Buttermilk pancakes

Pancakes on a plateWhen I first moved to Melbourne I had no friends. True story. These pancakes are very relevant to this story.

Anyone who has moved countries or states knows this no-friends thing to be a fact of life. You have to meet new people, and rely on the kindness of others. It’s what makes it exciting – you never know who you’re going to meet and connect with.

Fruit in a bowl

Fruit and ice cream are my toppings of choice. Fruit equals out the ice cream.

I knew a grand total of three people when I moved to Melbourne. Two of those people were my younger step-sister and her mum.

Both of which I barely knew.

My step-sister’s mum is from America and she also knew the woes of moving and having no friends. So, on weekends they would invite me to their house for sleepovers. It became a nice ritual, and part of that was my sister would make these pancakes for breakfast.

Isn’t that nice?

Not only did they offer friendship, but pancakes on top!

My sister and I would often cook together on these sleepovers, sometimes my recipes, sometimes hers. This was her recipe. You can tell by the buttermilk, Australians don’t tend to use it. She wrote it in my recipe book which you can see below. That was about seven years ago.

The recipe - handwritten

These two women have now moved back to America and my sister is off to college this year. I wonder if she’ll make them for her dorm… they’re a great way to make friends. I know I was grateful.

And I still make the pancakes.

Pankcakes and fruit with icecream


1 cup self-raising flour
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
Butter, for frying
(if you do not have buttermilk substitute all milks for just one cup of normal milk)

Toppings of your choice: fruit salad and ice cream, maple syrup, lemon and sugar. Anything goes.


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together.
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat and add a teaspoon or so of butter, allow to melt.
  3. Pour in a desired amount of batter, tip pan to spread out.
  4. When the pancake has bubbles across its uncooked surface, and is lifting at the edges, it’s a good time to try and flip it. Take care. Best of luck if you try to do the whole pan flip thing.

Makes: depends on the size you’re going for, but this recipe feeds two very hungry people and leaves them with very, very full bellies.

Calories: Two very large pancakes pre-toppings (and not including the butter for frying) have 350 calories.

11 Comments on Buttermilk pancakes

  1. Sofia
    1 February 2013 at 4:40 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Aimee, Please to “meet” you. I’ve moved around living in different places quite a bit so I know what you mean! I may be moving (again, moving!) to Sydney this year… Anyhow, the pancakes look delicious! 🙂

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      1 February 2013 at 9:58 am (5 years ago)

      Hey there – just had a look at your blog and am incredibly envious that you currently live in Spain! Sydney is a lovely city though (but I like Melbourne more :)) and sounds like a great adventure.

  2. Sofia
    1 February 2013 at 10:44 am (5 years ago)

    I suppose I have to see it all as an adventure more often 🙂 Oh people tell me Melbourne is great!

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    1 February 2013 at 2:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Why must you take such incredible photos my friend, I am dying 😀


  4. Victoria
    1 February 2013 at 3:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Looks oh so yummy! I LOVE pancakes or waffles with fruit and ice cream! It’s a great breakfast, dinner or dessert!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      4 February 2013 at 11:48 am (5 years ago)

      I’ve never made waffles (no waffle iron alas) but I’d love to get into them next.

  5. Sarah
    2 February 2013 at 1:36 am (5 years ago)

    a good pancake maker=a good friend in my opinion. will have to try these out sometime soon 🙂

  6. Amy
    4 February 2013 at 6:01 am (5 years ago)

    I can always use a recipe for a good buttermilk pancake…yum!I <3 breakfast 🙂

  7. Kristy
    7 February 2013 at 4:40 am (5 years ago)

    Pancakes are always welcome around here. Love the story that came with these as well. I know those types of moves well. 🙂

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      7 February 2013 at 4:15 pm (5 years ago)

      They’re very good moves! Nothing says welcome like pancakes.


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