American Buttermilk Pancakes

Easy Buttermilk Pancakes

When Americans say “pancakes” they mean these super easy buttermilk pancakes. At McDonald’s, they are hotcakes which is a more traditional name for these delightful treats. Buttermilk Pancakes are served from coast-to-coast in every diner, Denny’s and IHOP in the country. With this recipe, you can make buttermilk pancakes at home in the UK. Although these are great any time of the year, they are a favourite and one of our most requested recipes for Pancake Day.

Fluffy American Buttermilk Pancakes

There are a few secrets to making fluffy American Buttermilk Pancakes.

Rule 1: Use real buttermilk

Real buttermilk is always best. We get St. Ivel buttermilk from Waitrose.com. The 180ml is perfect for this pancake recipe. If you can’t find it, mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 cup milk (preferably whole milk).

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Rule 2: Give it a rest

Let the batter rest so that the bicarbonate of soda can interact with the buttermilk. Just like making Yorkshire Pudding – the batter needs to rest to give you the best fluffy pancakes. We say five minutes but ten or fifteen is totally acceptable.

Rule 3: Separate, Peak & Fold

We’re talking about eggs, not laundry. Separate the egg whites and whisk them to soft peaks before adding them to the batter as the last step. Plus, do NOT over mix and lose all of the air in the egg whites.





Serving Buttermilk Pancakes

Always serve buttermilk pancakes with real butter, honey butter and lots and lots of maple syrup. Waitrose 1 Canadian Maple Syrup – Amber No. 2 is the BEST. We also have recipes for blueberry syrup and cinnamon syrup which make lovely pairings for buttermilk pancakes (and great gifts).

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Variation: American Blueberry Pancakes

Simples. Just scatter some fresh or frozen blueberries on the pancake once you have poured it into the pan. The fruit will heat through as your pancake cooks. Only mix blueberries into the batter if you want to end up with purple pancakes. For extra blueberry, top with Blueberry Syrup.

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American Buttermilk Pancakes
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Use real buttermilk, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and always serve with butter and lots and lots of maple syrup.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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  1. In a large bowl, whisk the salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
  3. Combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes while whisking the egg whites.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  5. Gently fold in the fluffy egg whites. Don't over mix.
  6. Heat an electric griddle to 175C or put a non-stick pan on the hob and heat to medium-high.
  7. Season the pan with a bit of butter.
  8. Scoop the batter into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles form and edges are dry. Flip and cook another 2 - 3 minutes.
    Scoop the batter into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles form and edges are dry. Flip and cook another 2 - 3 minutes.
  9. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.
Recipe Notes

Make them Blueberry Pancakes: Just scatter some fresh or frozen blueberries on the pancake once you have poured it into the pan. The fruit will heat through as your pancake cooks.

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