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Basic Buttermilk Pancakes

Victor Protasio

Yield

Makes about 10 pancakes

This is our go-to recipe for classic buttermilk pancakes, and it’s the only one you need. Consider the fundamental blueprint for any and all pancake needs. Starting with this foolproof formula for rich and fluffy pancakes, you can create your own custom short stacks by mixing berries or chocolate chips into the batter, or topping the warm flapjacks with fresh fruit, whipped cream, toasted nuts, etc. Be it for a special occasion like Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed or just a lazy weekend morning, this baseline recipe for golden, glorious pancakes will never let you down. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, milk, egg, and butter in a separate bowl; add to flour mixture, and whisk just until blended. Transfer to a large measuring cup, and let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or nonstick pan. Cook until pancakes are covered with bubbles and edges turn brown. Turn and cook other side 2 minutes or until golden brown.

  3. Fresh Berry Buttermilk Pancakes: Add 1/2 cup fresh blueberries or strawberries to batter, and fold in gently. (Raspberries and blackberries tend to break down and produce very wet pancakes.) Note: Frozen berries are picked when ripe and hold up wonderfully if you're craving berry pancakes out of season.

  4. Apple-Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes: Add 1 peeled and sliced firm apple (such as Granny Smith), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to batter.

  5. Orange-Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes: Add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips to batter. Serve with your favorite maple syrup. Garnish with more zest and chocolate.