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February 02, 2024

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes (Canadian or American Style)

In my Hello and Welcomepost, I mentioned that I had made Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes that morning, with Real Canadian Maple Syrup.  

For my European friends and followers, the pancakes served on the North American continent are considered a typical breakfast food and are much thicker and fluffier than its European sister, the crepe.  Did you know that the acid in the buttermilk along with the combination of baking soda and baking powder will create bubbles in the batter, which in turn results in a thicker and fluffier pancake?  Yup, now you know!

Pancakes are also called hotcakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks.  You may be tempted to just grab a box of ready-made pancake mix at the grocery store.  Please don't do that!  Believe me, these pancakes made from scratch taste much, much better!

So without further ado, here is the recipe:

1 c (125 g) flour
1 t (6 g) baking powder
1 t (6 g) baking soda
1/4 t (1.2g) salt
2 T (36g) sugar or maple syrup
1 egg - separated
1 c (240 ml) buttermilk
3 T (45 ml) melted butter

Combine the dry ingredients in a plastic food storage bag.
   Next, add the egg yolk, buttermilk, and melted butter into a bowl.  Slowly, stir dry ingredients into the bowl containing the wet ingredients, do not over mix.  Fold in whipped egg whites.

Heat a large frying pan to medium. Grease the frying pan with butter, or left-over bacon drippings (lard).

Use a ¼ cup measuring cup, an ice cream scoop, or a soup ladle, to scoop up some batter and pour it onto the hot frying pan.  Wait until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, then flip it over once.

Serve with real Canadian Maple syrup!  Yum. 


Bon Appetit! 

Tip:  When we travel, sometimes I cannot find buttermilk.  So here some are substitutes for 1 c of buttermilk:

  • 1 T white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup
  • 1 c plain yogurt or crème fraiche or fromage blanc
  • 1-3/4 t cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes.


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  1. If you want a delightful change to your butter milk pancakes, add a grated apple and cinnamon. Mmmmmmm... 😉


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