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insanely good buttermilk pancakes

Our breakfast choices are one of the ways we set the weekend days apart and call them special. Call them restful. Call them sweet. Call the family together, or call a friend. I think we need a day every once in a while in which we can find no good reason to change out of our pajamas – until maybe mid-afternoon in time for dinner.

Alton Brown – you know him? The quirky celebrity chef-author, droll sense of humor, with the  fascinating scientific why’s for everything that takes place in the kitchen. Have you seen all his visual aids? They’re crazy! He’s like “teacher of the year” for foodies! This is from him…

Put together the dry ingredients here, seal in a container, and then simply add a couple cups of this mix to a few wet ingredient when you’re ready for pancakes. Less to measure, less to wash, more reason to eat more pancakes. More reason to stay in pajamas.

These are incredibly light and the flavors perfectly balanced. I think you might love…

Ingredients for the “instant” pancake mix

(yields a bit more than 6 cups, making for 3 batches of fresh buttermilk pancakes)

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda (check expiration date first)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container. Shake very well to mix. And be sure to do so before each use – (otherwise the ingredients will tend to settle out, heavier on the bottom, and what you’ll get won’t be what you’ll want.)

Use the mix within 3 months. That should be no problem. 

“Instant” Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk *
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups “Instant” Pancake Mix, recipe above
  • 1 pat of butter, for greasing the pan
  • 2 cups fresh fruit such as blueberries, if desired
  • zest of ½ to 1 whole lemon finely minced (optional, but wonderful)

*  have you made yours yet? you can follow the link to see how.

Heat an electric griddle or frying pan to 350° F (175° C). Heat oven to 200°F (95° C).

Whisk together the egg whites and the buttermilk in a small bowl. (Just long enough to beat a little air into the them. Not looking for much of a change.) In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the melted butter along with the lemon zest. (Alton Brown makes the case for what might be seen as a bit of “fussiness”. You should trust him though. Just do as he says.) 

Combine the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large mixing bowl and whisk these together until thoroughly combined. Pour the liquid ingredients on top of the pancake mix. Using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don’t try to work all the lumps out. You WANT lumps, because you want light-as-a-cloud fluffycakes.

lumpy like me

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Check to see that the griddle is hot by tossing a few drops of water onto to the griddle. The water will dance across the surface when the griddle’s ready.

Lightly butter the griddle. Wipe off thoroughly with a paper towel. (No butter should be visible.)

Gently ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle and sprinkle on fruit if desired. When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake, the edges have “dried” and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the pancake is set.

Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet and cover with another towel. Hold in a warm oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

You probably have your favorite topping(s) for pancakes. But this lemony blueberry sauce is Awfully Good! (For that matter, so are the ricotta pancakes that go along with. How nice that there are two days in a weekend.)

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51 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love how they fluff up!

    March 18, 2012
  2. Your pancakes look beautiful. Part of that is the melting pat of butter and the blue plate and the syrup and the blueberries scattered about…

    March 18, 2012
  3. Insanely good indeed! And everyone needs a pyjama day every so often 😉

    March 18, 2012
    • I pick today to be mine! 😉

      March 18, 2012
  4. Yummy!

    March 18, 2012
  5. Oh goodness Spree these look so good I might make them for dinner!

    March 18, 2012
    • Brilliant! Then you don’t have to get out of ‘jamas til tomorrow! 😉

      March 18, 2012
      • Ha! Definitely looking at all the angles here, got to leave the house but I’ve a few shortcuts to staying in the ‘jams while managing some semblance of presentation!! 🙂

        March 18, 2012
  6. Yummy. I love the idea of having that mix on hand for our weekend pancakes. How perfect. And so pretty, as always.

    March 18, 2012
  7. Val #

    You’re on a roll, Spree… a buttermilk roll! These look fab!

    March 18, 2012
  8. Hi, I nominate you for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD! Check out my blog for ‘the rules’ if you want to accept it. Bye

    March 18, 2012
    • You’re so kind ! Thank you so much…I was nominated last year and posted all my responses and made my recommendations, so won’t be bothering people with all that again….but this means YOU were nominated, so congratulations!!!

      March 18, 2012
  9. Oh my, these look so good! I love the idea of having my own mix on hand. I used to make Martha Stewart’s buttermilk pancakes when my kids were all at home, and have been thinking about them quite a bit lately. I think I’ll try your (Alton’s) recipe and see how it compares. Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 18, 2012
    • So my pleasure! Can’t wait for the verdict! (not even a tiny bit of trepidation.) 🙂 let me know, k?

      March 18, 2012
  10. I just bookmarked this one, Antoinette – perfect for the kids to do this one! You completely rock – did you know that? And your photos? Perfection!

    March 18, 2012
  11. I’m shocked! you mean you get dressed for dinner 😉 Lovely recipe for a weekend breakfast!

    March 18, 2012
  12. Lori B #

    Ani, these look perfect…can’t wait to try them. Just so happens I have buttermilk in the house because of another recipe that I’m dying to try…lemon sorbet…hummmm, wonder where I found that recipe? 🙂

    March 18, 2012
  13. Delish and yummy looking. I usually have some pancake “mix” on hand. This way the Hubs and the kids can whip some up by themselves. I make about 5 lbs of mix every other month and store it in an airtight container.

    March 18, 2012
  14. Kammie #

    Looks. So. GOOD! And your photos are beautiful!

    March 18, 2012
    • Kammie, thanks for your sweet words!

      March 19, 2012
  15. I’d love to wake up to a stack of these but, unless I sleep at an IHOP, I’d better do as you suggest and make a batch of pancake mix in advance. I may not wake up to them but I’ll see them soon enough afterward! 🙂

    March 18, 2012
  16. I make pancakes with homemade ricotta and at the moment they are the family favorite. I have a feeling they will get some serious competition from these beauties.
    I got the cultured buttermilk and I am planning on making my own buttermilk, these pancakes and John’s cheese over the weekend..wish me luck

    March 18, 2012
    • Sassan, I make a ricotta pancake too, and we love it also! It might be a tie in our house. Would love to know what you think though if you ever make them.
      Good luck with cheese making! Am very anxious to hear how that goes for you!! The buttermilk is a piece of cake! 🙂

      March 19, 2012
  17. Youv’e done it again, these look to good for me to resist! I swear by buttermilk, I make the most amazing scones with it, makes baking superb but will have to try and make it myself next time.
    Pics lovely as ever.

    March 19, 2012
    • Lesley, Will you zip me off your amazing buttermilk scone recipe? I’d love to try! And yes, I so agree, buttermilk’s the best!

      March 19, 2012
  18. I just love buttermilk pancakes. This year’s maples trees have been tap and soon we will be able to buy some fresh syrup…it will definitely go on some of your pancakes.

    March 19, 2012
    • Oh Karen, fresh-tapped maple syrup! I try to imagine, but it makes me swoon! 😉

      March 19, 2012
  19. carolyn #

    Oh, i can’t stand how yummy those fluffy cakes atop blue plate with spreenkled blues look! I most definitely need to get me some pajamas. 🙂

    March 19, 2012
    • Yes, there’s strict dress code in place with these. No shoes, no socks, only ‘jamas.

      March 19, 2012
  20. Deb schneider #

    This will become my new “instant pancake mix”. Thanks for the tips about baking soda (mine was expired) and butter on the grill. Loved the lumpy comment 🙂

    March 19, 2012
  21. Your photos are absolutely stunning, these pancakes look divine!

    March 19, 2012
    • You’re so kind! Thank you!

      March 19, 2012
  22. Soooo pretty! I’m all about pj days, as you know, nothing keeps things happily bubbling along on those pj days better than these fluffy pancakes made with your awesome homemade buttermilk, methinks!!

    March 19, 2012
    • Methinks you might have pj days down to an art, knowing you and all your lovely artful ways!

      March 19, 2012
  23. I love the premade mix. It saves on time and the $ spent on boxed mix… not to mention healthier. I did this when still making breakfast for my son…and I’d just take a scoop with 1 egg and milk.. I was happy to get an egg into him on school mornings.. he was happy to have pancakes on weekdays.
    I’m going to try your mix this week… see if I can get my daughter to even eat breakfast!

    March 20, 2012
  24. Uh-oh, for a person who’s already insane, this might not be permissible I suppose. I’ll allow myself a longing gaze . . . ! 😉

    March 20, 2012
  25. Insanely perfect looking pancakes!

    March 24, 2012
  26. these pancakes look incredible! filing away for Shrove Tuesday next year!!

    March 25, 2012
  27. Janet Childs ツ #

    Had buttermilk pancakes for breakfast this morning. Definitely could use some pointers in the photography department. Absolutely stunning!

    July 3, 2012
  28. I love pancakes and these look perfect! I’ll bet they’re great with peanut butter.

    June 20, 2014
    • Hmmm…that wouldn’t be my pick, but people have their own highly personal thoughts about peanut butter and I wouldn’t argue them. 🙂

      June 21, 2014
      • It’s not my typical, but once the peanut butter gets runny over the hot pancakes, add some maple syrup, and it’s time to feast. I was skeptical of peanut butter versatility until I had a peanut butter cheeseburger.

        June 21, 2014

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