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The Best-Ever Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Brenda loves comfort food. Especially homemade comfort food like the recipes on this page.


You Are Going To Love This Pancake Recipe

Have you ever heard of Polly's Pancake Parlor in New Hampshire's White Mountains? Food writers have been known to call their pancakes the best in America. We could quibble about whether mine are the best-ever buttermilk pancakes or whether Polly's are. And I will be the first to say that the pancakes served in New Hamshire are very good. I have had them and written about them at Polly's Pancake Parlor. However, this recipe makes homemade pancakes from scratch that are extremely delicious, quite affordable and may well be the best pancakes you ever eat at home!

We have been using this recipe and eating these pancakes for years, maybe as many as or slightly more than 15 years. The recipe was originally printed in the Winnipeg newspaper when we lived there between 1992 and 1996 and was reported to be a recipe that was created from the adaptation of several traditional recipes. The only warning I feel that I must give regarding this homemade pancake recipe is that if you have a family, one batch may not be enough. We always make at least two batches; we often make three. Enjoy!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs at room temperature although mine never are
  • 3 tbsps butter melted


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  2. In another bowl mix together the buttermilk, eggs and butter.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring lightly until moistened and leaving small lumps.
  4. Griddle should be set at 375 degrees.
  5. Grease a skillet or a griddle with oil or vegetable spray.
  6. I prefer an electric griddle because it can handle six pancakes at a time which reduces the waiting time
  7. I use a 2/3 cup measure to spoon the batter onto the griddle. If you are adding blueberries, add them to each pancake on the griddle.
  8. The recipe says to cook 2 minutes per side; ours take 5 minutes per side probably because we are usually adding frozen blueberries. You can tell when they are ready to flip after tiny bubbles appear and they look a little bit drier.

The Presto 22-Inch Electric Griddle

I prefer to cook my pancakes on a griddle. I definitely find it easier to control the heat with a griddle than with a pan and I like the fact that you can cook many pancakes at one time.

I use a simple griddle like this well-rated one from Amazon, which really is all you need to make pancakes for your family. It measures 22 inches and is a heavy cast aluminum skillet with a nonstick finish, a smooth cooking surface, a grease groove and a removable drip pan.

Polly's Tip No. 1

Coat your griddle with a spray like Pam and wipe it afterward. Good pancakes don't need much oil.

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Polly's Tip No. 2

Add fruit after putting the batter on the griddle.

Don't Eat Pancakes Without Real Maple Syrup

Highland Sugarworks 100% Organic Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup

Well, I wish I could say that every time we eat pancakes, we have real maple syrup but I cannot. Maple syrup has never been inexpensive but over the past year it seems like the price has doubled. However, we always have real maple syrup whenever we have company and it really does make the best-ever pancake even better!

From time-to-time, my sister-in-law has taken to giving us maple syrup as a gift. It is definitely a most appreciated gift and I think it is a wonderful idea to give maple syrup to anyone who loves pancakes.

UPDATE: We're empty nesters now. We use ONLY real maple syrup now, LOL.

Polly's Tip No. 3

Three tablespoons of blueberries is not too much.

Polly's Tip No. 4

Flip your pancakes when the edges firm up and tiny bubbles have appeared.

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Do You Flip For Pancakes?

Jerico Bob Salvador Babiera from Quezon City Philippines on September 01, 2019:

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Just come acrossed this recipe, will try soon

Cooper Harrison from San Francisco, CA on April 18, 2017:

This looks delicious! Definitely going to give it a try.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on January 12, 2013:

I grew up in New York State with relatives in Vermont. My grandmother always had 'real' Maple Syrup (which she'd warm on the stove) for weekend pancake breakfasts on most visits. This pancake recipe looks yummy!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on January 07, 2013:

@paperfacets: That's brilliant. My son now makes them on command for his housemates at university!

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on December 19, 2012:

My household wants me to make these pancakes all the time.

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2012:

Pancakes are a must in our house! Love your lens!

Escapes2 on September 17, 2012:

Pancakes are my favorite! Breakfast, lunch or dinner.

fathomblueEG on August 31, 2012:

Oh yeah who doesn't? Gotta love pancakes of a crisp cool Autumn day, warming you up with a touch of maple syrup and butter. Yum!

tricomanagement on August 28, 2012:

WE do home made sour dough pancakes (or waffles) but I have to try this recipe sounds to delicious not too!

piedromolinero on July 13, 2012:

I love pancakes, but I am not doing them myself. I prefer thin pancakes, more like the French crepes and my wife can do them perfectly. Her pancakes are so thin, they are almost see-through. :)

Barbara Walton from France on April 28, 2012:

I really must try these pancakes, Brenda. I think they are what I call drop scones, and my son loves them. I've never served them as a tower. I've added this to my Make Pancakes lens.

anonymous on April 13, 2012:

I love pancakes!

bwet on April 11, 2012:


JohnMichael2 on November 20, 2011:

most definitely!

miaponzo on March 14, 2011:

Sure do! YUMMY and thanks!

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on March 09, 2011:

I wish I could have pancakes for breakfast every day. Great recipe!

ohcaroline on February 03, 2011:

Yes, nothing will take the place when you get a craving for pancakes. Your recipe sounds very good. I'm copying it to try later. Thanks.

WhiteOak50 on December 16, 2010:

Oh, yum. This makes me want some pancakes now. Lensrolled you over to maple syrup information. Goodness these pancakes sound great!

kt_glasses on December 08, 2010:

Great recipe! It sounds so good.

Sensitive Fern on September 29, 2010:

I DO flip for pancakes, and this lens. I've featured on my pancake batter recipes lens. :)

squid-janices7 on June 07, 2010:

These sound delicious! I've been living on chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes lately....crave them all the time. I've featured this yummy lens on my Easy Breezy Brunch Recipes lens ( Thanks for sharing!

momto4 lm on April 06, 2010:

I saw this lens last night started craving pancakes. I tried your recipe this morning. They are delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on November 24, 2009:

These are the best ever! I tried them.

anonymous on June 20, 2009:

Tragically, I live alone or, occasionally, with my son, but he won't eat pancakes and I can't cook them for myself alone. I love pancakes. I will just have to enjoy yours, vicariously. Thanks for the lens.

TopStyleTravel on June 08, 2009:

Nicely done lens. Pancakes are great but I can never eat more than two. Still love to look at stacks of them. More pancake pictures please.

GoodBug on May 28, 2009:

I use buttermilk to make scones and they turn out great. Never thought to use it for pancakes. Your recipe sounds delicious and I will try it. Great lens.

anonymous on May 26, 2009:

I have to try these pancakes :) The recipe sound really yummy :)

squid-janices7 on May 22, 2009:

Yummy - I do love a good breakfast! Lensrolled you to my The Best Waffles Ever lens. 5*!!

Tiddledeewinks LM on May 21, 2009:

My family all loves pancakes. I pour the batter on the grill then sprinkle with frozen blueberries on top before flipping! And I use REAL maple syrup. The other kind is just sugar and tastes awful to me.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on April 28, 2009:

Great lens, I could just eat some pancakes. 5*****. This fits in perfectly with the breakfast theme of my "Best Breakfast" lens, so I added it as a featured lens. Hope this helps.

julieannbrady on April 17, 2009:

You've just reminded me that we haven't had hubby's pancakes in a while -- will remind him this weekend!

EpicFarms on April 14, 2009:

Yes I do, and I'm definitely going to have to try these (yummy :o) 5* for a delicious lens!Http://

religions7 on April 06, 2009:

Blessed by a squidangel :)

tandemonimom lm on March 16, 2009:

Ohhh ... man, I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow! 5 syrupy stars!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on March 14, 2009:

Great work! I can never get my pancakes to come out as good as a restaurant's. I've never heard of Polly's, I'll have to see if I can check them out next time I'm in New Hampshire (not too far from me). I'll have to visit your other lens on them to find out about this place.

ElizabethJeanAl on March 08, 2009:

I love buttermilk pancakes. They are so light and fluffy.Thanks for sharing your recipe.Lizzy

Dianne Loomos on March 03, 2009:

Boy do your pancakes look good! Welcome to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group. Please stop by the group and grab the blue ribbon for your lens!

Sniff It Out on March 03, 2009:

Another welcome addition to The Cooks Cafe group.... I will try your recipe out but I prefer golden syrup or just lemon juice on mine.

KimGiancaterino on February 28, 2009:

Mmmmmmm! Who doesn't love pancakes? Beautifully crafted lens, and a welcome addition to Culinary Favorites From A to Z, where P is definitely for pancakes!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 27, 2009:

I love pancakes, and also crepes - and blintzes! Now I'm craving ... gotta make some soon. 5*s - it's sugaring season in NH!

Lou165 from Australia on February 26, 2009:

I love pancakes, it's my hubby's job to make pancakes in our house (they're called mums breakfast in bed!). I must show him this recipe.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on February 26, 2009:

This is a delicious recipe for pancakes. I am going to eat it dripping with Vt. Maple Syrup.Lensrolled to Flip the Pancake and Sing about Waffles.

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