Perfectly Light and Fluffy Pancake Recipe for a Delicious Breakfast

Best Fluffy Pancake Recipe - Quick & Easy Breakfast Delight

Discover the secret to making incredibly light, airy, and flavorful buttermilk pancakes with this foolproof recipe. Golden brown on the outside, pillowy soft on the inside – these pancakes are pure breakfast perfection.

The Science of Perfect Pancakes

Creating the ideal pancake is all about chemistry. The magic happens when baking soda reacts with buttermilk, producing carbon dioxide bubbles that make the batter rise. Meanwhile, the Maillard reaction gives pancakes their appealing golden-brown color and complex flavors.

This recipe takes things a step further by incorporating whipped egg whites, which add extra lift and result in pancakes that are astonishingly light and fluffy. The combination of buttermilk and sour cream provides the perfect tangy flavor to complement the subtle sweetness.

Key Ingredients for Fluffy Pancakes

  • Buttermilk: Provides tang and helps activate the leavening agents
  • Sour cream: Adds richness and extra tang
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Create the perfect rise
  • Whipped egg whites: The secret to ultimate fluffiness

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe


Dry Pancake Mix:

  • 10 ounces (about 2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Wet Ingredients (for each batch):

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 12 ounces) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (about 8 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for serving
  • Warm maple syrup for serving


  1. Prepare the dry mix: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Transfer to an airtight container. This mix will keep for up to 3 months.
  2. For each batch of pancakes: Whip the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. In a separate large bowl, whisk egg yolks, buttermilk, and sour cream until smooth. Slowly drizzle in melted butter while whisking.
  3. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the wet ingredients. Pour this mixture over one batch of dry mix and fold until just combined, leaving some lumps.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat for 5 minutes. Lightly grease with butter or oil.
  5. Use a 1/4-cup measure to pour batter onto the hot surface. Cook until bubbles form on top and the bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden, about 2 minutes more.
  6. Serve immediately with warm maple syrup and butter, or keep warm in a low oven while cooking remaining batches.

Pro Tips for Pancake Perfection

  • Don’t overmix the batter – lumps are good!
  • Let the batter rest for 5 minutes before cooking for even fluffier results
  • Use a preheated, lightly greased surface for optimal browning
  • Flip pancakes only once for the best texture

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
407 Calories
18g Fat
52g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 407
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 551mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 187mg 14%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 245mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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