Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes


This is my mother's and grandmother's recipe from Western Tennessee. I have never found anything that comes close to the flavor of these pancakes. Add small berries for a different flavor boost. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
16 pancakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed


  1. Preheat a griddle to medium heat, according to manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter; stir together until well blended but do not stir out all of the small lumps. Overmixing the batter will make the pancakes tough and rubbery.

  3. Pour oil on a paper towel and spread over the griddle to grease lightly. Test the griddle with a few drops of water; water should dance across the surface and not instantly steam and evaporate.

  4. Working in batches, drop 1/4 to 1/3 cupfuls batter for each pancake onto the hot griddle. Cook until the sides start to shine and look stiff, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the other side, about 2 more minutes. Repeat to make remaining pancakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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