For some reason, I get such satisfaction out of eating a pancake breakfast for dinner. My husband and I always joke that we are “beating the system” when we sneak into a diner for dinner and order up a full pancake, egg and bacon meal. What system are we beating? Well I suppose we are thumbing our noses at whoever or whatever it is that determines what time of the day you are supposed to eat certain foods.

Often we follow a bad or exhausting day with breakfast. Who knows if it is the comforting food that helps or if we associate bright, sunny eggs and sweet maple syrup with a fresh start. At any rate, it makes us feel better.

A week or so ago, I found some additional buttermilk in my refrigerator, leftover from the Red Velvet Cake I baked the week before. In the same way that I will see any movie starring Bill Murray because I am pretty sure I will love it, I will try any new recipe that includes buttermilk. My Dutch mother-in-law drinks it straight and I admit that my love affair has not gone that far. But, I have yet to find a recipe with buttermilk that I do not like. One of my favorites is the buttermilk pancake recipe that a friend gave me a couple of years ago. It is so easy and so delicious, I have not used a pancake mix since then.

Give these a try some night and experience the childlike glee of eating breakfast for dinner.

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 Tablespoons melted, unsalted butter

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and powder and salt together. Stir in buttermilk and eggs then melted butter. Whisk together until combined. Cook pancakes in a hot pan with a little oil or butter to make the edges crispy.

These pancakes can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days and reheated. I usually toast them in a toaster oven the next morning and smear them with my favorite jam.

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22 Responses to “Breakfast for Dinner – Buttermilk Pancakes”

  1. mav Says:

    this looks fantastic!
    i heart breakfast for dinner. can i come??? XO

  2. Melanie Says:

    Breakfast for dinner is one of my eternal favourites!!! Pancakes freeze well too and you can pop them in the toaster or toaster oven just the same. Try a few blueberries sprinkled on the pancake batter after you have spooned it into the pan sometime (that way the entire batch doesn’t turn colour), delicious! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all things food related, your blog is an enjoyable read.

  3. Casey Says:

    You always have such amazing pictures! :) My father is Dutch as well…and I used to be horrified as he poured buttermilk over his cereal. He can’t have it any other way.

  4. dave Says:

    Looks delicious – i think i’ll have breakfast for dinner!

    You should give powered buttermilk a try. Better than milk+lemon, keeps forever in the fridge, and way cheaper that “real” buttermilk, even before you you consider all those half-used quarts. Located in the baking aisle.

    When using buttermilk or other acidic ingredients (yoghurt, lemon juice), you really only have to use baking soda. Baking powder is just baking soda + a small amount of acidic stuff, generally cream of tartar or calcium phopsphate. “Double acting” baking powder add aluminium salts, a quesionable foodstuff at best.

    Here’s a link to my recipe – – almost the same as yours!

  5. andrea Says:

    I really love your photos and the content on your site. thanks for sharing.


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  7. Rachel Says:

    This is a great recipe! The first time I made them I halved the recipe, but then they were soooo good we ate all of them and had no leftovers. So today I made them all. I also added some whole wheat flour and they were wonderful. Thanks for posting.

    I also love the photo for this entry! Everything looks so retro. I love it. Great blog!

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    I made these for breakfast this morning with whole wheat pastry flour. Delicious! I added just a little additional buttermilk because the batter was too thick, but otherwise, this recipe was perfect!

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