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Wednesday Baking | Buttermilk Pancakes

buttermilk pancakes with peaches

Pancakes are a very inexpensive food if they are made from scratch. And this recipe is so easy, I can’t really think of a reason NOT to make them from scratch!

While I’ve never made pancakes from a mix, I can’t imagine that this takes more than 2 minutes longer.


You should note that the buttermilk is an essential part of this recipe…mixing vinegar into milk really will not suffice. The buttermilk makes the batter nice and thick, which results in fluffy pancakes rather than flat pancakes.

stack of buttermilk pancakes

Also, it’s very important to avoid overmixing the batter. If you do, you will develop the gluten in the flour, which is a lovely thing when you’re making yeast bread but is a not-so-lovely thing to do when you’re making breads/pancakes/muffins that are raised with baking powder or baking soda.

Developing the gluten will make your pancakes chewy (and I consider that to be an undesirable trait in a pancake!) so use a light hand when mixing.

By the way, I have a slightly different recipe for whole wheat pancakes, but you can also just substitute whole wheat flour for part of all of the white flour in this recipe.

Buttermilk Pancakes


1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix egg, buttermilk and oil in a measuring cup or bowl. I like to do this in a large measuring cup, and then I can use my egg beaters to mix it up.

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl, using a whisk.


Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix gently by hand(a mixer will make you prone to overbeating). I use a combination of a spatula and a whisk. Don’t worry if there are still a few lumps…the pancakes will be fine.

buttermilk pancake batter

Let the batter sit for 5 minutes(this will allow the flour to be fully hydrated), and while it’s sitting, heat the pan or griddle over medium high heat. To test the readiness of your pan, sprinkle a few drops of water onto it. If the water immediately bubbles up and sizzles, the pan is ready.

Drop 1/4-1/2 cup size dollops of batter into pan, depending on how large you like your pancakes. Cook until the tops are speckled with bubbles, then flip.

buttermilk pancakes on griddle

They should look like this once you flip them, and they’ll only need to be cooked for a few minutes more. They’ll be done when the underside is brown like the top.


Top with butter and syrup (or my favorite, whipped cream and fruit) and enjoy!


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Lori C

Saturday 27th of March 2021

I know this is an old post but I’m a new reader catching up ... I made these this morning and I am wondering why I have bought boxes mix my whole life!!


Friday 29th of March 2019

I love pancakes, these look so good


Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Your food photography is beautiful! And buttermilk most certainly makes the best pancakes ever! The first time I made pancakes with all buttermilk (instead of half milk or water and half buttermilk) I could not believe the difference. So delicious!


Wednesday 4th of November 2015

I know, right? Buttermilk is amazing in pancakes.


Saturday 22nd of February 2014

We had these for breakfast this morning, yum!!! I tossed in a little bit of whole wheat pastry flour for good measure. I also didn't have buttermilk :/ so I soured my milk with vinegar and they were still yummy! Thanks!

Nancy Carlson

Monday 14th of October 2013

A comment about mixing dry ingredients ahead of time for recipes - it is a huge time saver for me. I have celiac disease so use a huge number of gluten free ingredients. I make pancake mixes and cornbread mixes. I store them in the yellow and white containers that my corn starch and baking powder come in. I have the wet ingredients and directions written on the containers. My away-from-home children love my cornbread so return their containers to me for refills. They are easy to travel with and I've used the same containers for years.

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