Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Posted on Sep 14 2012 - 11:00pm by Susan Bewley

buttermilk pancakes

For some reason, I am never too inspired to make breakfast in the summer time. While some people love summer, I can’t wait for the heat to end and for me to back outside walking. With the weather starting to get slightly cooler, I am back to making breakfast on weekends and baking, something my husband seems to be enjoying.  One of the quick recipes I have always enjoying making are pancakes. Not the stuff that comes out the box, but honest to goodness homemade pancakes!

To me, nothing is better than sitting down with a cup of coffee in the morning with a plate full of pancakes, and a tiny bit of pure maple syrup! After pulling up my sleeves, I decided that this was going to be the day I was going to make pancakes. My husband got the coffee going and I was busily getting out my ingredients.

Normally, cooking in my house is rather uneventful, but someone seemed to have told my bowl that I needed to start testing my Skoy clothes (you will see a review of these on Wednesday) a bit more. Right in the middle of cooking, busily flipping pancakes, my nicely balanced bowl decided to become unbalanced. As you can guess, half of my batter turned into a lovely bunch of pancakes, while the rest was easily cleaned up with our new paper towel substitute. Luckily, this recipe is easy enough to make that I was able to get more going in the mixer without any trouble!

So, what are these buttermilk pancakes like? Well, I would call them heaven when it comes to pancakes! It is one of the few pancake recipes I have ever tried where the finished pancake can be eaten without any condiments – even butter! They have a very slight sweet, vanilla taste that I love, and can easily be complimented with a tiny bit of butter, preserves (what my husband prefers), or pure maple syrup.

Feel free to tell me what you think of this recipe! I can tell you they are quick, easy, and make a lot of pancakes! While these pancakes may look small in the picture, they do rise very well, leaving you with thick but fluffy pancakes! This recipe is doubling friendly, but I have found that it makes about 10 pancakes if you measure your batter carefully.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Recipe Yield: 3-5 Servings or 8-10 pancakes
  • 1¼ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 1½ Teaspoons Pure Vanilla
  • 1¼ Cups Buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  1. Stir all the dry ingredients together thoroughly. I do this in my Kitchenaid Mixer Bowl.
  2. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and than add it to the buttermilk.
  3. Add the egg & buttermilk mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix in a stand mixer (like the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer) or with a hand mixer. Blend until it looks smooth.
  4. Add the melted butter & vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Remove and prepare to make your pancakes.
  5. Before cooking, get out a ¼ cup bowl or equivalent. This will make sizing your pancakes much easier on the skillet
  6. Heat your skillet or griddle on medium low heat and grease with a small amount of butter or margarine. With the butter begins to sizzle, you are ready to start cooking.
  7. Fill your ¼ cup bowl with pancake batter & pour it onto your skillet or griddle. When your pancakes are ready to turn, they will have risen and the sides will look slightly brown. If it's not ready to turn, it will stick to the griddle. Once flipped, heat until you see no loose batter if you gently press on the pancake.
  8. This recipe will make about 10 medium size pancakes. Serve warm!


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

33 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Angie September 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Looks so good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. Patty A September 15, 2012 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Yummy! I love pancakes and always mean to make hubby and I some. I'll use this recipe next week. Thanks

  3. Shanna Bailes September 15, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    My son is the pancake king…I will have to show him this recipe and I am sure he will give it a try!

  4. Jessica P September 15, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    This is perfect for my little girl. This past week she has been asking for pancakes for not only breakfast- but lunch and dinner too. She prefers homemade pancakes but I always have a hard time getting them light and fluffy.

    • Susan Bewley September 15, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

      The trick is the baking soda, baking powder, and buttermilk 🙂

  5. Motherhood on the Rocks September 15, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Delicious! I'm pinning

  6. jenn September 15, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Ok you have just inspired me to make pancakes for the kids for breakfast. Since they dont rise til sometimes as late as 2 o' clock, I guess it will be brunch. The recipe sounds wonderful and I prefer homemade. Crap I don't have buttermilk

    • Susan Bewley September 15, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

      If you don’t have buttermilk put 1 tablespoon of vinegear in milk and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Instant buttermilk!

  7. Melinda Dunne September 15, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great recipe! My guys love pancakes I would throw in some blueberries to the mix. YUM! 

    • Susan Bewley September 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Okay, now I have to try that! My husband loves blueberry everything and I have some fresh blueberries in the fridge!

  8. Momma and boys living on a budget September 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I always love a good pancake recipe!    we have been doing egg based breakfast for awhile but I may pull out the griddle this week instead and make  pancakes for the boys. 

  9. julieann r September 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    These sound great, thank u for sharing.

  10. Sue Invegas September 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I can not stand store bought mix. This sounds very good and worth trying! Going to save this for sure! Thanks!!

  11. Tom Shewbridge September 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I love pancakes, so when am I invited to breakfast!  Yummy!

    • Susan Bewley September 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      My husband said they are all his. LOL!

  12. Suzi Satterfield (@MotherhoodLooms) September 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious!  Pinned it.

  13. Trisha G. September 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Yum! I've never tried making my own buttermilk pancakes and I can't wait to try out the recipe! Thanks for sharing! 

  14. Alaina Bullock September 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I am a huge pancake fan and love trying new recipes for them!  This one is next!  Sounds great! Nice and simple, thanks!

  15. MamaBreak September 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this! We love making pancakes on Sunday mornings! Read it just in time!

  16. Natasha September 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    mmmm those look yummy I need to make from scratch pancakes again – I am always lazy and get a box – what a waste!

  17. Sofia September 16, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Homemade pancakes are the BEST!!

  18. Malia September 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    sounds yummy!

  19. Tamara September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    These sound super yummy, thank you for sharing. I hate having to buy a mix I hope I figure this out one 🙂

  20. Candy Olivares September 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I have been craving pancakes! I'm gonna gather all of these ingredients and get to cooking! 

  21. jheylo September 20, 2012 at 1:19 am - Reply

    i would love to try this. i gotta show this to my husband. he loves pancakes and so as my kids

  22. Jessica Cali September 24, 2012 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I am going to have to try these!! They sounds fantastic!

  23. Shydub September 26, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. That looks yummy because of the butter milk and it also look puffy

  24. Dhemz September 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    you never get wrong with homemade…yum!

  25. Cassandra - So Cal Coupon Mommy September 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    These sound soooo yummy

  26. Angie September 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Hoping to make these this weekend! 🙂

  27. jheylo October 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    i feel like having a bite of thos pancakes right there lol

  28. Maria Iemma May 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I've been using the regular Aunt Jemima pancake mix for years but I have decided to feed my kids more home made, healthy food so this Sunday I will be making your pancake recipe. 

  29. Tiffany R December 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    i didnt realize homemade pancakes were so eays. i always buy the powder that you just mix water with!

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