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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Skip the store-bought pancake mix in favor of this 15-minute recipe for Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes.

Stack of Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup with orange juice and fruit in background

Nothing says “happy weekend” quite like a stack of fluffy flapjacks. Whether they satisfy a carb craving (read: hangover helper) or allow your taste buds to travel back to your childhood breakfast table, one thing is certain: Buttermilk pancakes are the ultimate comfort food no matter which way you stack, slather, syrup’ize or slice ’em.

Glass bowl containing pancake batter and spatula

The most popular pancakes around these parts are actually of the savory variety. If you haven’t sampled my Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes, make a quick stop over there before (or after) you whip up the best buttermilk pancakes to ever flip atop your stove. Just how amazing? Let’s just say that bacon grease is an optional addition to this recipe.

Red spatula flipping flapjacks on griddle

Bacon aside, the real secret to guaranteeing homemade pancakes are just as light and flavorful as those from your local diner (or even your go-to boxed mix), is to not overwork the batter. Lumpy batter is to perfect pancakes as Homemade Samoas are to Naked and Afraid marathons. Critical. Essential. Mandatory.

Armed with this knowledge, now all that separates you from buttermilk pancake bliss is a few pantry items and just 15 minutes of your time.

P.S. No buttermilk? No problem! Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then pour in milk (any variety) up to the “1 cup” mark. Stir the mixture then let it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly, then proceed with the recipe as directed.

Tall stack of Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes topped with butter and warm maple syrup

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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 1 1/2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2
    teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    sugar
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    buttermilk or buttermilk substitute (See Kelly’s Notes)
  • 1
    large egg
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    unsalted butter, melted

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. (There should be lumps in the batter.)

Place a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Grease it with oil. Drop dollops of the batter onto the hot pan. Once bubbles form, flip the pancakes once and continue cooking 1 to 2 more minutes until the pancakes are cooked throughout. Serve immediately with maple syrup or other toppings.

Kelly’s Notes:

No buttermilk? No problem! Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then pour in milk (any variety) up to the “1 cup” mark. Stir the mixture then let it sit for 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens slightly. Proceed with the recipe as directed.

Do not overmix the batter or the pancakes will be dense and flat rather than light and fluffy.

For an alternative to vegetable oil (and if bacon is on the menu), try cooking the pancakes in bacon grease. The flavor and texture is hard to beat.

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Nutrition Facts

Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 305
Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Cholesterol 65mg22%

Sodium 395mg17%

Potassium 388mg11%

Carbohydrates 44g15%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 385IU8%

Calcium 203mg20%

Iron 2.5mg14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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