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Hi Bold Bakers!
Fluffy pancakes are the ultimate weekend treat! But I don’t get to make them often because many recipes are made for a huge batch of pancakes to feed a crowd when sometimes a person just wants to treat themself.
So I set out to find a solution — and it comes in the form of this homemade fluffy pancake recipe for one! It’s everything you get from a traditional American buttermilk pancake recipe, except it’s the perfect amount of batter to make two pancakes. To me, that’s the ideal stack for one!
If you’re looking for a pancake recipe that your whole family will love, check out this Buttermilk Pancake recipe, which yields 8 servings. But if you’re looking for a quiet breakfast with just you, a nice cup of coffee, and two delicious buttermilk pancakes, continue on! And if you’re looking for a Flourless Pancake option, I’ve got a recipe for those, too.
What Are Buttermilk Pancakes?
Buttermilk pancakes are likely the kind you think of when you go to your favorite diner and order a stack. They’re thick, fluffy, and light. But why do you need buttermilk to make pancakes?
Buttermilk gives a great tangy flavor note to the pancakes, but it’s also essential to making the perfect pancake. Buttermilk helps activate the rising agents, which in this recipe are baking powder and baking soda, and the acid in the buttermilk eats away at the gluten of the pancake, which makes it incredibly tender.
If you don’t have buttermilk in your fridge, don’t worry! You can easily make your own Homemade Buttermilk.
What You Need To Make Fluffy American Buttermilk Pancakes For One
How To Make Fluffy American Buttermilk Pancakes For One
No more leftover pancakes you don’t intend to eat all by yourself! Here’s how you make the perfect amount of buttermilk pancakes for one (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a jug, mix the buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract (if using), and melted butter.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and briefly mix them with a fork until it is just combined. Be sure not to overmix, so you end up with fluffy, soft pancakes!
- Heat a pan over medium/low heat for a few minutes. You want to make sure your pan is hot before you add the batter.
- Scoop 1/2 of the batter into the pan and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Once bubbles have formed on the top of the pancake, and it has browned underneath, flip it over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining 1/2 of the batter to give you 2 pancakes.
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Fluffy American Buttermilk Pancakes For One
- These pancakes stay super thick when you mix and cook the batter straight away. The longer the batter sits, the flatter it will get.
- You can prepare the batter the night before by mixing the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Then, the next morning, mix the dry and the wet and cook!
- If you’d like a little extra wheat in your pancake, use a little whole wheat flour.
- No buttermilk? No problem! Make my Buttermilk Substitute.
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Full (and printable) recipe below!
Watch The Recipe Video!
Single-Serving Fluffy Pancakes Recipe
- 1 cup (5oz/142g) all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup (8floz/240ml) buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract , optional
- 2 tablespoons (1oz/28g) butter , melted
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
- In a jug mix together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract (if using), and melted butter.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix briefly with a fork until just combined. Take care not to overmix so you end up with fluffy, soft pancakes.
- Heat a pan over medium/low heat for a few minutes
- Scoop ½ the batter into the pan and allow to cook for roughly 3-4 minutes.
- Once bubbles have formed on the top and it has browned underneath, flip it over to cook another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the rest of the batter to give you 2 pancakes.
- Enjoy hot straight from the pan with maple syrup, butter, and whatever else you like on your pancakes.