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05 January 2013 @ 01:00 am
Buttermilk Pancakes without a Box  

I like pancakes. I like them a lot. The problem? Since I went off white sugar in 2006 I can not eat pancakes out anymore. They are simply too sweet for me. The smell can even be nauseating. No fun.

But every once in while I want pancakes. This is our house recipe. It is not too sweet at all and pretty darn flexible. Incidentally I use an electric griddle for my pancakes but a large skillet will work just as well.

Buttermilk Pancakes without a Box

Makes: about a dozen 3” cakes

1 ½ c AP Flour
1t Salt
2t Baking powder
1t Cinnamon powder
1t Brown sugar
1/4c Black raisins (optional)
2 Eggs
1c Butter milk 
Softened butter

Large Bowl
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Electric Griddle
Large Plate


  • Set up your electric griddle on a counter with plenty of space for easy access while cooking.
  • In a large bowl assemble and combine the dry goods.
  • Add eggs and milk and mix until the batter just comes together. The batter should be thin enough to spread out on the griddle but not watery. You can add more liquid if needed.
  • Set the bowl aside and turn griddle to medium high heat.
  • Add raisins to batter and then test your griddle.
  • When a drop of water dances or bounces vigorously on the griddle, grease it liberally with butter and ladle on about a ½ cup of batter at a time to cook into cakes.
  • Be careful not to over crowd your griddle. Leave at least an inch between cakes.
  • Regrease griddle between each batch.
  • When bubbles start to form and then set into the cake it’s time to flip it using a large spatula.
  • Brown both sides. It should take maybe five minutes. Continue makking cakes until all the batter is used.
  • As the cakes cook stack on a large oven safe plate.
  • Serve with butter and toppings of your choice.
  • Extra cakes can be frozen and toast beautifully for later eating.
  • Enjoy


  • If you are planning on making sausage or other breakfast meats to go with your pancakes, it is highly recommend you griddle them first and stash in a warm oven.
  • Then cook the pancakes on the sausage flavored surface and stash in the oven if needed.
  • Finally cook any eggs you desire on the griddle as they will not hold well in the oven.
  • By cooking in this way only you use one pan (the electric griddle) and everything gets served hot at once.


  • Flour. Up to a third of the flour can be replaced by whole wheat flour, corn meal or even oatmeal. Be sure to up your liquid as needed.
  • Milk. Regular milk, half n half or even water thinned yogurt can be used.
  • Mixings. Aside from raisins: consider applesauce or mashed bananas. Yum!

Frugally yours-