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Jun 21, 2009 09:01 AM

Buttermilk Pancakes

I love baking with buttermilk but often find it sits for a while in the fridge after I've made whatever it is I was baking. Luckily it keeps for a long time.

I happened to have some buttermilk screaming out to be used, and I happened to have been flipping through the CIA Home Baking cookbook last night when I came across a recipe for buttermilk pancakes. Done! Breakfast for Sunday morning.

The recipe was incredibly easy and when together in just about 5 minutes. The pancakes themselves were fabulous. Feather light, lusciously tender and outright delicious.

If you own this cookbook and have not tried these pancakes, do it. They're worth and it miles better than any mix could possibly think about being.

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  1. I must agree that buttermilk pancakes made from scratch are the best pancakes on earth! For the record, i think that the last time that I ate a pancake made from a mix was when I was about 12 years old visiting my newly married sister. She made me Bisquick pancakes for breakfast - I remember spitting them out because they tasted like chemicals.
    My favorite buttermilk pancake recipe is in the Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book circa 1950. They are light, fluffy and delicious. They are my go to pancakes for weekend breakfasts.

    7 Replies
    1. re: OneJayneDoe

      Thanks for the reply. My mother had an old Betty Crocker cookbook, circa 1946, I'll have to check out the pancakes in them. A chef friend swears by the pancakes in Rose Levy's Cake Bible. In any event, scratch are way better than mix, no?

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Just chiming in here....

        After reading this post, hankering for some pancakes, AND just happened to have some buttermilk to use up, I went for the Cake Bible's version. I don't know what I did wrong, but they were a complete mess. Total flop, so much so that I tossed them. I halfed the recipes so maybe that was the problem, I dunno.

        I decided to use my fail proof Mildred Pierce Cookbook, Out to Brunch by Donna Dooher and had as usual, great success!

        1. re: millygirl

          So what is the difference between the two recipes? There are only so many ways you can vary a pancake recipe. 'complete mess' and 'total flop' don't give us much of an idea of what was wrong. Were they too thick, too thin, didn't rise, taste bad, stuck to the pan, fell apart, etc?

          1. re: paulj

            They were very runny and didn't rise at all. Once on the plate they turned in to a sticky glob as if they weren't cooked properly. I really don't know how I messed them up. Like I say, maybe because I halfed the recipe?

            The other recipe was pretty much the same but I didn't have to separate the eggs.

            1. re: millygirl

              Can't think of why halving the recipe should give you problems.

              So the Cake Bible ones called for whipping the egg whites separately? I've done that for waffles, but rarely for pancakes. But that should add to the rise. I suspect there were problems in whipping the whites and folding them into the batter.

              1. re: paulj

                There's a well known bakery/breakfast spot in NYC that makes the best pancakes, I happen to know they separate the eggs, whip the egg whites, and fold them into the batter with very tasty results.

                Sounds like millygirl has leavening issues and possibly the flour measure was off. Pancake batter is normally somewhat thick and will almost visibly spring up once the batter hits the heat. The whipped egg white adds air to the texture of the pancake. Were they cooked completely as well?

                Ah, well, try, try again or on to another recipe.

                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  I always divide the eggs and whip the whites for my buttermilk pancakes, and believe me, it makes a difference. People swoon, really, and they are so easy to make!

    2. buttermilk scones serve that same purpose...although it freezes really well too (totally separates so you have to defrost the entire container to use it)