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Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 2eggs
  • 2cups all-purpose flour
  • 2tablespoons sugar
  • 2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 2cups buttermilk
  • 4tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⁄2teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 -2tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 -2 tablespoon cooking spray
  • maple syrup, for serving


  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed until frothy.
  • Add the buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium speed just until blended. (You may have a few lumps, but don’t worry about it).
  • You can also mix this together using a wooden spoon or whatever you have.
  • Heat lightly greased griddle at 350 degrees.
  • Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto griddle for each pancake.
  • Cook until the tops of the pancakes are covered with tiny bubbles and the batter is set, about 4-6 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until the undersides are golden brown, about 4 minutes more.
  • Repeat with remaining batter.


  • Nevdiliel

    One word: YUM. Rave reviews all around. Don’t sub anything else for the butter, I think that has a lot to do with the deliciousness factor. Also, I wanted to mention that I spaced and forgot the sugar, and really, I don’t think it’s necessary. BF says not to use it, since they are fantastic as is. So if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, this is one small way to get rid of a little (granted, jam and syrup are going to have tons of sugar, but baby steps, right?). Again, these have great flavor, and I won’t be looking any further for a pancake recipe, because this is the clear winner. I used spelt flour. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  • cmalkemus

    Excellent. Best pancake recipe I’ve ever made. Soft, fluffly, velvety. Cooks Illustrated light and fluffy pancakes were the best until now.

  • * Pamela *

    — posted Jul 26, 2003,Made these for breakfast today as my last recipe for “pick your chef”. I have never been very successful at making regular pancakes, but this recipe worked for me! I did make the first few a little thick but by the end I had mastered pouring the right amount of batter. I made these with whole wheat flour and the kids still gobbled them down. Thanks for this great recipe! ***updated I made these today for a special breakfast and served these with Strawberry topping Sweet Southern Sugared Strawberries (Strawberry Topping), whipped cream and icing sugar. Delicious!

  • Michelle.a.hendricks

    These were wonderful! A thick fluffy makes a thick fluffy pancake. I was out of baking powder so I had to make a substitute from baking soda and cream of tarter. I also had salted butter so I reduced the salt by 1/2 tsp. We ate these with butter, maple syrup, and Blueberry Sauce from this site. Next time I might try adding an extra half cup of buttermilk (as done by some other reviewers) to get a thinner pancake.

  • Debbwl

    Wonderful way to start the day! I cut the recipe in half and still got 6 big fat pancakes that were served with some homemade jam. We will definitely be enjoying these again, thanks for the post.

  • meganalissa

    Wow, these are awesome. Light, fluffy, with slightly crispy edges. Perfect recipe, thanks!

  • Goodsport

    These were light, fluffy and truly delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and my picky husband raved. Thanks so much for posting! Made these again today, but added semi-sweet chocolate chips. With or without chips, these pancakes are wonderful.

  • AshleyMiranda

    These are very very good! My husband hasn’t liked pancakes since he was a kid but he loved these! They are very easy to make and are very tender.

  • DoryJean54

    I made these for a late breakfast today, I bought buttermilk yesterday just for these as I usually use just 1% milk & vinegar for a sub. I always read the reviews then go from there. All I had was salted butter so used that & cut the salt in 1/2 used a 1/3 measuring c. to pour the batter with, added 1t. of vanilla. They turned out light & fluffy tasting almost like IHops. Made plenty & we just ate 5 of them so I had plenty to freeze & have on hand.
    A great pancake recipe!

  • mliss29

    These are excellent. Easy to follow directions. The kids loved them! (Six-year-old said, “these are better than dad’s!”)