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Best Basic Buttermilk Pancakes

Best Basic Buttermilk Pancakes

Best Basic Buttermilk Pancakes - A basic recipe for a weekend brunch staple, light, fluffy, delicious buttermilk pancakes. This is a terrific basic recipe to which you can add your favorite berries or as my kids mostly do, chocolate chips. I find it best to sprinkle the berries or chocolate chips on the pancakes while they are on the grill before you flip them for best even distribution in every bite.
Course Breakfast/Brunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 large pancakes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter


  1. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  2. Whisk together the egg, vanilla extract, buttermilk and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined. Do not over mix. Don't worry about small lumps. The batter will be thick.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour batter onto a lightly greased griddle on medium heat; it's best to cook these slowly. You may need to spread the batter out a little with the back of a spoon but this is usually not necessary. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until lightly browned on both sides and the center is fully cooked.