Buttermilk Pancakes (and how to make your own buttermilk)

We do pancakes a lot in this house. I love making them for some reason. I think it’s because I feel like I am baking, but it’s really quick and easy. Plus, pancakes are like dessert for breakfast and how can that be wrong?

There is something satisfying about making pancakes from scratch especially if they are buttermilk. I don’t know what it is, but I love using buttermilk. I think that it channels my inner farm girl…or maybe it’s my inner southern girl.  It does make your baked goods taste extra rich and tangy, but there is something more. I just haven’t completely figured it out yet.

So you don’t have any buttermilk in your fridge? No problem! There are two ways that you can make it on your own. One is a more practical way. The second way is just kind of fun and a great exercise to do with your kiddos. I bet some of you have done this  before, but you may not have realized that you were making buttermilk.  My mom used to do this with her kids when she taught nursery school.

Here are your two options:

1. This is the practical and simple way. Get a measuring cup and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Fill the rest of the cup with milk. Let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes. Easy peasy, right? You can then use whatever amount you need for your recipe.

2. This is the fun way to make buttermilk, but it might mean a trip to the grocery store. Get some heavy whipping cream. The less pasteurized the better. Put the cream in a mason jar and screw the lid on really tight. Shake the jar vigorously for about 5-6 minutes and it will start to separate. Eventually it will completely separate and you will have a solid (butter) and some liquid (buttermilk.) It’s fun for the kids to take turns shaking the jar. They can keep peeking to see if any of the solids have formed.  After a while the kids might get bored and leave you alone to shake…so be ready to get some exercise.  Which is good if you are going to eat a bunch of pancakes:-).  The butter is wonderful and you will definitely want to save this, too. Just rinse the buttermilk off with some cold water and add a little bit of salt.

So there you go! I guess I could add a third option and that would be to go to the store and buy some already made:-)

Definitely try these pancakes. They are a great way to use up buttermilk and a great way to start your day!


Buttermilk Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour pancakes onto the griddle and when edges begin to brown flip and cook for a minutes or two more.



  1. I love pancake also. These look nice and fluffy and delicious.

  2. I always just add lemon juice to milk (the first method). I had no idea about the second method though! I remember doing that when I was a child, but it was to make butter…I never realized the other part of that was buttermilk!

  3. They look light, fluffy, and so delicious!

  4. Classic. Looks delicious!

  5. Oh I remember doing that in primary 1 when I was at school. OMG just realised that was 45 years ago. Eeeek. But I do remember it. lol.
    I’ve never made pancakes with buttermilk but I have made scones with it and they were tasty.

  6. You are amazing making your own buttermilk.

  7. I love anything buttermilk! These pancakes look scrumptious! Thanks for the tips on buttermilk – I’ve done the lemon but not the other. You can also find dry buttermilk in the baking aisle. You mix it with water as needed.

  8. I’ve never bought buttermilk. My mom always just added some lemon juice or vinegar to the milk when she was baking. Your pancakes look perfect!

  9. i’ve always made my own ‘buttermilk’ by adding lemon juice to milk–your method is much more fancy and no doubt yields much more appropriate results! terrific pancakes, becki–i’ll drown them in syrup and never look back.

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