Buttermilk Pancakes

"This is our favorite pancake recipe. I got it from Williams-Sonoma site. Try it.. It's great."
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  • In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed until frothy.
  • Add the buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium speed just until blended. (You may have a few lumps, but don't worry about it).
  • You can also mix this together using a wooden spoon or whatever you have.
  • Heat lightly greased griddle at 350 degrees.
  • Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto griddle for each pancake.
  • Cook until the tops of the pancakes are covered with tiny bubbles and the batter is set, about 4-6 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until the undersides are golden brown, about 4 minutes more.
  • Repeat with remaining batter.

Questions & Replies

  1. can you skip the vanilla


  1. Wonderful way to start the day! I cut the recipe in half and still got 6 big fat pancakes that were served with some homemade jam. We will definitely be enjoying these again, thanks for the post.
  2. Excellent. Best pancake recipe I've ever made. Soft, fluffly, velvety. Cooks Illustrated light and fluffy pancakes were the best until now.
  3. — posted Jul 26, 2003,Made these for breakfast today as my last recipe for "pick your chef". I have never been very successful at making regular pancakes, but this recipe worked for me! I did make the first few a little thick but by the end I had mastered pouring the right amount of batter. I made these with whole wheat flour and the kids still gobbled them down. Thanks for this great recipe! ***updated I made these today for a special breakfast and served these with Strawberry topping recipe#59564, whipped cream and icing sugar. Delicious!
  4. One word: YUM. Rave reviews all around. Don't sub anything else for the butter, I think that has a lot to do with the deliciousness factor. Also, I wanted to mention that I spaced and forgot the sugar, and really, I don't think it's necessary. BF says not to use it, since they are fantastic as is. So if you're trying to watch your sugar intake, this is one small way to get rid of a little (granted, jam and syrup are going to have tons of sugar, but baby steps, right?). Again, these have great flavor, and I won't be looking any further for a pancake recipe, because this is the clear winner. I used spelt flour. Thanks for posting! :)
  5. These were wonderful! A thick fluffy makes a thick fluffy pancake. I was out of baking powder so I had to make a substitute from baking soda and cream of tarter. I also had salted butter so I reduced the salt by 1/2 tsp. We ate these with butter, maple syrup, and Blueberry Sauce from this site. Next time I might try adding an extra half cup of buttermilk (as done by some other reviewers) to get a thinner pancake.


  1. used salted butter used 2 tsp pure vanilla extract yum!
  2. I've been eating pancakes at restaurants for as long as I can remember, but these pancakes were so easy to make and tasted so darn good, that I'll be making them at home from now on. I halved the recipe and substituted almond milk mixed with a teaspoon of white vinegar for the buttermilk. They were fluffy and light. Ironically enough, pancakes were the first thing I ever learned to make and that was over 25 years ago.
  3. My wife makes kefir from whole milk. It makes an excellent substitute for buttermilk and it's super cheap making it yourself. You can, of course, use store-bought kefir to substitute store-bought buttermilk, but you'd have to compare costs.
  4. Doubled the vanilla, extra tablespoon of sugar, extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. I got 7 FLUFFY pancakes. Woke my daughters up an hour early, and they complained until they tried the pancakes...they're delicious and BETTER than any mix or restaurant. & using cooking spray is so easy for pancakes. Thank you for the tip.
  5. I didn't have any baking soda so I used extra baking powder instead. I didn't use any butter since I was cooking on a non-stick griddle. And I only used 1/2 teaspoon of salt.


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