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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Hi there, I am always looking for healthy alternative snacks for my ALWAYS HUNGRY 10y old son. I wonder if you can tell me what the nutritional values are of these pancakes and the storage options eg freezing. Thanks.
Hi Sunita–you can definitely refrigerate these pancakes for about a week (highly recommend reheating them on the stovetop) or freeze them (first freeze them individually on a cookie sheet, then add to a bag) for probably up to a month!
Erika! these are still my go-to weekend pancakes. I brag to folks that I know the pancake princess and that she gave me her magic recipe.
Oh my goshh day MADE. You can tell people I developed it especially for you.
Hi Erika, love the pancakes, they look so fluffy and delicious! I am pancake crazy, I play with the recipe so much that my sister keep reminding me to stop posting pancakes on my blog, I guess she had enough 🙂
I’m so happy to visit your blog, there are many goodies here!
Thanks Muna! These buttermilk ones are actually one of my all-time favorites 🙂 I say you can never have too many pancakes, so please keep posting!! Your gingerbread ones looked fantastic 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting and for the kind comment!
Found your website recently and boy am I glad I did! I love pancakes too but had suffered from numerous pancake fails … just did this recipe for the classic buttermilk recipe and need to look further no more! This was perfect, fluffy, and just a great canvas for whatever top pings you want! I wanted to thank you for such a great site and leading me to discover pancake NIRVANA!!!
Alessandra! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I’m SO glad you tried + liked these pancakes–I’ve been thinking about re-doing this post since the photos really don’t do the recipe justice. Much love <3
Mandy @ lady and pups
OK, I don’t know if this ever happens to anybody… but I have question regarding general pancake batters. Is it just me or the baking powder always start “acting up” before the batter even hits the pan? I mean they are just bubbling away in the batter, and before it really has a chance to puff up in the pan, the batter has lost all its leavening power…
Huh. I can’t say that’s ever really happened to me…so you end up with flat pancakes? Do you mix the wet and dry ingredients separately and then mix them together? And then cook them right away? Normally, the maximum lag time between mixing the wet + dry and cooking is, for me, around 15 minutes and I’ve never had a problem with flat pancakes.
Hmm…maybe this is because I think I only use double-acting baking powder. So some of the power is released when the batter is heated + cooked.
Sorry…I’m totally befuddled by this! But also intrigued.
I usually use aluminum-free baking powder… I mean I can see the batter getting “foamy” while I heat up the pan or during the cooking of the first batch. And at the nd of the last batch, the batter normally isn’t foamy anymore. The pancakes still has some lift but I’ve always wondered if they could be taller if the baking powder has lost some of its leavening power…. Maybe I should chill my wet ingredients first? Weird….
Hmm…I’m going to have to watch my batter more closely the next time I make pancakes! I’ve never noticed that and (I think) my pancakes usually come out pretty consistently throughout the batch.
Clearly you’re going to have to visit someday so you can show me how you make pancakes!
I wish I would have known about your blog when I bwgan my search for the perfect pancake. I wouldn’t have wasted my time on awful recipes. Your buttermilk pancakes are a mazing. Thanks for sharing with us such a gem. 🙂
Uh, these are beautiful and look absolutely AWESOME!!!! Can you come make me pancakes?!? 😀
OMG these pancakes all look so fluffy and perfect! And I adore the powdered sugar designs.
Nicole @ Culinary Cool
Those Cinnamon pancakes would have been great for Christmas morning. I made French Toast Muffins instead.
Wow, that sounds amazing! I’d love to try that sometime. I’m heading over to your blog to look for the recipe now! (Although if it’s not on your blog, what recipe did you use?)
Tasty and cute!
I love the stencilling on top! Classic pancakes are awesome. Always. Plus probs better during Christmas because of the gingerbread overload for every other meal 😛 hehe
We are totally on the same wavelength 🙂
Erika, I could easily devour stacks of both pancakes, no problem! A good buttermilk pancake is always a welcome classic. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, filled with good food and lots of booze! I look forward to drooling over more of your fabulous recipes in 2013 🙂
The pancakes are incredible! Buttermilk pancakes sound so good right now. The cakey cinnamon sound great too! Decisions, decisions!! Your brother is pretty creative too with the confectioners’ sugar designing 🙂 Happy Holidays!!
The Healthy Flavor
Haha Erica! I posted my Gingersnap pancakes the other day because I’m obsessed with ginger so I laughed when you said you were all gingered out! 🙂 I can’t get enough of them. I love these cinnamon ones…my post is my old cinnamon recipe that I turned into a Gingersnap cookie pancake. I’m loving the buttermilk ones…they look so classic and so delicious as your pancakes always do!! Gorgeous and salivating!!
Oh my GOSH I meant to keep an eye out for your pancakes but I’ve been so busy, running around like crazy!! I know I said I’m spiced out but I bet yours are DELICIOUS…I’m sure I’ll be tempted to make them!! Gingersnap cookies actually sound super delicious right now, hoo man.
Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a fantastic Christmas!!
The Healthy Flavor
I still am going to make your cookies and cream ones, I just haven’t gotten the chocolate wafers yet because I’ve been so busy with Christmas too! Merry Christmas!! 🙂