Looking for an easy, delicious classic buttermilk pancake recipe?
These photos are ancient but this is my absolute favorite recipe!
Changes: I’ve made these pancakes with all white whole wheat flour, all all-purpose flour, and half whole wheat, half AP. I like them all; I actually like all AP flour the least since it has the least wheat-y heft, but it yields the best golden appearance. The first batch of these came out beautifully, ringed and golden-brown. I’ve also used both cow’s and almond milk without noticing a large difference. If you use actual buttermilk in these, you’d probably get a richer result, but I find that the vinegar + milk combination does the trick.
These are rife with buttery flavor, and I’ve cut down on the butter without noticing a change in taste. Lastly, I lowered the amount of liquid in these a tad to make them a bit thicker.
Tips: If you think of it, set out ingredients ahead of time. It’s best to make pancakes with room temperature ingredients. That means you, eggs, milk, and melted butter.
When greasing the pan, I like to dump a little oil on the pan and use a paper towel to smear the oil around. The paper towel will absorb a lot of the oil, giving you a very minimalist sheen of oil on your pan.
I almost liked these pancakes better reheated (cold pancakes after photographing is only fun so many times)–stick them in the toaster or reheat in a pan over medium heat for five minutes, and they’ll crisp up even more, giving a great delicate crackle of a bite that ends in soft buttery innards.
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes
Tweaked from Bake. Eat. Repeat.
Yield: 12 pancakes
1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
scant 1 teaspoon baking powder (use aluminum-free if possible)
1 egg, separated and at room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons milk
Oil, for greasing
Preheat a pan over medium-low heat. Combine 1 cup of milk with vinegar (this will act as your buttermilk) and let sit for five minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, “buttermilk,” and milk. Add yolk mixture to dry ingredients and stir gently until barely combined.
Add egg white to the mixture and stir until a thick, lumpy bumpy batter forms. Stop before the batter smooths out–-the egg white may not even be all the way incorporated. This is good. Uneven batter = fluffy pancake heaven. Stir in the melted butter, keeping small lumps in the batter if possible.
Lightly grease the pan with oil and raise the temperature to medium. Use a quarter cup to measure the batter onto the preheated pan. Cook until bubbles start to appear on the exposed surface of the pancake, about 2-3 minutes. Flip pancake and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until browned on the underside.
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