If you love breakfast you are going to love this Denny’s Pancakes recipe! They are light, fluffy and just like the ones you would get from Denny’s
Denny’s is a pancake lover’s paradise. There pancakes are soft, fluffy and oh so delicious.
But what’s the secret to their amazing pancakes? Their pancake recipe is definitely one of a kind, and it’s easy to make at home.
So if you’re in the mood for some delicious pancakes, then this copycat Denny’s pancakes recipe is just for you.
Denny’s pancakes ingredients
All purpose flour
All purpose flour is a staple in many homes, and it’s also an essential ingredient for this recipe.
Granulated sugar makes these pancakes slightly sweet and also balances the tanginess of the buttermilk.
Sugar also gives hot cakes a slightly crunchy and golden brown exterior that’s delicious.
Baking powder gives your pancakes a fluffiness you’ve never experienced before.
Buttermilk is the liquid leftover after churning butter.
This acidic liquid gives your pancakes an extra tangy flavor.
It’s honestly the single best thing you can add to your pancakes to take them to the next level.
You can also make a homemade buttermilk, just use 1 cup whole milk and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
Salt helps bring out all flavors in your recipe, so don’t be afraid to add it.
Eggs give these pancakes their moist and fluffy texture you’ve come to expect from Denny’s.
Butter is what gives the pancakes the melt in your moth texture.
How do you make pancakes light and fluffy
Perfect pancakes start with the perfect recipe. honestly Denny’s pancakes are well known for being incredibly light and super fluffy.
They are also slightly larger than traditional homemade pancakes (so you may want to them bigger too!).
However there are a couple tips for perfect light and fluffy pancakes every single time:
Don’t over mix the batter
You want to mix your ingredients until just barely incorporated. If you mix it too much you’ll activate the gluten which results in tougher and dryer pancakes.
Use melted butter
This recipe calls for a good amount of melted butter. Butter is what gives baked treats (and pancakes) that delicious melt in your mouth texture.
While you can sub it for vegetable oil or canola oil if you are in a pinch, pancakes made with melted butter are better.
If you have time, let your batter rest
Resting your batter for 30 minutes before cooking the pancakes is amazing for texture.
Flour hydrates which in turn results in taller and fluffier pancakes.
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Preheat your griddle on medium heat. Once you are ready to cook turn the heat to low
You don’t want you skillet or griddle to be too ht during cooking time. If the pan is too hot the outside will cook fast and the inside will be raw.
It will also rise too fast and deflate which is not what you want when you are looking to create tall and fluffy pancakes
Variations and substitutions
Substitute the flour for whole wheat flour
You can sub the flour for half all purpose flour and half wheat flour. The result will be similar to the Dennys multigrain pancakes (just add a little cinnamon to finish them up).
Substitute the buttermilk for milk
You can technically sub the buttermilk for milk but it’s not quite the same.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can create your own buttermilk at home using whole milk and lemon juice.
Substitute the butter for vegetable oil or canola oil
Vegetable and canola oil work when you are in a pinch. So if you don’t have butter on hand you can still make this recipe.
However, keep in mid that the end result when using butter is softer.
This buttermilk pancakes recipe is incredibly delicious and oh so versatile.
You can add fresh fruits like banana slices and strawberry to create some berry banana pancakes.
Or add some cinnamon to create a cinnamon roll inspire pancake stack.
You an also add chocolate chips or even peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips to make an incredibly indulgent breakfast.
What to serve with buttermilk pancakes
Anything and everything. What I love so much about these pancakes is how versatile they are.
If you really want to replicate the Denny’s experience then you’ll also need to keep with the Denny’s pancakes toppings.
- Classic: Maple syrup. Seriously, go big with the syrup.
- Choconana Pancake: Chocolate chips + bananas + whipped cream. Bonus points if you add some chocolate chips to the pancake batter before cooking them.
- Double berry pancake: Bananas + strawberries + whipped cream. Bonus points if you cook the pancakes with blueberries mixed into the batter.
- Salted caramel and banana cream pancakes: Vanilla cream + banana + salted caramel.
- Cinnamon roll pancake: cinnamon and brown sugar topping +whipped cream + cream cheese icing
And also remember to use the classic breakfast options like scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns or breakfast sausage links.
Frequently asked questions about Denny’s pancake recipe
What are Denny’s pancakes made of?
Denny’s pancakes are made with flour, baking powder and real buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.
They are incredibly popular because they are super fluffy and delicious with other traditional breakfast foods.
Does Denny’s sell their pancake mix?
Yes! You can actually purchase Denny’s pancake mixes! Not that you need tho, this copycat pancake recipe is SO similar to the real deal.
Denny’s pancakes mixes come in 3 different flavors:
- Double caramel pancakes
- Peanut butter cup pancakes
- Cinnamon roll pancakes
They are so easy to make! You just need to add some water.
Who has better pancakes Denny’s of IHOP?
It depends on what you are looking for when it comes to pancakes. Both IHOPs and Denny’s are delicious.
However if I had to pick one I would definitely go with Denny’s pancakes. They are perfectly golden brown and have the perfect fluff and chew. They are amazing.
- 2 Cups flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 Teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 Cup buttermilk
- 1/3 Cup butter melted
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl whisk the buttermilk, melted butter and eggs until combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and with the help of spatula stir until just barely incorporated. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes if you have the time.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once it's hot bring the heat down to low. Spread with butter or a bit of oil.
- Pour around 1/2 cup batter on the hot skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until small bubbles form on top. Flip the pancake and cook for 1 more minute or until golden. Repeat the process with the rest of the batter.