My Great Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancakes {recipes}

I shared the following story on Instagram this weekend and was asked about the recipe…below is both.

Last week my 8 yr old challenged me to a pancake eating contest. There was a bit of smack talking all week between the two of us. I’ve spent my life downing pancakes (my Great Grandma’s buttermilk pancake recipe). I didn’t train this week. Didn’t prepare. I was a shoe in for the victory. 

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPride comes before the fall my friends. HE WON by 3 pancakes. The contest was just for quantity, but he was going for speed and quantity. He would take 2 pancakes, put a slice of butter in the middle, fold them together and stuff them in. Moms – let my defeat serve as a warning. If you continue flipping those pancakes and letting your kids eat them first, only leaving you a couple – you will one day know the bitter taste of defeat too. Save some batter for yourselves, keep those eating competition muscles strong.

If you need a delicious pancake recipe – I highly recommend my Great Grandma’s. It is a simple traditional buttermilk recipe and is my very favorite. I like my pancakes thin but you can easily make these thicker if you like them that way. We pour the batter into a Wilton cake decorating bottle and create various designs on the griddle.
buttermilkpancakes-03As a little girl my dad taught me the value of stacking round pancakes and cutting out the center to fill with syrup. It is still my favorite way to eat them.


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  • Steffany - Question. Do you like your griddle? When my husband and I got married we received an amazing griddle as a gift. When it wore out, we bought a new one, thinking they were all equally as good. So. Not. True. Ours burns the 1st batch of pancakes and then takes forever after that. It doesn’t heat evenly. Just isn’t a good griddle. Do you love this one? It’s a good price…seems easy to clean…so I’m curious. And we cannot wait to try your recipe. We are a chocolate chip pancake family, usually Saturday mornings 🙂 And yes, mom is always left to eat the burnt, odd-shaped, too weird pancakes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • AshleyAnn - Steffany – I’ll be honest, I didn’t have super high expectations for this one because it was so cheap. So far, I’ve been really pleased. I had to learn what temperature to use so things didn’t overcook or undercook. I don’t have to use any oil on it…nothing I have cooked so far sticks and it is really easy to clean. We’ve only had it a month. I feel like we break griddles all the time, so I went cheap and this has been my favorite one so far.

  • AshleyAnn - I should also say I’ve never had a super nice griddle, so I don’t have that to compare to. BUT the ones I’ve had (more expensive than this one) I didn’t like as much.

  • Debbie C - Cut out a hole for the syrup! Your dad is brilliant!

  • Byron - So why not just make your pancakes with a hole in the middle on the griddle? The joy of food surgery, perhaps? 🙂

    I would definitely try this if I had a griddle. And ANY of the ingredients you listed in my kitchen (I may have milk…)! I may have to try them anyway!

  • Stephanie - My kids requested pancakes today so we are going to give these a try!! My mom’s pancake recipe is similar and it’s what she has made for 35 years:

    1 cup self rising flour
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 egg
    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    give it a try and let me know what you think! I have a feeling after we try the “hole for the syrup” my kids will never have them any other way. Brilliant.

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