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Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Winter weekend mornings are the perfect time to cozy up to a pancake breakfast. I can eat them without all the side fixings of eggs and {halal} sausages, as long as the pancakes are flavorful. That’s why I like to make these pancakes with creamy buttermilk and the zing of citrus zest or peels. You could replace the orange with lemon and they’d be just as delightful.

I’m not a fan of store-bought syrups unless it’s a real maple syrup (Vermont is, of course, one of world’s very best) and if I don’t have that then I will use warmed honey or blackstrap molasses to drizzle on top.  

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Serves 4-6 (Makes about 24 pancakes)


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons fresh or dried orange zest or peels + a little more for serving

Butter (to cook)


  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg vigorously then add the buttermilk and whole milk. Mix together.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, one cup at a time, combining thoroughly with a spoon. Add the orange zest/peels and fold into the mixture.
  4. Warm a griddle, cast iron pan or sauté pan with a pat of butter. Just before it browns, add 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) of the batter for each pancake you wish to make. Cook on one side until small bubbles begin to appear at the top, then flip. Brown the bottom (about 1-2 minutes), then remove from the pan.
  5. Add a little more butter to the griddle pan and continue to add the batter, 2 tablespoons at a time to form each pancake.
  6. Just before serving, add more fresh orange zest to the top of the pancakes. Serve with warm honey or blackstrap molasses on top.

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  1. mmmm sounds delicious! i LOVE pancakes on those occassional saturday mornings! I LOVE them with blueberries :)

    I have made pancakes from scratch before but they never tasted good….the recipes I have always used always included sugar and no buttermilk…this one sounds like a winner!

    thanks for posting :)

  2. I just made them and they are delicious! I made a few with fresh peeled and sliced apples and they turned out great as well! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. I made it this morning and my only concern is that it’s not fluffy. I followed the recipe exactly with the correct measurement of ingredients but it turned out more like a flat bread. It tastes good but not like a pancake texture for me. The batter was dry. What could I have done wrong?

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