Thursdays Are For Cooking….

| September 24, 2020 | 4 Comments

Buttermilk pancake

I’m returning to the stovetop, because the forecast is for very, very cold weather in my AO next week. In fact, it is predicted to be an Arctic blast that may stun livestock and scare small children if it happens to snow ahead of the official start of winter.

So it’s back to Betty C’s 1953 buttermilk pancakes recipe, and I have to get the cupboards cleared out so that I have room to store important things like chocolate and maple syrup.

I did get six pancakes out of this recipe but they were not small – not at all. Made from scratch instead of a box mix works nicely and the clean up is quite easy.

Better Homes & Gardens 1953 Pancakes recipe, including the buttermilk part (see below):

1 1/4 cups of sifted all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder (Clabber Girl is still available)

1 tablespoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 beaten egg

1 cup of milk (note: in 1952, 2% milk was not available; use whole milk if you are not making buttermilk pancakes)

2 tablespoons of salad oil (corn oil or olive oil) or melted shortening or bacon fat. I used olive oil; canola oil does not work for this.


For buttermilk pancakes, follow these substitutions:

Substitute bnttermilk for whole milk

Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and cut the baking powder to 2 teaspoonfuls


Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder, sugar, and salt. Give the dry ingredients a good stir to mix them.

Combine beaten egg, milk (or buttermilk), and oil and stir thoroughly. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until the flour mixture is moistened. The batter will be very lumpy.

Cooking directions:

Bake on a hot griddle (yes, that is verbatim).  Makes about 12 dollar-sized or 8 four-inch pancakes.

Note: Make sure you grease the griddle with something like olive oil, or the pancakes will stick. I used olive oil on one batch and bacon grease on another. Both work quite well, and we have to remember than in the 1950s, a lot of things that go into the trash now were recycled and re-purposed, including bacon grease.

I made six pancakes out of it.  The batter is quite thick and lumpy, and stuck like crazy to the dipper that I used, but when cooked, the lumps disappear and these real buttermilk pancakes have excellent flavor, requiring nothing more than real butter and good maple syrup, and maybe some J’ville sausages or nice, crispy bacon.

Category: Cooking, Economy

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  1. ninja says:

    Thank You, Ex!

    Pancakes are for Supper/Dinner as well…

    Just Ask Mason!


  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    “Bake on a griddle.” Yes’um, gots several versions of those. For them that don’t know, for the home kitchen, it’s a frying pan without sides. Yes, made of cast iron, properly seasoned and if you go ahead and cook the bacon and/or sausages FIRST, then you can use those drippings to lube up the griddle. Plus it gives a meaty flavor to the pancakes.

    I will admit to having purchased an electric griddle for those times that I have a big crowd. Works great. Has the trough all around that allows the drippings to collect in the slide out trays and is big enough to do bacon/sausage and pancakes at the same time. And if you REALLY want to show off and high climb your culinary skillz, you got space to fry an egg or two next to the bacon.

    Wrapping a pancake around a link sausage or a thick slab of bacon makes a true “pig in a blanket.” And as ‘Ed pointed out so eloquently the other day, recipes are for guideline, not etched in stone. There is no rule that says you can’t sprinkle some fruits, nuts, or chocolate/butterscotch chips into the batter.

    Tanks Ex We still use a lot of pure cane syrup down here, but I do keep a little Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth’s around.

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    I’ll need to print this out & take it home for my wife to compare next to the Other Famous Person’s (name escapes me at the moment) buttermilk pancake recipe.

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    “……a lot of things that go into the trash now were recycled and re-purposed, including bacon grease.”

    WHAT! Throw away perfectly good bacon grease! Who dares!

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