The best soft and fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes recipe that I finally nailed after so many trials! This will be your new favourite – promise! This recipe makes super delicious and tummy-filling buttermilk breakfast pancakes every single time!
Are your pancakes flat, rubbery and heavy? Did you also believe that only box-mix can give you fluffy pancakes? I have been there until I took up the challenge to get it right. Follow my instructions to get the best fluffy pancakes.
Buttermilk (laban) pancakes
Full-fat Laban (buttermilk) and almond flour makes these pancakes rich while the eggs and leavening agents make them light and fluffy. A fluffy stack of pancakes with golden crisp edges dripping with maple syrup is a guilty experience that is worth every calorie. Pancakes and breakfast are synonyms, don't you agree?
My buttermilk pancakes are a little indulgent in a good way and so makes the best weekend brunch. Top the pancakes with some maple syrup or honey and some chopped seasonal fruits! Yum!
My quest for a perfect pancake batter started during the pandemic lockdown. You don't easily get box-mix, so tried making the batter from scratch. And I always knew it has to be buttermilk pancakes for my love for laban.
- Flour: I have used both all-purpose flour and almond flour. You may replace the almond flour with the same quantity of wheat flour or use the same all-purpose flour again.
- baking powder: there for a reason - do not get tempted to reduce the quantity.
- baking soda: do not reduce the quantity.
- sugar: you may increase but don't reduce.
- salt: always
- eggs: again, do not cut down. use large eggs.
- buttermilk: Full-fat laban or buttermilk is what is recommended here. I have used a mixture of Labneh (hung curd) and milk and that works great too. Details are in the recipe section.
- melted butter
At first, I made comparative notes of my favourite chefs' pancake recipes (Joy of Baking, Ina Garten, Laura Vitale, and Martha Stewart) then, I made notes to scale down the recipe a bit. Then I replaced some of the plain flour with some homemade almond flour because flavour! My dry mix was ready but it took me a few attempts to find the liquid proportion that gave me perfectly fluffy pancakes.
I tried several recipe proportions and yet my pancakes all turned out flat, rubbery, and heavy. I gave up. 😒How can such a simple recipe be challenging?
What not to do
But what dawned on me was that the batter alone does not give fluffy pancakes, you need to have the right technique for cooking them too. I had to unlearn before I could adopt the right method. I used to cover and cook pancakes until the topside is dry before I turned them so that I am sure it is cooked through. Both steps were preventing me from achieving the trademark fluffy and light pancakes.
Secret to fluffy pancakes
So, the secret is - a) Do not cover the pan and b) do not wait for the top to go dry. In other words, cook the pancakes open and flip them before the top sets.
How to make buttermilk pancakes?
Prepare the pancake batter:
The first step should be to melt the butter so that it can cool before we use it in the batter. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the buttermilk (laban), eggs, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients then fold until just combined. Now, make sure the melted butter is not too hot. Stir in the melted butter and take care not to overmix the batter.
Let the batter rest for 10 minutes before you start making the pancake. You can take this time to prep the pan, fruits, syrup, plates etc.
Make the pancakes:
Heat a large non-stick or cast iron pan over low to medium heat. Stir the batter every time before you scoop. Scoop approx ¼ cup of batter for each pancake.
Pour as many pancakes as your pan can hold. Flip the pancakes as soon the bubbles appear which may take less than 2 minutes. Cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and stack the pancakes. Repeat until all batter is used. Grease the pan and stir the batter bowl between each batch of pancakes.
Serve warm with maple syrup or honey and seasonal fruits.
This recipe makes enough pancakes for 3 humans but if one of you is very hungry then only 2! I refrigerate the remaining for the weekday snack! You just have to microwave for 30 seconds or cover and warm up on the stove.
Avoid making the batter the previous night or storing the excess batter as is. It is better to use up the batter and store any leftover cooked pancakes in the fridge or freezer. You can reheat it in a microwave or oven or stovetop.
For a tad healthier pancake, check out my Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes recipe!
My Best Buttermilk Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
- ½ cup almond flour see notes
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- salt to taste
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ cup laban (buttermilk) see notes
- ¼ cup melted butter add in the end
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
- butter to grease the pan while making pancakes
Prepare the batter
- Take a large bowl and whisk together both the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
- Take another smaller bowl and whisk together eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and use a rubber spatula to gently fold and stir until just combined.
- Stir in the melted butter and take care not to overmix the batter.
- Rest the batter for 8 to 10 minutes.
Prepare buttermilk pancakes
- Heat a flat non-stick pan or cast-iron pan on low to medium flame and grease with butter.
- Stir the batter every time before you scoop. Scoop approx ¼ cup of batter for each pancake.
- Pour as many pancakes as your pan can hold.
- Flip the pancakes as soon the bubbles appear which may take less than 2 minutes.
- Cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove and stack the pancakes.
- Repeat until all batter is used. Grease the pan between each batch of pancakes.
- Serve warm with maple syrup or honey or butter and seasonal fruits.