For the Love of Pancakes

December 9, 2010

Pancakes are a ritual in our home.   As a child, my mother would spoil me with stacks upon stacks of pancakes any day of the week I wished.  (Thanks Mom!) Now with my own kids, I’m compelled to continue the tradition though the pressures of a busy life generally restrict them to the weekend.  Our weekend is not complete without a heaping plate of steaming cakes smothered in homemade jam or syrup.

Many trials led me to develop this fabulous recipe.  It is truly simple and quick to put together.  You will not need to resort  mediocre mix ever again!  The batter produces pancakes which are thick and fluffy, but not heavy.  Add blueberries or bananas and you have a force to be reckoned with.  Feel free to replace 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat flour. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, combine 2 cups milk with 1 tablespoon  lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour

1  Tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs

1/4 cup melted butter

berries or banana slices (optional)

Prepare the batter

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Whisk to blend.  In a separate bowl, whisk eggs lightly. Add buttermilk to eggs and  blend.  Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture.  Stir gently until just barely mixed.  Pour in melted butter.  Stir gently until just mixed.  It may still be lumpy, but that is OK. Do not over mix or you will end up with tough pancakes.

Cook the pancakes
Heat a griddle on medium until a water droplet skids across the surface.  Grease pan with bacon fat (my favorite) or vegetable oil.  Ladle batter onto griddle.  Add berries or bananas to each pancake individually (optional, but recommended). Flip pancakes once bottom is nicely browned. Cook until center of pancake is fully cooked.

Serve with butter, strawberry freezer jam, warm berry sauce, or mixed berry syrup.

Here is a printer-friendly version of the recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes

Give it away!

This mix makes a popular edible gift too!  Place the dry ingredients in a bag and tie with a ribbon.  Attach a tag with the instructions for which wet ingredients to add.  Add a jar of nice jam or syrup and the gift is complete!  Perfect for a hostess gift.

You may also like:

Good Morning Yeasted Waffles

Crepes with Warm Berry Sauce and Lemon Curd

Oatmeal Jam Bars



22 Responses to “For the Love of Pancakes”

  1. Dennis Severson Says:


    What a wonderful way to use your bountiful energy. Now, lets get on to the cooking of RED MEAT!
    Best Regards,
    Dennis Severson

  2. Laura Says:

    Great site! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. Lesley Says:

    I can personally testify that Karen makes the best pancakes I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to see what other recipes you share with us. So excited for you. xoxoxo

  4. Kathy Boyle Says:

    Well I’m pretty excited about joining this site! Your recipe was so easy to click and drag right into my MacGourmet. Can’t wait to see what you will share next.

  5. Janice Juul Says:

    I’m honored, Karen. I remember those sweet notes I used to find asking for pancakes for breakfast.

  6. Amanda Roe Says:

    Karen those look wonderful – can’t wait to try the recipe myself!

  7. Susan Says:

    YUM – So glad you decided to do this blog, and I’m looking forward to trying some of these too.

  8. Susan Hall Says:

    Hi. Karen
    What a wondeful undertaking! Will we see Wester Delight?!
    Aunt Susie

  9. I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow – thanks for the inspiration! Maybe we’ll even put maple syrup and walnuts on top…

    Please keep sharing your ideas – especially these great ones for holiday gifts!


  10. Cathy Wilkinson Says:

    Hi Karen,
    What a fun way to share your yummy recipes!! I’m sure that your friends and new friends will look forward to your next post. Steve has been comparing your recipe to “Poppy Pancakes”!!

  11. Anna Keller Says:

    Oh gosh! I’m so excited to have the recipe for these delicious pancakes! When you gave me this mix as a present years ago, it was so amazing that I assumed it was a $90 a lb. treat from a gourmet cooking shop! Figuring there was no way that we would ever again be able to enjoy such a luxury, we reserved every crumb for just the most special of occasions. Now, even Monday mornings can be special occasions! Yipee! I can’t wait to make up this mix to give to my Room Parents as holiday presents! Thank you, thank you!

  12. Mitzi Perino Says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love your new food blog and can’t wait to try your recipes. This is very exciting! Thanks

  13. Paul Says:

    Great blog, Karen! I too love taking time to cook a good breakfast for the kids on weekend mornings. I thought I had buttermilk ‘cakes all figured out, then I read the Cooks Illustrated recipe and it went to a whole new level. Now I get to try these! Looking forward to next weekend. Thanks!

  14. Kathy Boyle Says:

    Okay, a pancake is a pancake, so I thought. We had out of town guests last weekend and buttermilk in the refrigerator, a perfect combination for trying your pancake recipe. Incredible!!!!! Crispy edges and pillowy inside – it was a hit. Thanks for making me look good, Karen.

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  16. Annie Says:

    This is our go-to pancake recipe! Thank you so much for sharing, Karen. We had them again for dinner last night with rhubarb compote and whipped cream. YUM. (At least Sara and I ate the compote…the boys are pickier than us girls!)

    • Great news, Annie! I’m so glad you enjoy them. Serving the pancakes with rhubarb compote sounds delicious. I just made a batch of cherry rhubarb sauce that I served over ice cream and also over waffles. Yum. I will post the recipe later this week.

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