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Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

My mom use to make these all the time for us and I just thought I'd share this wonderful recipe.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
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  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1/4 cup melted shortening

*To make sour milk~ pour 1 tsp of white vinegar into a cup of regular milk and use as directed.


Sift flour, measure, resift twice with the next 4 ingredients (old cookbook directions, who does this anyway?), the last time into a 2-qt mixing bowl. Beat egg, stir in milk, add all at once to flour mixture. Beat with egg beater until just smooth, add shortening and beat until blended.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased (I use a little melted butter) moderately hot griddle. Bake until golden brown on both sides. I flip when I see the edges starting to dry and bubbles on the tops. Serve with butter and syrup.


I sometime sprinkle some blueberries or some chopped up banana right after I pour the batter in the pan.

Source: From an old cookbook called "Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking" 1947

By Sharon from Modesto, CA


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