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A weekend staple, these buttermilk pancakes are fluffy, tasty and so simple to make that you may never go out for breakfast again!
What are weekends like in your house? Has is changed over the years?
My weekends are coming full circle as my kids get older. I am a sleeper through and through, but much to my chagrin, my husband is not. I knew this going in, but it never made it any easier. As a kid weekends were synonymous with sleep. 11 am was a perfectly acceptable time to start my day and as a teenager, noon/1ish was even better.
College, well, getting up simply depended on what time I got in that night (or morning if I’m being honest). But then I went and married a morning person. And even worse (in terms of sleep that is), we went and had children. Gone were the days of breakfast at noon, and being woken up by the sun has taken on a whole new meaning.
Babies in my life meant the Wiggles at 6 am while mixing up rice cereal in a zombie-like state. I wasn’t happy about it, but I was up. And as any parent will tell you, there is that solid chunk of time in your life when your kids are young that you fantasize about sleep (especially in those blissful early morning hours) and will gladly trade a few more minutes for just about anything. Anything.
But then one day you wake up and, what’s that? Quiet. Either they’re sleeping in or can self-entertain while we slumber (I have one of each). The first time that happened, it was nothing short of miraculous. So now I have regressed to my younger days and linger in bed on the Saturdays and Sundays when our schedules allow.
And yes, my early-rising spouse and at least one child are up long before me. And lucky me, I get to wake up to the smells of coffee and breakfast cooking. Because since I now extend my weekend slumber, breakfast prep has defaulted to Steve. He makes eggs to order for the boys, coffee for me and (fingers crossed) may have even emptied the dishwasher.
But every now and then Mom gets up too. And after being fully caffeinated, I do my part in whipping up a family breakfast. Pancakes are win/win. So easy to make and a crowd-pleaser. Max grabs the eggs, Jack measures out the dry ingredients and we’re off to the races.
These buttermilk pancakes are by far my family’s favorite. They’re classic, unfussy, fluffy and straight-up delicious. You can add blueberries to the batter or go the purist route which is what my boys prefer. They can be mixed up in minutes and on the table in no time at all. And leftovers can be frozen for quick weekday breakfast or even turned into a fun lunch (more to come on this in a later post).
I may not be a morning person, but a short stack of these and I just might be converted.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs. lightly beaten
- 4 Tbsp butter melted and slightly cooled
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
In a large bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk and the eggs and mix until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
Lightly mix in the melted butter. Batter will be lumpy.
Heat a griddle or cast iron pan over medium/high heat.
Scoop out batter using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and pour onto the hot griddle, spreading slightly.
Once the surface of the pancake begins to bubble, carefully flip each pancake and continue to cook until the underside is golden-brown, about 2 minutes.
Place the cooked pancakes on to a baking sheet and hold in the oven until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter until all pancakes are made. Enjoy!
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says
Ohhh my god that GIF! I’ve been craving pancakes since yesterday, I don’t know why… But after seeing those photos I’m craving them even more! I’m going to pin this. Is it Sunday yet?
The weekend can’t get here fast enough right Vivian? Maybe a mid-week pancake?
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
Hubby and I usually get up early on Saturday and Sunday (though, not quite as early as the weekdays). I like to try to make the most of the day when I have something on the go. But, those days that I sleep a little extra and hubby gets up and makes breakfast & unloads the dishwasher from the night before…..SO good….I hear ya, girl! And I would gladly get up early just to have these pancakes. Something about pancakes and maple syrup, isn’t it? Sometimes earlier in the week, we’ll think ‘oh, maybe go for brunch or something this weekend.’ but then, usually, we make something home ’cause it’s always better, especially when you can stay in your comfy clothes 🙂 Looking forward to trying a big stack of these! Hope you have a great week, Cathy!
Breakfast definitely tastes better with messy hair and sweatpants – I’m with you Dawn!
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says
Buttermilk pancakes are one of my favourite things and these look absolutely perfect 🙂
I always have buttermilk in the frig Jennifer…for pancakes, marinating chicken or creamy dressings. Nothing better!
Saw this on IG just as I was pouring milk into my Cheerios…. Ugh – suddenly wasn’t craving cereal anymore! I love how homey and delicious these pancakes are! And I am 100% with you on the sleep… 100%! Pinned!
Sleep and pancakes = weekend perfection Annie!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
Everyone needs basic no-fail recipes like this. My kids love pancakes on the weekends so I’ll have to give these a try!
It’s all about easy and family-pleasing on the weekends Karen!
rebecca | DisplacedHousewife says
It’s the best when you get your mornings back!!! I LOVE it. And I love making breakfast on the weekends. These pancakes look so delicious Cathy!!! xoxo
Yes! toddler schmoddler Rebecca!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Pancakes are always a hit at our house too Cathy!
I have to say I’ve never been much of a sleeper. Maybe a weekend here or there I’ll sleep in, but for the most park I’m an early riser! Can’t wait to try your recipe!
I’ll never get used to waking up early Mary Ann. Once I’m up, it’s all good. But no one wants to deal with me until I’m post-coffee.
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
Weekends are always a toss up around here – some days we sleep in (until 9am, haha) and others we are rudely awoken by the dog who has had just about enough of sleeping for the night. Getting up every weekday at 530-6am is rough sometimes, so I like a big great sleep on Friday night. Saturday morning is for pour over coffee and pancakes or waffles. This stack looks like everything I’ve ever dreamed about!
Crazy that 9 am is now considered sleeping in.
But at least we get to wake up to hot coffee and pancakes!
Alida | Simply Delicious says
Cathy, these pancakes look AWESOME! I could do with a giant stack right now!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Weekends are pretty predictable around here. While I used to be able to sleep in like a champ, now I can’t sleep past 8 or 9 at the very latest. I miss the days when my body and mind would turn off and let me sleep till noon!! And I don’t even have any kids to blame! 🙁 But I’m glad your weekend mornings have regressed to your younger days! Anyways, buttermilk pancakes are one of my brunch favorites and yours have me drooooling, Cathy! They look super fluffy and absolutely perfect! I love your syrup pouring GIF! Totally craving a BIG ole stack of these beauties right about now! Cheers, friend!
Thanks Cheyanne! I might not be able to make it til noon anymore, but 9 is bliss compared to 6!
Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon says
The only early riser in my house is the dog. And she is my husband’s so he gets up. It’s fair since I get up on weekdays with the daughter to get her moving. 🙂 As for those pancakes, they’d be great early in the morning or for brunch. There is nothing like a tasty, easy, no fail recipe you can whip up whenever.
Right?…we all need these quick and easy recipes to rely on. Especially in the morning!
Hi, I just want to let you know this recipe is FABULOUS! My four-year-old son ate three of them in a flash and that was right after his ” I don’t like pancakes!” My two-year-old boy is also a huge fan.
Thanks so much Lu. I really appreciate the great feedback. Kids are often the harshest critics so this means so much!
Simple perfection. I can’t wait for the weekend, looking at these lovely fluffy pancakes!
Thanks! Pancakes make the weekend in our house!