You can make them light and fluffy or dense and thin. I prefer to use Saco cultured buttermilk blend (http://www.sacofoods.com/culteredbuttermilkblend.html) in my pancakes rather than regular buttermilk. The powder keeps in the fridge a whole lot longer than regular buttermilk. I find it in my grocery store baking aisle. It can also be used in dressing and other recipies calling for buttermilk.