Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You never realize how different the US and the UK are until you live for a while in the one you didn’t grow up in. You think to yourself, “We speak the same language. We share a lot of common history. How hard could it be?” It’s definitely easier than moving to a country where they speak Chinese, but there’s still plenty of culture shock to go around.

Of course, more of my cultural meltdowns revolve around food. I’m embarrassed to say that I really miss Sonic and Taco Bell. They have McDonald’s here, of course, but the recipe for the sausage is different, so a Sausage McMuffin is downright disappointing. And if you want to go out for a pancake breakfast, you’re screwed. Pancakes are either usually tiny and always tough. And for some reason they insist on covering them with ice cream and candy. That’s fun, but it’s not what I want for breakfast. Whipped butter and enough syrup to drown a horse, please. 

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let me tell you how American pancakes are supposed to work. Buttermilk is required. If you’re shopping for this recipe in the UK, I suggest you check the Polish section. They should be at least six inches in diameter. They can be dinner plate size, but only if they hold onto their most important quality. Tenderness. 

Tenderness is, in my opinion, what makes pancakes fabulous. If you serve me tough pancakes with huge bubbles, I’ll be crying on the inside. It’s easy to accomplish perfect tenderness. You have to do less. When you’re mixing your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, absolutely do not overmix. You might be tempted to keep stirring until all the lumps are gone. Resist the temptation. Fold it together gently, and try to get everything mixed in 10 seconds. Lumps are fine. Walk away and let your batter rest for five or ten minutes. Finally, make sure your pan is at the right temperature before you begin cooking your pancakes.

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Do these simple things, and you’ll be transported to your favorite American diner. Buttermilk Pancakes will cure your culture shock in no time.

Buttermilk Panckaes
Serves 4
Buttermilk Pancakes are an all-American joy.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 42 grams (3 tablespoons) sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 cups buttermilk
  8. 4 tablespoons (half a stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Mix the dry ingredients well with a whisk.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Whisk to combine. Now step away from the whisk.
  3. Pour your wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and quickly and gently mix them together with a rubber spatula. You should use a fold/stir hybrid method. Don't worry about getting out every little lump. Try not to stir for more than 10 seconds. This is the key to tender pancakes.
  4. Now walk away for five minutes to let the batter rest.
  5. Preheat your griddle to 350 (if you're lucky enough to have one, I don't.) or place of a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. You definitely want to have your pan preheated before you pour out that first notorious pancake.
  6. Add a small pat of butter to your pan or griddle. Use a paper towel to spread it evenly across your cooking surface. I use a third cup measure to drop my pancake batter into the pan, creating a medium-sized pancake.
  7. Cook about two minutes a side, turning when you see the bubbles start to subside and the edges start to change color.
  8. Keep pancakes warm by covering your stack with a clean dish towel.
  9. Serve yourself a big fat stack, three is about perfect, with plenty of butter and more syrup than is probably reasonable.
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40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

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Blender Pancakes

Blender Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Contemplating the realm of things you can never have too much of. Books. Pillows. Books. Funny cat videos. Chocolate. Books. Notebooks. Tea towels. Books. Movies. Time to relax. Carbs.

Subcategory of never having enough carbs: pancake recipes

I’ve written already about my dad’s obsession with achieving the perfect pancakes, and while I’m not as inventive as he is, I have inherited the urge to keep searching for perfection. I might be open to the possibility of eating pancakes every day of my life. I just can’t see that getting boring.

Blender Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sharing this recipe because it’s unbelievably easy. Chuck all the ingredients in the blender and blitz. Pour the batter straight from your blender’s pitcher into your hot pan to keep things nice and tidy. You could practically make these in your sleep.

These pancakes are also different from other pancake recipes I’ve posted here before. They’re much thinner, so you can eat a decent stack of them. Four at a time would not go amiss, provided you have ample butter and syrup. It’s pure heaven.

Blender Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, pancakes are where it’s at. Blender Pancakes are so easy, it’s impossible to say no. Get into it.

Blender Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 16 pancakes

Blender Pancakes are the easiest way to get amazing, syrup drenched pancakes in your mouth.


  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Butter for frying


  1. Add all your ingredients, except for the butter for frying, into a blender. Use long pulses to combine all the ingredients until smooth. Check to see if you need to scrape the pitcher with a rubber spatula if any flour has stuck to it, and give it another blitz after that.
  2. Allow your batter to rest while you heat up a griddle or a large skillet lightly greased with butter. Once it's hot, detach your blender's pitcher from the motor, and pour your batter into the hot pan to make small circles. Make sure you leave yourself space to flip. I can make two pancakes at a time in my large skillet.
  3. Cook the pancakes for two to three minutes on the first side. Once bubbles start to form and you see a change in color around the edges, they're ready to flip. Because they're quite thin, they'll only need about a minute on the second side.
  4. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
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