Buttermilk Pancakes – Better than IHOP

by Suzanne on May 24, 2012

in Breakfast

I love pancakes they are my favorite breakfast food hands down. Ever since I was about 9 years old pancakes were my specialty. My mom used to buy me the add water and egg mixes at the store and honestly I liked them because that’s all I knew besides McDonald’s hotcakes and International House of Pancakes aka.(IHOP). I loved going to IHOP because they had so many different kinds of syrup to choose from like blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, butter pecan and of course the tried and true maple syrup. It wasn’t until I started blogging a few years ago that I strayed from what I grew up with and branched out into finding and making my own pancakes. I have tried several recipes but I think I found my favorite recipe so far. They are fluffy, soft, sweet and turn out perfect every time. The recipe is a copy-cat recipe of IHOP buttermilk pancakes that I found from the blog Cookin’ Up North, but of course I have to add my own little changes to them as I usually do. I like to think adding flax meal to stuff makes it healthy, whatever it takes right 😉 so that is my miner change to the recipe. If you would like to check out a great tutorial about making pancakes then check out this post over at Home Ec 101. IT ‘s a great recipe that I have eaten many times but like I said earlier I prefer the recipe below. After making my own pancakes from scratch for the last few years I havent gone back to the add water and egg mixes, so give these a try if your looking for a really good homemade pancake recipe.

Buttermilk Pancakes – Better than IHOP

1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 T. of flax meal
pinch of salt
1 egg beaten
1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
2 T. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar

Step 1: In a medium large mixing bowl put the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flax meal in and whisk together.
Step 2: In a smaller mixing bowl whisk the egg and add the melted butter to the egg. Stir in the buttermilk and sugar.
Step 3: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient and whisk until most of the big lumps are out. The batter will be thick and slightly lumpy.
Step 4: Heat a large griddle pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray or melt butter on top. Pour batter onto hot skillet into the size of pancakes you prefer. Watch carefully and when the sides begin to tighten up with a large spatula check the underside by lightly lifting one side up to check for a light brown color. About 2-3 minutes then flip over carefully and cook the remainder of the pancake for another 2-3 minutes until done.
Serve: with maple syrup or whatever type of sweet thing you enjoy on a pancake, feed four people.
Hope you love these as much as my family does.

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1 Magic of Spice May 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

Gorgeous pancakes! It has been ages since I have made, or eaten them…hungry now 🙂

2 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thanks Alisha, you need to change that girl!

3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

I *love* buttermilk pancakes – these look so fluffy and delicious!

4 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thanks Laura, buttermilk pancakes are a weakness of mine for sure right up there with donuts 🙂

5 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Great timing! Just this morning my family and I were saying we want to eat pancakes this weekend (haven’t had it for a while). Sounds like I just got a perfect recipe to try it out! Blog hopping is really a nice treat when this kind of things happens! 🙂

6 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Glad to be of help Nami I just love this recipe so I hope you do too.

7 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I loooovee buttermilk pancakes!!! Yours look so light and fluffy. 🙂

8 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks Lindsey, they are really yummy, hope you give them a try.

9 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Okay, since nobody else asked…

what does the flax meal do for the pancakes? I’ve never used it before so I’m clueless. 🙂

10 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Flax meal is high in fiber and protein plus omega 3 fatty acids, I use it almost daily since it’s good for your heart health and other reasons. I think it acts a little like wheat germ in the pancakes adding to the fluffy-ness 🙂 Also flax meal can take the place of eggs in a recipe so it’s a wonderful little gem of a health food!

11 Sandra's Easy Cooking May 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Those look perfect! Love pancakes, and I have to try your recipe! My mouth is watering now, I want them for dinner:)))

12 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My son is a HUGE pancake fan. This sounds like a great recipe. I will have to try it soon!

13 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) May 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Nothing better than homemade pancakes with rich maple syrup! I think I need to make these over the long holiday weekend. Enjoy yours!!

14 Suzanne May 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

thanks Lisa I will you too.

15 Patty May 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Such a scrumptious stack of tender looking pancakes, one of my favorite breakfast treats;-)

16 Katie May 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

I must try this recipe! These pancakes look like the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten–at DuPar’s in Studio City. The last time I ate IHOP pancakes they had the texture of foam rubber.

17 Choc Chip Uru May 25, 2012 at 2:37 am

I trust you my friend, these are so thick and fluffy 😀

Choc Chip Uru

18 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

Those pancakes are calling to me right now. They look so delicious. I’m a big lover of pancakes and I’ve been wanting to make some for days.

19 Foodlvr May 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I find 1/4 cup of sugar to be too much. i normally like 2 tbsp of sugar in a pancake recipe. I also love IHOP and all the different syrups but I prefer the Grains pancakes there. I prefer to make my own pancakes so I can hae fewer. Most restaurants make their pancakes too large or give too big a portion.

20 Suzanne May 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

your right most restaurants portions are way too big, I think that is what’s wrong with most Americans. And I’m sure cutting back in the sugar in these pancakes would work perfectly well.

21 Kim - Liv Life May 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

Your pancakes look fabulous!! I could dig into a stack any morning, and it’s one of the foods that I can count on my kids eating. My daughter would eat them every day if i would make them. Like you did, I always add flax meal. I try to add anything that will pop up the nutrition and usually no one knows!!

22 CJ at Food Stories May 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

23 Suzanne May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

thank you!

24 The Café Sucré Farine May 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I’m totally with you Suzanne, I LOVE pancakes and could eat them till the cows come home, especially fabulous, fluffy looking ones like yours! I think your house might just be my new favorite breakfast spot! 🙂

25 DB-The Foodie Stuntman May 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

My wife loves pancakes. I will definitely show this to her. Homemade is better than IHOP anyway. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

26 Suzanne May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

thanks so much 🙂

27 Sammie May 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Would totally love to give this a try Suzanne! I’m on the lookout for the perfect pancake recipe! And this looks just wonderful!

28 Suzanne May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Thanks you Sam, hope you like them as much as we do.

29 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

oh yes! i like the addition of flax meal! it gives these pancakes a nutritional boost! definitely better than McD’s and IHOP!

30 Suzanne May 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm

thanks Jen, glad I’m not the only one who like to bump up the nutrition of things.

31 Amy (Savory Moments) May 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

I love buttermilk pancakes – they are such a classic. I always use Martha Stewart’s recipe, but yours has the addition of healthy flax!

32 John May 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Will have to try these out. They look delicious and it’s always amazing how filling real (i.e., non-Eggo) pancakes can be!

33 Paula (Salad in a Jar) May 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I don’t really have a favorite pancake recipe so I’m making notes. I think that picture is one of your very best!

34 Suzanne May 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Thanks Paula.

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