Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Monday 30 November 2020

I wanted to make something special for my brother-in-law Dan at the weekend.  Weekends have always been the time for special somethings in my home.  Special breakfasts, special dinners, treats and what-not.

Dan is such a great guy. He's always been really good to my sister and he treated my  mom like Gold. She loved Dan. My dad also thinks the world of him. He deserved a weekend treat and so I made him Blueberry Buttermilk pancakes!  And why not!

I chose to make the Buttermilk Blueberry Pancake Recipe from a book I brought over in my suitcase to Canada. Classic Canadian Cooking by Elizabeth Baird.

I don't think you can ever have too many pancake recipes. You have probably noticed I love, LOVE pancakes!  And I adore blueberries in anything!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

One of my favourite blueberry pancakes has always been Maple Sauced Cornmeal and Blueberry Pancakes. They are light and fluffy, but do involve a bit of faffing about.

I am not a huge fan of faffing about, but I am a huge fan of blueberries and so I put up with it for those. I was really lucky to grow up in an area where wild blueberries were amazingly abundant.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

My mother used to put us to work picking wild blueberries every summer.  She had her favourite spots. I confess, it was not my favourite thing to do.

I was always really cognizant of the fact that bears also love blueberries. I had heard tales of people being interrupted in their berry picking by black bears. Scary stuff.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

I always kept one eye on the berries and one on the horizon looking for bears just in case.  I remember one time my dad pretended to be a bear and scared the cheese-whillikers out of me!

Yep, dropped every blueberry I had picked, so the joke was on him!!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

My mom would freeze them all, or make blueberry pies and freeze them. She didn't make pancakes or muffins with them. That just wasn't her thing.

I, on the other hand, love blueberry pies, pancakes and muffins. I am always on the lookout for a new recipe. I do love my older ones, but can one ever have too many recipes for these things? I think not!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

 I was so happy to be able to finally find buttermilk in nice and tall one litre containers. In the UK, if you could find it, it was never in a container larger than about 260ml ( about 1 1/4 cup). 

That's if you could find it at all. I used to always have to use milk with lemon juice added. It does make a great substitute, but it is still not quite the same.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

I was incredibly impressed with how light and fluffy these pancakes are! Even my sister remarked on it.

Sometimes pancakes rise up quite high in the pan, but they fall again after you take them out. These did not fall. 

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


I didn't have any wild blueberries either. I did pick up a pack of frozen ones, but I put them back because I wasn't sure that I could keep them frozen until I got them back to the house.

We were going to my dads after shopping. My sister always goes and changes his bed on Saturdays  She's so good to him.  He really appreciates her.  I would do it too, but its her thing. I would never want to interfere with anything!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

See how light and fluffy these are!  Just like little airy clouds of deliciousness! 

Its a wonder they didn't float right off the plate. I think my sister thought I was a bit nuts this morning, running around like a blue-arsed fly trying to find the best light for taking photos!!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

As you can tell, these were photographed in two separate spots. Once on the end of my bed on a background paper.  Good, but could be better.

The second lot was taken by me holding the plate up in front of my bedroom window.  I was trying very carefully not to drop them and take pictures at the same time.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

I think both photo sets turned out alright, but I do prefer the ones from in front of my window better.  And what happened next?

The sun came out and everywhere was brilliant for photo taking. LOL  Isn't that how it always goes?


In any case, both were okay and these pancakes were awesome!  I really hope that you will be tempted to try them! 

In the book she recommends serving them with crisp bacon, melon slices and maple butter. 

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

To be honest, I don't think it would matter what you served with them. These are phenomenal.  Trust me. You really need to make them. 

I am sure they will become a firm favourite with you and your family! At least I hope that they will!!  I would think you could use raspberries if you don't like blueberries, or even a mixture of berries. 😁 

Some of my other favourite pancake recipes are:

 Blueberry & Lemon Sheet Pan Pancake

Blueberry & Lemon Sheet Pan Pancakes: This delicious pancake bakes in the oven. It bakes in 15 minutes and is hands free rather than standing over the stove cooking individual pancakes, leaving you to get on with other things. Simply cut into four squares when done.  Serve with additional berries and your favourite pancake syrup. 

Apple Puff Pancake

 Apple Puff Pancake: In a French Kitchen, this would be called a clafoutis. Clafoutis, Pancake, apple flan, no matter what you call it, this is one heavenly breakfast dish! 

Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes 

Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Honey & Vanilla Butter: This recipe is an old favourite from one of my favourite cookbooks, The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook, by Sarah Mayor.  It's one of my favourite books, and these pancakes are one of the reasons why.

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Yield: makes 12 medium pancakes
Author: Marie Rayner
These are the lightest, fluffiest, tastiest blueberry pancakes I have ever made! I highly recommend!


  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 TBS white sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large free range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) buttermilk
  • 3 TBS melted butter, cooled
  • 1 cup fresh wild blueberries


  1. Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl.
  2. Beat together the egg, milk and melted butter.  Add to the dry ingredients, all at once.  Stir just to combine. You will want all of the flour incoporated. 
  3. Scoop the batter in 1/4 cup measures onto a heated, lightly greased skillet or griddle. Sprinkle some berries on top of each pancake.
  4. Cook until bubbles begin to burst on top and the bottoms are golden brown. Carefully flip over and cook for a minute or so longer until cooked throughout and golden brown.
  5. Scoop out and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining pancakes.
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  1. I didn't grow up with blueberries (far too hot where I lived). The blueberries they have here aren't the same as your blueberries - they call them blueberries (blåbär) but they are bilberries. Still, near enough for me and I use them in recipes calling for blueberries. :)

    Your brother-in-law is very lucky to get such a great weekend treat. They look delicious! I admit to being sorely tempted by the recipe for Blueberry & Lemon Sheet Pan Pancakes (how have I missed that?) and think that they might make a nice brunch treat next weekend to celebrate me being here 20 years. I was going to do a pavlova anyway for afternoon tea, which means I'll have egg yolks left to make the curd. Yum!

    I smiled at the mental image of your sister's reaction to you trying to get the right light for your photos. I'm married to a photographer and have rolled my eyes dozens of times as he hunts for just the right ambience. But yes, I do know that it matters - I'm just a bemused bystander.

    1. Congratulations on 20 years Marie! My 20 years in the UK was marked on the 31st of October. Its a pity my story had a much different end. I am so happy that you are happy however and yes, celebrate!! We need more celebrations in 2020! THose sheet pan pancakes are really fabulous! I have to giggle about you thinking I am a photographer. Hardly! haha But I try! Love and hugs, xoxo


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