I’m always on the lookout for the perfect homemade pancake and I think I’ve found it! This Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe from scratch starts with mixing the buttermilk and flour together and then letting it sit overnight, creating fluffy and flavorful pancakes every time. Reminds me a bit of my Fluffy Cake Flour Pancakes. I believe learning how to make buttermilk pancakes is a valuable life skill!
Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe from Scratch
I recently came across a couple of older community cookbooks when moving my mother-in-law to a retirement community. These always have the best recipes, like my 7Up biscuits, pancakes, bread and more. This one was from 1965 and was full of homemade and classic recipes all listed with the author’s name. I bet many of their families still live in the neighborhood.
I love how this pancake recipe is called Sour Milk Pancakes instead of buttermilk. Many older recipes will call for ingredients by another name, or ones we no longer use or have.
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 egg - separated
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix flour and buttermilk together. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Add sugar, salt, baking soda with water and egg yolk, oil, vanilla and stir until well mixed but still lumpy. Do not over stir, you want to see lumps.
- Beat egg white in a separate bowl and fold lightly into batter.
- Let pancake batter rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Prepare and heat your skillet on medium. If it's a non-stick pan, no additional oil is needed to coat the pan.
- Pour a scoop of batter into pan. When the top is covered with bubbles, flip and cook the opposite side.
If you didn't prepare your batter to sit overnight, this recipe will still work. Just give it a little more rest time before cooking.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 165Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 26mgSodium 548mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 6g
How to Make Fluffy Pancakes
Creating fluffier and bouncy pancakes is easier than you think. Here are a few tips on how to make pancakes fluffy.
- Separate the eggs – Separate the egg whites from the yolk. Add the yolk with the buttermilk mixture and then whip the egg white separately and fold in last. This creates an airy and less dense hot cake.
- Don’t over-mix – when you over mix the batter, you overdevelop the gluten, which creates a more dense and chewy pancake. You want your batter to be slightly lumpy.
- Rest the Batter – Let the batter rest after mixing for 5-10 minutes. This is especially recommended if you over-mixed and will allow the gluten to relax.
Can You make Pancakes with Whole Wheat Flour?
Yes, of course! I’ve never tried this buttermilk pancake recipe using whole wheat flour, so I can’t personally tell you how it would turn out. Making pancakes with whole wheat flour will increase vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin and folate. It also has more iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients than white flour. Here is a great WW Pancake recipe you can try.
Light and Fluffy Pancakes
When you follow this recipe and basic mixing instructions, it’s easy to make fluffy homemade buttermilk pancakes from scratch every time! Serve with your favorite syrup, fruit, peanut butter or just butter. Breakfast just got delicious!
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