Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the gold standard in pancakes, but if you want to make a batch, you either have to buy a box of buttermilk pancake mix or have fresh buttermilk in the fridge, right? Nope.
There’s actually a third option: homemade buttermilk pancake mix. It has all of the convenience of a store-bought mix, and none of those mystery ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Here’s my recipe.
Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix Recipe
6 cups flour
1-1/2 cups powdered buttermilk
1/3 cups sugar + 2 tsp
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt
Before we go any further, let’s talk about powdered buttermilk for a minute because it’s probably not something that you have in your pantry just yet, and you may be wondering where the heck you buy it, and even debating whether it’s worth buying. So, here’s the scoop. Powdered buttermilk is simply real buttermilk that has been dehydrated. Think of it as a relative of the powdered milk that you probably already keep in your pantry.
I started using it five or six years ago because I got tired of needing buttermilk for a recipe and not having it, or buying buttermilk for a recipe and then later throwing away a partial container because it got shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten. Powdered buttermilk solves both of those problems. When I need buttermilk for a recipe, I mix up just what I need. Easy.
More recently, I’ve started using it to make my own mix recipes. It’s a key ingredient in my ranching dressing mix, and now it’s the star of this buttermilk pancake mix.
And powdered buttermilk also happens to be cheaper than regular buttermilk, so it wins there, too. Yep, it’s definitely earned a permanent spot in my pantry.
When I first started buying powdered buttermilk, it was kind of hard to find. I ordered it off Amazon back then. Now, it’s something most grocery stores carry. Look for it near the powdered milk. Saco is the most common brand, and the one you’ll probably find at your grocery store. It currently sells for $4.39 at my local Kroger (that’s cheaper than I can buy it online). If you have access to an Amish dry goods store, or purchase baking supplies through a co-op, you may be able to find it cheaper still.
Alright, so now that you’re up to speed on the wonder that is powdered buttermilk, let’s get on with the recipe, shall we?
What You Do:
Mix all the ingredients together, and store in an air-tight container in your pantry. This recipe makes enough mix for three batches of pancakes. Each batch will give you 12-14 large (5-6 inch) pancakes.
Here are some printable labels that you can use to label your pancake mix. They’re sized so that they’ll work on gallon jars, or quart jars. I keep a gallon jar of pancake mix in my pantry, but if I was giving pancake mix as a gift, I would probably put it in quart jars.
To Use: Combine 2-2/3 cup mix with 2 eggs, 2 cups of water, 4 tbsp oil and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well. Let your pancake batter rest for a few minutes to give the baking powder time to activate. Then, heat up an oiled pan, and get busy flipping pancakes.