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Dec 20, 2009 04:01 PM

Looking for killer pancake mix recipe

I'd really like to make up homemade gifts, including homemade pancake mix. I'm also doing cocoa mix (CI recipe) and granola (variation on ABin5 recipe).

But I haven't found a pancake mix I'm really happy with. I make homemade pancakes all the time, but I'm looking for something that I can give as mix with simple preparations for the recipient. I'm used to mixing grains, spices, and fruit for all kinds of pancakes. But I'm giving to people who usually use a box mix -- so all I want them to have to do is to add an egg, regular milk, and oil/butter is all.

I've seen all kinds of recipes, but the ratio of baking powder to flour is all over the place! I tried one last week to test on our family, but something was "off" with the texture and flavor.

So I'm hoping for a CH rec of a tried and true mix recipe. I'll likely use a blend of WW and AP flour, because it adds a lot to the flavor.

The Alton Brown recipe requires buttermilk to work.

This one from All Recipes confuses me, because it calls for baking powder and baking soda, but there's no acid for the soda to react with.

I checked out the KA one, but that requires buttermilk too:

Any suggestions? Or am I asking too much to have a simple but delicious mix?

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  1. If you want a recipe that uses buttermilk, you can just sift Saco dried buttermilk in with the dry ingredients -- it works very well.

    I swear I am like a spokesperson for this company, I love this product so much. It's really great, easy to use, keeps well, is economical, and I actually think it tastes better than so-called "fresh buttermilk," which is really a cultured milk product, and not the liquid left over after butter is churned.

    12 Replies
    1. re: visciole

      you beat me to it - was going to suggest using dry buttermilk powder in the mix. love the stuff!

      or here's a more unique, multi-grain recipe:

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Isn't it the best? I am always foisting cans of it on my poor unsuspecting friends, LOL!

        1. re: visciole

          it's great :) Bob's Red Mill makes a good product too, but it comes in those awful, crackly plastic bags that inevitably tear and make a mess of everything, so you have to transfer it to a different container.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I didn't know Bob's Red Mill made dried buttermilk. Thanks for telling me -- I'm always worried Saco will stop making it or something, so it's good to know there's another option. (I NEED this stuff!)

            1. re: visciole


              or you can order 24-oz plastic containers from Surfas in LA - that was my go-to supplier when i lived there:

              do you use it solely for baking? it's *awesome* for homemade salad dressing.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Yes, I do use it in salad dressing! In fact I add it to many non-baked things. I like it in some casseroles, it's good in meatballs or meatloaf, and I sometimes add it to soups or sauces. But you can't beat it in pancakes or biscuits....

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Thanks -- I like the idea of buttermilk powder. Have you tried any of these mix recipes?

          I just want to try to hit on a proven winner!

          1. re: eamcd

            Oops, sorry, OP -- didn't mean to highjack your thread into a discussion of dried buttermilk love!

            I have not personally tried any of the recipes mentioned. I usually just use the buttermilk pancake recipe in the "Joy of Cooking," since it's what I grew up on. But I think you could (if you have time) just try out your recipe of choice to see if you like it. Any people in your vicinity who get to sample the buttermilk pancakes will be quite happy! (I once received a wedding proposal on the basis of some buttermilk pancakes....)

            1. re: visciole

              No problem -- it wasn't a hijack -- just a slight detour!

              I think I'll mix up a smaller batch to taste test. Thanks for the suggestions!

        3. re: visciole

          I've gotten great results using the Saco product with Alton Brown's recipe, so I can second your suggestion. My only question is whether this would be ok when preparing a large of batch of the pancake mix -- can the dried buttermilk just keep indefinitely?

          I've only done it where I scooped out that day's worth of Alton's mix from the large batch I'd made previously, and then sifted in the buttermilk. But I've had packets of Saco's that hardened (and were unusable) before I got to open them, which makes me think it might not be a great idea to mix it up into the master recipe for the pancake mix. But admittedly I haven't actually tried it.

          1. re: Helen F

            dried buttermilk actually has a pretty long shelf life if stored properly - cool, dry conditions are best. is there any chance the packets you had were exposed to heat or a lot of direct light? i only had one can of Saco that hardened up like that, and it was because the plastic seal underneath the lid had been compromised (by the time i got around to pulling off the lid to use the product and noticed it, it was too late to return it to the store).

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              They were in a kitchen cabinet, no direct light, not close to heat. I wrote to the company and they kindly sent me a replacement. It's possible that I had bought a box that had been on the supermarket shelf a long time.