Nana's Pancakes

This is the family recipe we’ve been using since I was a child. This will make approximately 6 large pancackes, or 12 small ones. Nana used to let me eat the butter when my mom wasn’t watching, which I also highly recommend.

Note: Do not flip the pancakes more than once. Do not whack them with your spatula. Do not shake the pan around. You just spent a lot of time beating some egg whites so the pancakes are light and fluffy. Don’t ruin it.


  • 2c (9oz) all purpose flour
  • 1T sugar
  • 0.5t salt
  • 2t baking soda
  • 2.5c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1T melted butter
  • 0.5t vanilla extract


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Put buttermilk, egg yolks, vegetable oil, and vanilla into a separate bowl. Whisk until well mixed.
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients. Mix with whisk until just incorporated. It is ok if a few lumps still exist. Overmixing will make the pancakes tough.
  5. Fold stiff egg whites into batter until just incorporated. It is ok if a few blobs of egg white still remain unincorporated.
  6. Preheat heavy bottomed (I use cast iron) skillet over medium heat.
  7. Spray skillet with cooking spray or grease with a little butter. Ladle approximately 1/2c of batter onto the skillet. Distribute the batter with the back of a ladle moving in a circular motion until the pancake is about 6 inches around.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2-4 minutes, until the edges of the pancake is set and at least one bubble that has formed leaves a small hole in the pancake when it pops. Flip with a wide spatula.
  9. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown.
  10. Serve with your favorite pancake topping. I like a mixture of apple butter and maple syrup.
Brandon Dimcheff
Brandon Dimcheff
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Brandon Dimcheff is a software engineer born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He uses go for his day job, has fallen in love with Kubernetes, is an aspiring functional programming language nerd, and is an advocate of open source.