Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Buttermilk Pancake Mix

I grew up on Bisquick pancakes. When I decided to experiment with homemade pancakes, I wasn't sure I liked them. "They don't taste like Bisquick pancakes," I complained to my husband (who thought the homemade ones were awesome). I have since decided homemade is so much better--better tasting and better for your body. It just took me a while to get used to the real, not-commercially-packaged taste.

I started my experimenting with a recipe for a pancake mix, which I thought was a great idea. You could mix up a bunch of the mix and have it on hand so making pancakes was fast and easy--like Bisquick, just lots better. After several tries and changes I had a really nice homemade pancake mix. I make them plain, with mini-chocolate chips, or frozen blueberries. I usually make at least 2 recipes-worth at a time, and freeze what we don't eat. The pancakes get a little weird in the fridge, but keep really well in the freezer. Simply freeze them on waxed paper in a single layer (or with waxed paper between the layers). Then pop them in your toaster and they are just like new (actually better because they are nice and crisp on the outside). Spread a little schmere of peanut butter on a toasted chocolate chip pancake and it's almost like a peanut-butter cup. Yum.

Buttermilk Pancake Mix

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon coarse (Kosher) salt
1/4 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a lidded container and shake to mix. Shake container before using. Use within 3 months.

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups Buttermilk Pancake Mix
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil

1. Heat an electric griddle to 350 deg. (I don't grease my griddle because it's non-stick. You can grease your griddle if you need to, or if it makes you feel better.)

2. Shake the container of mix and measure the mix into a medium bowl. In a separate bowl (I use a 4 cup glass measuring cup), whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and oil together until completely combined. Add mixture to pancake mix and mix with a rubber spatula until the batter is combined but is still a little lumpy.

3. Use a muffin scoop, or measure 1/4 cup batter onto the hot griddle for each pancake. (This batter is thick, and you need to use the back of the scoop to gently spread it out a little.) Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes and the edges start to look dry, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook until golden brown, about 3 more minutes.

Makes 16 4-4 1/2 inch pancakes

Note: All griddles are not created equal. If you find the 350 deg. setting on your griddle is too hot or not hot enough, adjust your temperature accordingly.

This is a recipe from my book. One of my testers told me the pancakes were just like the ones her mom made for her when she was little. It's one of the nicest comments I've had about one of my recipes.

Enjoy! We do, often!


  1. I love homemade pancakes, but i've never tried homemade buttermilk pancakes. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I can't wait to try it out.

  2. They look so beautiful and fluffy! I'm saving this one!

  3. You both will not be disappointed... Enjoy!

  4. Mmmm...they really were as good as mom's :)

  5. You have no idea how timely your post is!!! I recently discovered that Bisquick has trans fat so I took us off it and have been trying to find a good homemade recipe (this morning's attempt wasn't so great...) Can't wait to try yours, my friend!


  6. Trista, these are so good and so easy, you'll wonder how you ever ate the stuff from the box!

  7. Wow! These were soooooo good!!!!!!! And they look beautiful as well :)

  8. Michelle, I'm so happy you tried them! I'm not exaggerating when I say I make them all the time :)

  9. A group of us recently blessed a newly married couple by stocking their pantry. My contribution was this pancake mix along with the recipe. Their first married Saturday morning they made chocolate chip waffles with it and loved them. :oD

  10. @TLZ, I'm beyond honored that you gave them some of my pancake mix--and that they used it! Thanks so much, that just totally made my day! :)


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