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posted: 04/29/15

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These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

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I’ve noticed something recently . . . . people are super nice to you when you are out shopping with three kids.

The other day I was at Trader Joe’s picking up a few things and seriously everyone there was so nice to me. I was apologizing to literally everyone we passed/ran into with our small circus of three carts (two mini, one normal) and they all were so nice! Oooing and awing at my kids acting like they are cute and not monsters. I even had one other mother, with one kid in tow, bow towards me asking me how I do it.

I told her that she is only seeing me for thirty seconds, she’d be less impressed if she saw me all day long.

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

As I left, someone grabbed my cart for me and put it away saying, “Oh, no worries, you look like you have your hands full!” So nice! I told Nathan I was considering moving into Trader Joes.

And it’s been happening everywhere!

It’s been happening so much in fact . . . . that I’m kind of considering only shopping with my three kids. Like all of them. I mean, they are relatively well behaved. And people are so much nicer to me when I have them all with! I mean with them, it’s reasonable that I’m sleep deprived, no make up, hair a mess, and occasionally running into things. Without them I just look like a crazed lunatic.

Cheers to your kids making your insanity seem normal, right?!

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

I don’t have a good segue from that into these pancakes. (See above about being a sleep deprived crazed lunatic.)

{Cough.}

So I’ve made about 15 versions of these pancakes, tweaking this and that. And now I have what I think comes amazingly close to Pancake House pancakes. If you don’t have an Original Pancake House near you, I’m so very sorry. No wait! I’m not! Because now you can see just how amazing their pancakes are in your own home! The idea for using cake flour int he pancakes came from someone on FB after I shared these Silver Dollar Pancakes with Real Housemoms. Genius.

These Copycat Pancake House Pancakes are perfectly delicious buttermilk pancakes that you can have at home!

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4.71 from 17 votes

Copycat Pancake House Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 TBSPs sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  • Place a skillet over low heat.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the oil, eggs, and buttermilk. Stir together until just combined. The batter will be lumpy, do not overmix.
  • Spray the skillet with cooking spray and pour 1/4 cup of batter on the skillet and spread it out with the bottom of the measuring cup. As soon as bubbles begin to develop on top, flip the pancake. Be careful, the pancakes will be think and cook quickly. Allow it to cook another 30 seconds or so on the other side and remove to a plate.
  • Wipe down the skillet, spray with cooking spray and cook the next pancake.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. Mir says

    So, Trader Joe’s is the happiest place on earth. It really is. People are super nice there, three kids or no. But you know, I get you. At the same time, when I’m not shopping with my three kids (i.e. protecting the candy aisles from being raided), it’s kinda like a vacation.
    Pancake houses are also happy places! I’m a big fan of these!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I know that whenever I hear a mom with kids in a store, especially if one is crying, I give her a small smile because, hello, we’ve all been there! I love these pancakes because Pancake House (at least one near us) is so freaking expensive. These aren’t!! :)

  3. Danielle Clarke says

    In Canada we do not have the pancake house, so I have nothing to compare these with. These are the best pancakes I have ever made at home! All 4 of my kids agreed!!(that’s almost a miracle). I did substitute whole wheat flour for the AP, and l made my own cake flour (replace 2T flour with cornstarch for every cup). These were just perfect. Thanks so much!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave this comment Danielle! I love this recipe too! :)

  4. Mark says

    I live near an Orignal Pancake House. 45 minute wait regardless of the day of the week. I wont go to the restaurant any less. Just ordering other things from the menu now that I can make these.

  5. Mike says

    The Original House of Pancakes uses some type of Sourdough starter/yeast combo in their pancakes. These pancakes have a unique flavor which is from the starter or yeast. Have you tried using those items?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t! Interesting! I will have to try that!

    • Gargamel says

      3 stars
      You nailed it Mike. The OPH has a unique flavor to their buttermilk that you will not taste anywhere else. This recipe yields a delicious pancake but not that unique OPH flavor. It is a great mystery.

    • David says

      I agree, I have tried many copycat recipes for OPH buttermilk pancakes and thought these are good, they do not taste like the originals. I will have to keep on searching!

  6. Jessica says

    Easy to make. Really good flavors.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Glad you liked them Jessica!

  7. Amy says

    the recipe above does not include the sugar portion but it shows on the initial page before you select the “make it” icon. Just wanted to let you know so that it can be revised. I will definitely give it a try!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Weird, Amy! I’m seeing it when I look at the post.

  8. Farah says

    5 stars
    Really easy recipe with amazing results. Very flavorful and fluffy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it Farah.

  9. Jack says

    so this is a great recipe but there’s such a defined flavor from pancake house pancakes that its hard to replicate. I found some information regarding the pancakes and how they use a starter. not only that, but the starter contains corn flour, peanut oil, sugar, and baking powder. as well, only one ingredient is added to the starter each day. I’m still trying to replicate them but I know i’ll figure stout soon enough.

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you get that flavor just right, let me know!

  10. Ann Marie Chontos says

    I thank you for your recipe for copy cat pancakes. What is a starter that some had posted is used by the OPH

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