Alton Brown Buttermilk Pancakes

I added a little extra vanilla to these Pancakes from Alton Brown and they truly are the Best Pancakes ever.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 12
Author Julie Menghini


Pancake Mix

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt 
  • 2 tbsp sugar

"Instant Pancakes"

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Pancake Mix
  • Butter, for greasing the griddle/pan
  • 2 cups fresh fruit such as blueberries, if desired


Pancake Mix

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container or zip lock bag. Shake to mix. Use the mix within 3 months.

"Instant Pancakes"

  • Heat a griddle or frying pan to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the egg whites and the buttermilk in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 1 tablespoon vanilla and melted butter.
  • Combine the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Pour the liquid ingredients on top of the pancake mix. Using a whisk, mix the batter just enough to bring it together. Don't try to work all the lumps out.
  • Check to see that the griddle is hot by placing a few drops of water onto to the griddle. The griddle is ready if the water dances across the surface.
  • Lightly butter the griddle. Wipe off thoroughly with a paper towel. (No butter should be visible.)
  • Gently ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle and sprinkle on fruit if desired. When bubbles begin to set around the edges of the pancake and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. Continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the pancake is set.
  • Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet and cover with a towel. Hold in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 4mg
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