Buttermilk Pancakes


Contributed by LE

A favourite recipe. In Alberta, pancakes are for every day, not just Shrove Tuesday. I think they were the first thing my mom taught me to make. They are basic breakfast food for cowboys (including kids like me who joined the cattle drives). And free pancake breakfasts at festivals, games and events are HUGE there.

Look for light-coloured maple syrup

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (280 g)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar substitute
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups milk (450 mL) + 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • Butter and lashings of 100% No.1 maple syrup, to serve (not a cheap blend)
  • Serving suggestion: Add crispy bacon and/or fresh fruit on the side


  1. In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine the vinegar and milk and let sit for a few minutes. This will become your buttermilk
  2. In a second bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda
  3. Add the remaining wet ingredients to the buttermilk: eggs and melted butter, and stir
  4. Add the wet to the dry ingredients, gently incorporating with a spatula. Optional: Add 100ml blueberries, apples or peaches (frozen, tinned or fresh) to the batter
  5. Make sure not to overmix, as that will result in dense pancakes. Lumps are okay
  6. Add a little butter or oil to a frying pan over medium low heat. Once the butter begins to bubble, pour ⅓ cup (80 ml) of batter into the pan. Let sit in the pan
  7. Cook until the top side begins to bubble. You can also carefully peek to see that the bottom is golden brown. Flip the pancake and cook until the other side is golden brown, also
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter and serve the pancakes hot as each one comes off the pan or keep in a warmed 150C oven until all are done
  9. Slather butter on top followed by generous lashings of real maple syrup. (Read the ingredients–should be 100% maple syrup, not a blend.) Enjoy with rashers of crisp streaky bacon on the side
  10. Serve fresh fruit on the side if you haven’t already blended fruit into the batter.

Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

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