Buttermilk Pancakes

These buttermilk pancakes are so light and fluffy and perfect topped with maple syrup and butter for the ultimate indulgent breakfast or brunch.

Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and butter

These buttermilk pancakes are absolutely delicious and our ultimate weekend brunch recipe. Topped with fresh fruit like blueberries, bananas and strawberries, maple syrup and butter they are an absolute treat. I love how fluffy the buttermilk makes them. That’s due to the chemical reaction between the buttermilk and the baking soda or baking powder used. I prefer using baking powder because I am not a huge fan of the flavor of baking soda but if that’s all you have, feel free to use it.

Ingredients needed

Full recipe + amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Flour. I used cake flour but all purpose will also work.
  • Baking powder or Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda).
  • Caster sugar. 
  • Salt. 
  • Buttermilk. 
  • Eggs.
  • Oil. You can use melted butter too.
  • Vanilla. 

Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and butter

How to make buttermilk pancakes

  1. Make the pancake batter: Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients then mixed until just combined. Take care not to overmix the batter. It’s fine if there are small lumps here and there. At this stage you can cover the batter and place in the fridge overnight (you might need to whisk in a little extra milk to loosen the batter before cooking).
  2. Cook the pancakes: Heat a large, non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook spoonfuls of the batter until bubbles start forming on the surface. Gently flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.
  3. Serve:  Serve the pancakes with maple syrup, fresh fruit and bacon.

Can you freeze buttermilk pancakes?

Yes, you can freeze cooked buttermilk pancakes. Allow the pancakes to cool completely then layer with parchment or wax paper in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months and allow to thaw completely before serving. To reheat frozen pancakes, place them on a baking sheet and cover with foil then bake for 10 minutes. Alternatively, gently heat them in a non-stick pan until warmed through.

Maple syrup is the perfect topping for buttermilk pancakes

What to serve with pancakes

  1. Fresh fruit – Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas
  2. Crispy bacon
  3. Maple syrup
  4. Chocolate sauce/syrup
  5. Whipped cream

Buttermilk pancakes is the ultimate brunch recipe.

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Buttermilk pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

These buttermilk pancakes are so light and fluffy and perfect topped with maple syrup and blueberries for the ultimate indulgent breakfast or brunch.
4.85 from 19 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brunch recipe, Buttermilk pancakes, Pancake recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6 (Makes 12-18 pancakes, depending on size)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder or baking soda
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

to serve

  • butter
  • maple/golden syrup


  • To make the batter, combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  • In a measuring jug, mix the wet ingredients well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and with a whisk, mix until you have a smooth batter.
  • Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add a drop of oil to the pan and coat the pan lightly (I use paper towel to smear it around a little).
  • Add spoonfuls of the batter to the pan and allow the pancakes to cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side. Remove from the pan and keep on a warmed plate until all the pancakes are cooked.
  • Serve the pancakes with butter, syrup and fruit of your choice.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg


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  1. I was so to disappointed, a waste of ingredients. I followed the recipe but it turned out like rubber.

    1. It could be that you over-mixed the batter or that your batter was too thick? This recipe usually results in very light pancakes, they definitely shouldn’t be rubbery.

  2. I would prefer a little more sugar as like just butter on my pancakes but definitely will be making them again (with an extra bit of sugar) they are delicious.

  3. Really impressed with these pancakes, very fluffy and just the right amout of sweetness. Batch didn’t last long served with fruit bacon & maple syrup definitely a keeper.

  4. I am a lover of pancakes and have many dozens over the years, however this recipe is the real thing ! I have never had such fluffy, rich and tasty pancakes before. The buttermilk makes all the difference. Love this recipe. 🙂

  5. Most delicious buttermilk pancake recipe. They were very fluffy. I made a double batch and they didn’t last very long. Instant hit with my family.