These pancakes are so yummy you will never want to order pancakes at a restaurant again. The pancakes taste good alone, but with butter, and drizzles of homemade maple syrup, it’s even better.

My husband’s mom is a great cook, and I got the recipe from her, which she received from her mom. I love generational family recipes, they are so meaningful. My mother-in-law would always have a big pancake breakfast, with bacon, eggs and hash browns for anyone who visited on a Saturday. Big family get togethers were scheduled around these amazing pancakes.

I don’t use any store bought maple syrup. I make our syrup from Mapleine® imitation maple flavor by Crescent. This flavoring is available in many grocery stores. We make the syrup according to the instructions on the box (but I add extra of this flavoring for a deeper maple flavor). However, if you want a thicker syrup, it does have instructions on the back of the box for a thicker syrup by adding corn syrup. This "homemade" syrup is HEAVEN with this pancake recipe. You will not regret making these pancakes!

My kids love these pancakes (don't all kids love pancakes?) and Ryder requested them for breakfast on his birthday when we were camping in Nevada.

Ryder about to open his presents
Our campsite in Nevada. Ryder and Charley love to explore.


Yield: about 20 to 24 pancakes depending on size.

3 cups buttermilk

2 eggs

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 heaping tablespoon baking powder





Add the eggs and sugar to a medium sized bowl and whisk together.  Add salt, vanilla, oil and all three cups of buttermilk to the bowl and mix well with a whisk.

In a separate small bowl, add the flour, baking soda and baking powder, mix well and then sift the flour (if you don’t have a sifter, in batches pour the flour mixture through a wire mesh strainer into the buttermilk mixture).

Using a half cup or 1/4 cup depending on the size of pancakes desired, cook the pancakes on a heated flat nonstick griddle surface. I have a Cuisine Art griddle/panini grill and I put the setting to griddle and the temperature at 400. Your griddle may be different, so test the temperature with one pancake if you're unsure of what temperature to set it at. You shouldn't need to add butter to the griddle since there is oil in the batter. Flip the pancake when you see the edges pulling away slightly and a few bubbles forming on the top.

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