Thick Buttermilk Pancakes

It does not matter the season, but once every six weeks or so I have a major craving for pancakes.  I think that it feels luxurious to mix the batter, pour little puddles onto the griddle and eat them warm with my coffee.  Pancakes simply epitomize Saturday mornings.

Thick Buttermilk Pancakes are the classic pancake you hope for: thick, light and pillow-y.  For my son’s PJs and Pancakes party, I used these as the base and let the kids choose their toppings.  Of course the kids chose sprinkles and mini-chocolate chips but they would be even more delicious with berries or sliced bananas.

Start with the wet ingredients (egg, buttermilk and oil) and mix well.  Add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and baking powder, sugar and salt) and mix until just combined.  BUT!  I do have discovered a trick that is a MUST…

You MUST let the batter rest for at least 10 minutes.  Get the coffee going, warm up the griddle and unload the dishwasher.  That extra time will ensure thick and light pancakes.  It gives the baking soda and baking powder a chance to activate with the liquid and offer that light texture.  Thick Buttermilk Pancakes hit the spot on any lazy weekend.

Thick Buttermilk Pancakes
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  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 c. buttermilk or soured milk
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt


  1. Whisk egg, milk and oil together. Then add remaining dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  2. Let rest for at least 10 minutes, up to an hour.
  3. Use a measuring cup to pour batter onto heated griddle. Flip the pancakes when they are puffed and full of bubbles.
  4. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.


To sour milk, add 1 t. fresh lemon juice to regular milk. This recipe easily doubles.


Any leftovers, if you have any, can be easily frozen.  Just wait until they have completely cooled, and layer between layers of parchment or wax  paper in a large plastic bag.  Just pop in the microwave or the toaster to warm.

Do you have a special breakfast/brunch item that you love?  How do you like to spend your Saturdays?  What food item feels luxurious to you?

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