. And now I remember why… It’s a good thing I made these pancakes for them on Saturday morning, because after Saturday night I was darn near comatose for two full days. TWO days. Who gets a hangover like that? Needless to say, I’ve had my fill of trying to drink like I’m still 21 for awhile, and that won’t be happening again any time soon. I’ll gladly go back to being a boring, old maid!

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Okay, back to the pancakes! This recipe is pretty simple and straight forward, but I do have a few pancake-making tips that I’ve learned in all my old maid years…

#1 – Don’t over-mix the batter. You want to gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until you have a lumpy, just-moist batter. Lumps are good in pancakes, trust me! If you beat the batter until it is perfectly smooth, you’ll have a very dense, flat pancake instead of a light and fluffy one.

And #2 – Only flip those flapjacks once. Flipping the pancakes back and forth causes them to deflate and become dense, so when it’s time to check if they’re done on bottom, just barely lift them to take a peek. You have to treat them with a little tender loving care!

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I’m confident that once you try these buttermilk pancakes, it will become your go-to recipe too. Feel free to jazz the pancakes up however you like, with blueberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream on top, or just plain old butter and syrup!  They’re all delicious!

Oh, and one other side note…

When you go to pour maple syrup all over your glorious stack of pancakes…

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… don’t be like me and pour until your table, linens, and everything else is covered in syrup.

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In my defense, pouring syrup strategically over pancakes while holding and shooting a camera isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I still have sticky syrup to clean off my camera. You can check out more funny bloopers like this on my Instagram feed! It’s a fantastic place to see what my life’s like behind the blog. 🙂

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Buttermilk Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  1. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk together with a whisk. Very slowly pour in the melted butter, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the eggs.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently with a spoon until just moistened. Do not over mix! The batter should still have lumps.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat and add ⅓ cup batter. Cook pancake 2-3 minutes on first side, until edges look slightly dry and bubbles begin to form on top. Flip the pancake and cook another 1-2 minutes. Serve with butter and syrup.
- Jazz up the pancake batter by adding chocolate chips, blueberries, or other fruit.

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  1. Liz, now I know what to do with the rest of the buttermilk in my fridge! You’re amazing!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      It was meant to be! I think you’re going to love these pancakes! Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth!

  2. Hi liz, these look delicious (great photo).
    I have featured you on my blog. Thanks for all your great original ideas.

  3. haha… I am cracking up at your first paragraph because that is so me!!! In fact I still have that box of pancake mix in my pantry and I aint ashamed to use it!

    But I have always wanted to make my own homemade just to see the difference, apparently it sounds like quite alot!! You’ve officially convinced me to give these bad boys a try and can’t wait.

    P.S. it will be for Wednesday night dinner.. 🙂 Pinned Liz!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Haha yes! Let’s start a Wednesday-night-pancake-dinner trend! I think it will be a big hit. Especially with these yummy pancakes. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

  4. Your syrup-filled picture and whiskey story made my day! 🙂

    I am with you.. what was it about being 21 that made us invincible?!

    Ugh, it’s snowing AGAIN. Are you ready for spring, missy?! I love snow, but I sure am!!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      HAHA! I’m glad I could make you smile! I have no idea what happened between 21 and 26, but I’m pretty sure that night is NEVER going to happen again! Lol.

      NO MORE SNOW!! Bring on spring!!

  5. Hi, sounds delicious! Wonder whether you can refrigirate the batter and how long it would last. Any ideas?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Lila! Great question! I haven’t tried in myself, but I would imagine that probably wouldn’t work well for this recipe. This batter is light and fluffy, and if you give it time to chill in the refrigerator, it may not retain that fluffiness. Like I said, I haven’t tried it before though, so that’s just my two cents! Hope you enjoy!

  6. I made these last night with some sour raw milk I needed to use up. They were delicious! In fact, my husband and I even had them for dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. We love buttermilk pancakes on the weekend, but recently misplaced our recipe, we have been trying to find a new good recipe for buttermilk pancakes, I will have to give this one a try, they look great! I just started a new link-up, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up and would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party. 🙂 http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up.html

  8. Gabriela Aguilar says:

    We definitely did pancake dinners in my house growing up, these sound great! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  9. These are delicious pancakes! Mine didn’t rise as high as yours, but maybe the green food coloring I added for St. Patrick’s Day had something to do with that. No matter, the recipe is easy, and the pancakes taste great. Thank you!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      St. Patrick’s Day pancakes… I love it! Such a cute idea. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

  10. Finally!! I found a pancake recipe that works for me!! Thank you so much for this….I just made some this morning and is still eating em right now…. even tho I am thousand miles away and have diff kind (and probably of lesser quality)ingredients…it still tasted good and it has risen!!! I hope I can send you a pic 🙂 Thanks again….it made our Saturday morning here in Manila. This one’s a keeper 😉

  11. Just made these (breakfast for dinner) and they were amazing!!! I guess buttermilk really is the secret!! Can’t wait to make these when family comes to visit! Thank you!!

  12. OMG Liz, I made this for breakfast this morning and they were such a hit! My nephew who is 2 had 3 pieces! I’m sharing this on my Facebook page tomorrow. Thank you, it was super simple too!

  13. hi…I just made this and it was great, fluffy and we like it…but I have question, is it supposed to taste a bit soury? (I made my own buttermilk-2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons vinegar) Or my buttermilk measurement is wrong? Please answer my question because I will for sure make this again. Thank you.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hi Rita! Whenever I make my own buttermilk, I think I usually use lemon juice, so I’m not sure if the vinegar would give it a different taste. The pancakes shouldn’t have a sour flavor to them, so maybe try the recipe with buttermilk from the store and see what you think! I’m glad to hear you like the fluffiness factor of these pancakes though. 🙂

  14. These wer delicious and fluffy. I added a touch of cinnamon in the batter and some wild blackberries. Yummy!

  15. Found your recipe yesterday morning. Wonderful fluffy pancakes with a butter flavor. My son and I describe it as a buttery buttermilk pancake recipe as the recipe does not call for any flavoring. Next time I am going to add either vanilla, maple or lemon if I use blueberries along with lemon zest. Recipe is a keeper and I have pinned it as well as written my comments. Thank you!

  16. I’ve been enjoying this recipe for a while now. Just received a waffle maker – do you know if it needs adjustment for that? I tried boxed mix and it tastes awful in comparison!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Good question, Anna! I’ve never tried this recipe with waffles! I might have to do some testing… let me know if you try it! 🙂

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