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Pancakes in a Jar

On the question of cooking breakfast, I stand firmly in the camp of those who aren't crazy about it.  I don't know many people who love to cook as much as I do, but when it comes to breakfast, there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee to possibly get my brain excited about measuring, stirring and baking in the morning.  Breakfast must be easy.  Oh, and I love pancakes.

More specifically, I love my buttermilk pancakes, but I don't make them very often because, well, it requires movement in the morning.  And measuring and thinking and stirring and stuff like that.  I'm much more likely to dump some of this scrumptious granola on some yogurt than I am to cook up a big ol' pancake, egg, bacon-y kind of meal at 7 a.m. 

But, a couple of weeks ago, in a moment of coffee-induced lucidity, I decided I wanted some pancakes, but wouldn't it be ever so nice if I could make them from a mix?  What a brilliant idea... all I have to do is convert my recipe into a mix that I could pull out of the fridge on any given morning, mix in an egg, a little butter and some water, and serve em up whenever a pancake whim might strike.  That still might require a little stirring, but somehow it feels do-able.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that optimistic about this idea.  I am, I’m afraid, a bit of a snob when it comes to pancake mixes.  Not only am I not all that fond of the ingredient lists on most mixes, but they just haven’t ever tasted as fresh and buttermilk-y (sorry) as homemade.

Nevertheless, I forged ahead, and with the help of this buttermilk powder, I think I’ve come up with a mix that has exceeded my (albeit low) expectations.  It pains me to say this, but the pancakes I’ve made from this mix taste every bit as good, and yes, maybe even a bit better than my buttermilk pancakes from scratch.  I’m not exactly sure how to explain this, but there you have it.  Incredibly delicious buttermilk pancakes.  From a mix.  

We’re pretty happy about the outcome of my little experiment.  If it means more pancakes in his life, the Husband is down with it.  If it means less time cooking in the morning, I’m all in.  The best part is that it also means some incredibly scrumptious buttermilk pancakes and more time for coffee in the morning.  Here’s the recipe…


Click here for a printable recipe

You shouldn't have any trouble finding the buttermilk powder; I found it on the baking aisle at Target.  I like to add a little whole wheat pastry flour to my pancakes, but if you prefer not to, just use all white flour.  In addition to the mix recipe to keep on hand in your fridge, I have also given you the recipe for a single batch if you would like to try it out before committing to the larger amount.  But I think you'll be convinced... these are some pretty awesome pancakes.  This mix will keep several weeks in the refrigerator.

I think that 1 cup of water minus a tablespoon or two makes the perfect pancake.  If you like your pancakes thick, only add 3/4 cup of water.  You can add more water if you want to thin them down.  As always, in order to make the perfect pancake, make sure your baking powder is fresh.  Feel free to eliminate the pastry flour and just use all purpose flour.

Pancake Mix: (makes 3 batches of pancakes)

3  ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
3 tsp salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ cups buttermilk powder

Pancake Mix for one batch:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoons of buttermilk powder 

To make pancakes: (makes about 9-10 pancakes)

1 ½ cups mix (or the single-batch mix above)
1 to 1 1/4 cups water 
1 egg
3 tablespoons melted butter

Whisk together all of the pancake mix ingredients, being sure to combine the ingredients thoroughly.  Store in a covered jar or tupperware in the refrigerator.

To make the pancakes...

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium high heat until a drop of water skids along the surface.

While your pan is heating, place the butter in a medium bowl and microwave for a few seconds until melted.  Whisk in the water and the egg.  Whisk in the pancake mix until just combined.  Add more water (a couple tablespoons at a time)  if the batter is too thick.  It should be more spoon-able than pour-able.  

Either melt a little butter or lightly coat the griddle with cooking spray.  Ladle the mix onto the hot griddle (about 1/4 cup for each pancake).  When little bubbles form on the top of the pancake, flip and cook for about 2 more minutes, depending on the heat of your pan. 

Remove to a serving plate and keep warm.  Repeat with the rest of the batter, being sure to grease the pan before each batch.

Serve with butter, syrup or your favorite jam (I also like to top mine with chunky applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon sugar).

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Reader Comments (36)

Oh, thank you for this! I've been thinking about ditching my Bisquick box for awhile and now I have a good reason to do it! These pancakes look amazing.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly P.

Lol! I'm exactly the same way in the morning. But I might just have to try these. Great idea!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreta

I've been meaning to try your buttermilk pancakes, but now maybe I'll just do this mix instead. Is this really better than homemade?

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Well, Hannah, first of all, these are homemade! :) And second, I might suggest you try the original buttermilk pancake recipe before you try this one. That way you can compare them. But if you're looking for a shortcut in the morning, I would say this is the way to go. Nice to hear from you!

October 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I always keep some buttermilk blend in my fridge for when I need buttermilk. It works really great and I can't wait to try this pancake mix. Great post!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina Meyer

Love this! My husband loves pancakes - I can't wait to try this!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Yum! Going to try this. My kids would love it if I made pancakes more often. Love your photos!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather W.

Thanks, Heather! Hope you like the pancakes!

October 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow! That pancake photo has my mouth watering for pancakes! Must try this.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I've never been all that crazy about pancakes, but maybe that's because I've always used a box mix. You've got me excited to try this now. I know my boyfriend will be glad!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Found this on Pinterest and just have to make it. Thanks for the great idea!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Franco

You're welcome, Natalie! Hope you enjoy them!

October 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

This looks yummy must say. I generally prefer them with chocolate sauce with added cream with strawberry pieces on the top.

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia@Glass Bottles Online

Well, Julia, that sounds amazingly scrumptious. And why not? Must try your version sometime!

October 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I love breakfast!! You're right, though...sometimes getting the motivation to make it is tough. That's why I opt for breakfast for dinner ;-) Your pancakes look amazing!

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

You're on to something there. Liz... breakfast for dinner. I have to get on that train!

October 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

You say to add one and 1/4 cups of buttermilk powder. I use this powder and 4 tbsp dry along with one cup of water is the equivalent of one cup of buttermilk. Do you mean to use 5 tbsps of the dry powder or one and 1/4 cups of the dry powder?

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Williams

If I understand your question correctly, Ellen, the mix makes 3 batches of pancakes, so if you want to make 1 batch, you use 1 1/2 cups of the mix and add 1 or 1 1/4 cups of water (along with the egg and butter). I'm so glad you asked because I noticed that I had inadvertently left off the amount of buttermilk powder in the single batch recipe. Yikes! I'm so sorry if that is what led to your confusion.

October 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow. These are such good pancakes! I made the mix a few days ago and then made up a batch for the family yesterday morning. Everyone loved them and they were so easy. Thank you so much for this great recipe! It's a keeper!

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

You're welcome, Theresa. So glad you liked them! Thanks so much for letting us know!

October 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Please move the open jar away from the edge of the table... yer freakin' me out! :D lol

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

LOL!! Sorry!

October 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

These are such good pancakes! I made up the mix a couple of weeks ago and have made several batches since then. So easy! Best part? The family LOVES them. Thank you!

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura H.

You're welcome, Laura. So glad you're enjoying the mix (and the pancakes!). Thanks for letting us know!

November 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Hi Patrice

Is the water, cold, hot, warm or at room tempurture.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Just cool or room temp is fine, Jackie.

February 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I'm making these since our grand kids are coming this weekend & they love pancakes. Just wondering why you need to refrigerate the mix since its all dry ingredients.

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

The only reason I refrigerate it, Pam, is that the buttermilk powder requires refrigeration after opening. And it just seems to keep the mix fresher too.

June 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I have the 3 batch recipe in my frig right now. My kids & grand kids from NC & Detroit are coming in for the holiday weekend & are big pancake lovers (especially my 19 month old granddaughter, Brooklyn. Can't wait to make them. Love your recipes, Patrice!

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

So great to hear from you, Pam! Hope you have a great weekend with your family and that you all enjoy the pancakes!

July 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Patrice, the pancakes were a huge hit this past weekend with our grandkids (& the big kids). My husband said they were the best he's ever had. We went through a double batch on Saturday & ate them all. Thanks for the great recipe!

July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

So glad you liked the pancakes, Pam! Thanks so much for letting us know!

July 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Patrice, I'm not a big fan of pancakes and even less a fan of cooking breakfast; however, hubby loves pancakes, we were out of pancake mix, he suggested pancakes for supper last evening so ... I mixed up a batch of these for supper and they are awesome! We liked them so much I made more for breakfast this morning. I didn't have any whole wheat pastry flour so I substituted cake flour. I'm never going back to a boxed mix, that's for sure. Thanks so much!

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

You're so welcome, Terrie! I'm really glad you liked them. I don't know how I managed before I figured out that mix!! Thanks so much for letting us know!

May 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I'm in Sicily and can't find the powdered buttermilk, will have to go with the old milk and vinegar substitute, would the measurements ( for a single batch) be the same for liquid buttermilk rather than powdered?

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I think you have a couple of options, Andrea. If you would like to make the pancake mix to keep on hand, you could order the buttermilk powder from Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Saco-Powdered-Buttermilk-12-ounce-Can/dp/B004AXZEW2/ref=sr_1_4?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1400543342&sr=1-4&keywords=buttermilk+powder+for+baking ), or you could make the buttermilk pancakes using fresh buttermilk ( http://circle-b-kitchen.squarespace.com/food-and-recipes/2010/4/24/buttermilk-pancake-bliss.html ). I hope you can use the links I've inserted there. If not, you can search Amazon for buttermilk powder and buy it from them, or you can look up buttermilk pancakes on my blog and just use the recipe for buttermilk pancake bliss, which uses fresh buttermilk. They're amazingly good. I hope this helps.

May 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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