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Simple Buttermilk Pancakes

This easy pancake recipe makes a small batch of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. They are reminiscent of the golden pancakes you’ll find at a roadside diner. Top them with fruit, add a generous drizzle of maple syrup and dig in!

Want more cozy breakfast ideas? Check out these apple crisp french toast casserole, or this blueberry overnight french toast.

Few things make me happier on a snowy morning than a stack of pancakes, which is probably why I have so many pancake recipes on this site. My favorite variation is without a doubt these fluffy old-fashioned pancakes, but that recipe does make a rather big batch of pancakes. Twelve to be exact, leaving plenty of leftovers for busy school morning breakfasts.

Sometimes a smaller batch of pancakes is just the thing. Maybe you don’t want to commit to eating pancakes for days. Maybe you only have enough ingredients on hand for a smaller amount. Or maybe you just want to make the best pancakes stat without needing to stand in front of the griddle longer than necessary. Whatever your reason, these are your pancakes.

This recipe makes 6 pancakes, depending on how much batter you use per pancake and whether you are careful to scrape every last bit of batter out of your bowl. These golden pancakes remind me of the kinds of ones you’ll find a great roadside diner. They’re fluffy, slightly sweet, and just begging for your favorite toppings.

A tall stack of pancakes topped with berries and syrup

How to Make these Buttermilk Pancakes

You only need a few ingredients and everything is mixed in one bowl before lading scoops of batter onto a hot griddle. This is the pancake recipe my kiddo makes when they want a batch of pancakes and are feeling industrious.

Recipe Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Sugar
  • Eggs – This recipe uses 3 eggs, which is more than most pancake recipes but you know how I feel about using up eggs!
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk you can use 1 cup regular milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Olive Oil – You can also use melted butter. Make sure you let it cool before adding it to the batter.
  • Butter – For cooking the pancakes on the griddle.

Making the Pancakes

If you are new to making pancakes and want to see step-by-step photos, check out this pancake recipe. It has all of that as well as lots of tips for making perfect pancakes!

  • Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium to large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the eggs, buttermilk and olive oil. Mix to combine until all the dry ingredients are incorporated and no dry bits of batter are visible. Set the bowl aside.
  • Prep your griddle. Turn the heat to medium-high and rub about 2 tablespoons of butter all over the griddle. Wipe the griddle down with a paper towel.
  • Cook the pancakes. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle per pancake. Cook until you start to see bubbles on top of the batter and the underside of the pancakes are golden when you lift them with a spatula. Flip them over and cook on the other side.
  • Serve. Add your favorite toppings and dig in!

Do I Have to Use a Griddle?

Nope, you can also make pancakes in a regular cooking pan. I just prefer my griddle because it lets me cook three pancakes at once. If you are using a pan and hence have a smaller cooking surface, you may need to cook the pancakes one or two at a time.

How Can I Tell When Pancakes Are Done?

The easiest way to tell if your pancakes are done cooking is to make a teeny-tiny crack in the middle with the corner of your spatula and peek at the insides. Don’t do this until both sides are golden. If you don’t see any wet batter inside the pancake, it’s done. Serve the pancakes crack side down so no one knows you peeked.

A tall stack of pancakes topped with berries and syrup

Topping Ideas

Berries and maple syrup are classic toppings for buttermilk pancakes like this, but of course, you can serve them however you like! I also like adding a generous scoop of raspberry or strawberry jam. Banana slices are always delightful, as is a drizzle of honey, or a swath maple cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream too if you want to really go all out.

How to Store and Reheat Pancakes

We usually don’t have extras for this recipe because it only makes 6 pancakes, but if you have leftovers let them come to room temperature. Then transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the microwave until warmed through. This usually takes about 30 seconds for one pancake.

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Simple Buttermilk Pancakes

A tall stack of pancakes topped with berries and syrup
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This easy pancake recipe makes a small batch of fluffy buttermilk pancakes. They are reminiscent of the golden pancakes you’ll find at a roadside diner.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter (cooled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, for greasing the griddle

Instructions

Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium to large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.

Add the wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the eggs, buttermilk and olive oil. Mix to combine until all the dry ingredients are incorporated and no dry bits of batter are visible. Set the bowl aside.

Prep your griddle. Turn the heat to medium-high and rub about 2 tablespoons of butter all over the griddle. Wipe the griddle down with a paper towel.

Cook the pancakes. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle per pancake. Cook until you start to see bubbles on top of the batter and the underside of the pancakes are golden when you lift them with a spatula. Flip them over and cook on the other side.

Serve. Add your favorite toppings and dig in!

Keywords: buttermilk pancakes, homemade pancakes, easy pancakes

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