Itching for some fluffy and moist buttermilk pancakes but would just rather grab a box of premade pancake mix because it’s easier? I’m going to show you how to make pancake mix from scratch! Homemade pancake mix is super easy to make, and you can keep it tucked away in your fridge until you’re ready for some of the most scrumptious homemade buttermilk pancakes you’ll ever eat!
I’m bad at making breakfast–mostly because waking up is hard. Like, really hard. So, breakfasts here are usually quick and easy and require minimal clean-up. Heaven knows I’m not going to whip out four bowls (1 for the dry, 1 for the wet, 1 for the egg whites, 1 for… something else) to make a single batch of pancakes.
Nope. Nope. Nope.
Now, If we’re talking about making breakfast FOR dinner that’s a completely different story because, well, I’m awake and not grouchy and generally motivated. Making pancakes from scratch at 5:30 pm is more my speed.
But for breakfast (in the morning) I like it quick, I like it mess-free and I like mixes.
Yep, you heard me; I like mixes!
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Using a mix means I don’t have to think– or at least not very hard and most of the work is done for me! So, in an effort to help my pancake-loving-soul be happy in the mornings, I turned my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe into a mix. And, it’s ridiculously. Good.
How to make pancake mix from scratch
I love buttermilk pancakes but I rarely have buttermilk on hand, so I used dry buttermilk powder in the mix instead. In addition to the buttermilk powder, you’ll add some leaveners, salt, sugar, and all-purpose flour to make your homemade pancake mix.
How do I Make Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes from the mix?
When you’re ready for some pancakes all you need is your homemade pancake mix, a bit of milk, water, two eggs, and some melted butter. I tried to figure the recipe out without using butter to make it easier and the resulting pancakes were good but weren’t the best. The butter makes all the difference because it’s butter and butter is magic.
Can You Store Homemade Pancake Mix?
Yes! The one drawback to using powdered buttermilk is that the homemade pancake mix needs to be stored in the fridge or freezer. But, the plus side to this is that it will last a LONG time. We’re talking up to a year in the freezer and 6-8 months in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.
The finished pancakes are fluffy and light and have all sorts of that rich buttery-ness that I just love.
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So, go make some homemade pancake mix, put it in the fridge and stop thinking so hard in the morning. You can do this!
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Make Ahead Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 1.5 cups dry buttermilk powder *See Notes*
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 7 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
Whisk all ingredients together thoroughly and place in an airtight container. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
TO MAKE PANCAKES (about 20, 4" pancakes):
Measure 3 cups of dry mix into a large bowl. Add 1/2 C milk, 2 eggs, 2 C warm water, and 1/2 C melted butter (melted and cooled for a few minutes before adding). Whisk until just combined and fairly lumpy <-- lumps will disappear in the finished pancakes. Heat a non-stick griddle to medium and use a 1/4 C measuring cup to portion the batter onto the pan. Cook until the bubbles around the edges pop, flip and continue to cook an additional minute or until done to your liking.
Dry powdered buttermilk can be found in the baking aisle at most grocery stores. I like to use it in this mix because I rarely have fresh buttermilk on hand when I have a craving for pancakes. Once opened the dry buttermilk does need to be refrigerated however, causing this mix to need to be stored in the fridge until ready to use.
I understand that not everyone has enough room in their fridge to store 3 batches worth of pancake mix, so you can omit the powdered buttermilk in this mix if you'd like to store it in the pantry. When you're ready to make pancakes just omit the water called for and add 2 C of fresh buttermilk instead.