Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour

January 28, 2022Sew White

This buttermilk pancake recipe is a great way to make pancakes when you have self-raising flour and no baking powder. Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour give the finished pancakes an extra boost of height and makes a truly beautiful stack of pancakes.

freshly made buttermilk pancakes on a white plate and beautiful golden brown

Why you’ll love this recipe

This Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour recipe makes the perfect Sunday morning food. I love any recipe that uses up what you have in the cupboard and when you have no baking powder left! Swapping out plain flour for self raising is an easy change to make for buttermilk pancakes.

You can make a delicious tall stack of fluffy pancakes at home.

They buttermilk pancakes are light and fluffy.

This recipe makes 12 mini pancakes to share. However I love making two pancakes stacks with six pancakes each. It’s the perfect amount for a breakfast and leaves no leftovers.

Top Questions – link to answers later

Is self-raising flour OK for pancakes?
Can I use self-raising flour instead of plain flour for buttermilk pancakes?
Do I need baking soda if I use self-rising flour?
what happens if you make pancakes with self-raising flour?

Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour and topped with a fruit compote on a white plate and red cloth

Ingredients

  • self – raising flour
  • small pinch salt ( trust me, it makes all the difference)
  • tablespoon caster sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • large eggs
  • teaspoon vanilla extract – More if you like a sweeter taste
  • buttermilk
  • milk
  • unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing the frying pan)

How to make Self Raising Flour Buttermilk Pancakes – step by step

  • Sieve your self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate jug or bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla and milk. I would recommend whisking your egg in a bowl first, this helps to add extra air into your batter and gives you an opportunity to pick out any shell.
  • Gently whisk the milk mixture into the flour mix until you have a smooth and lump-free batter.
  • Place your frying pan on a medium heat and add a teaspoon of butter to melt in the pan. Make sure that your pan is hot! The hotter the pan the less likely you are to have to dump your first self raising flour buttermilk pancake.
  • Spoon the mixture into the pan leaving space between them. Make the buttermilk pancakes any size of you want. I prefer a stack of mini ones but you could make one giant one if you fancy.
  • Keep an eye on the self – raising flour buttermilk pancakes and after about 1-2 minutes flip them over and cook for another 60 seconds until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve the pancakes straight away and enjoy with your favourite toppings

Top Tips

  • Be sure to crack your egg into a separate bowl so you don’t miss any bits of shell. It also gives you chance to whisk them together first for an extra airy batter.
  • Ensure your pan is really hot when you start cooking. As you pour in your buttermilk pancake batter, the temperature in the pan will drop so to reduce the chance of the first pancake sticking, keep the temperature up and add your fat so it gets nice and hot too.
  • Don’t forget to season your baking! Adding a pinch of salt and vanilla essence to your mix is vital for a full flavoured self raising buttermilk pancake.
fresh hot mini stack of american stlye buttermilk pancakes

Serving Suggestions

With lots of toppings! Here are my favourites:

NUTTELLA

Chocolate spread is the perfect sweet treat for this easy self raising flour pancakes, you can use your favourite spread or if you are feeling fancy then slice up some fruit and drizzle melted chocolate over the top. (Valentines day anyone?)

SAVOURY BRUNCH

I am partial to a savoury pancake, sausage and bacon in a tomato sauce or maybe mushroom and onion. The possibilities are endless. You can have self raising flour buttermilk pancakes or breakfast lunch or dinner!

CLASSIC AMERICAN BREAKFAST

If you are looking for that classic fully American pancake meal then you need to fry some bacon and pour some maple syrup over your hot pancakes and dive in!. You get extra points f you add whipped cream too!

Equipment for self raising flour pancakes

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A pan

a mixing bowl (or 2 if you’re following my top tricks)

A spatula for flipping

Storing / Making ahead of time options

You can make your self raising pancake batter ahead of cooking, I would even suggest letting it rest for about 30 minutes. But I would cook and eat your pancakes on the same day.

Freshly made pancakes are so tasty but can be kept in the fridge for a couple days, just remember to keep them covered!

a golden brown stack of Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour with fruit coulis on top

Substitutions and variations

You can swap out the self raising flour for plain flour and a pinch of baking powder if you’ve just run out ( check out my recipe for buttermilk pancakes using plain flour).

You can of course add your own favourite toppings, like fresh fruit, golden syrup or even both! I’ve added my favourite toppings further up in this recipe but I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

FAQS Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour

Is self-raising flour OK for pancakes?

Of course it’s okay to use self raising flour for pancakes! It helps creates tall and fluffy buttermilk pancakes that are delicious!

Can I use self-raising flour instead of plain flour for buttermilk pancakes?

Both types of flour work for this pancake recipe. Plain flour will need a pinch of baking powder to help them to rise. Self-raising doesn’t need that extra baking powder as it has it in already.

Self Raising flour buttermilk pancakes might be my best pancakes yet!

Do I need baking soda if I use self-rising flour?

Self-raising flour doesn’t contain baking soda. So if the recipe calls for baking soda you should still use it. If the recipe calls for baking powder then you can omit if you are replacing the plain flour with self-raising flour.

What happens if you make buttermilk pancakes with self-raising flour?

If you make buttermilk pancakes with self-raising flour they will become super tall and fluffy! The same will happen with plain flour and a baking powder. It’s the same thing but slightly different.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour with a drizzle of mixed berry compote
Don’t forget your mixed compote for your buttermilk pancakes!

Other Recipes you might like

Mini Egg Pancakes
Scotch Pancakes
Valentines French Toast

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Recipe

Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour

Sisley White
This recipe is a great way to make pancakes when you have self-raising flour and no baking powder. Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour give the finished pancakes an extra boost of height and makes a truly beautiful stack of pancakes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British, English, International
Servings 2 people
Calories 622 kcal

Equipment

  • Frying Pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • small pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 ml buttermilk
  • 40 ml milk
  • 80 g unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing the frying pan)

Instructions
 

  • Sieve the self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate jug or bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vanilla and milk.
  • Gently whisk the milk mixture into the flour mix until you have a smooth and lump-free batter.
  • Place your frying pan on a medium heat and add a teaspoon of butter to melt in the pan.
  • Spoon the mixture into the pan leaving space between them. Make them the size of buttermilk pancakes you want. I prefer a stack of mini ones but you could make one giant one if you fancy.
  • Keep an eye on the buttermilk pancakes and after about 1-2 minutes flip them over and cook for another 60 seconds until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve the pancakes and enjoy with your favourite toppings.

Notes

  • If you have leftover batter you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • If you have leftover pancakes you can freeze the buttermilk pancakes for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost and gently warm up in a frying pan.
  • Buttermilk Pancakes with Self Raising Flour will give the pancakes a great rise and look beautiful as a stack.
  • If you are making a lot you can place the pancakes on a warmed plate and cover them with a clean teatowel until you are ready to eat them.

Nutrition

Calories: 622kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 12gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 376mgPotassium: 208mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1250IUCalcium: 113mgIron: 3mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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12 Comments

  • Sandhya S

    February 8, 2022 at 11:35 am

    5 stars
    Using Self rasing flour in pancakes actually is a clever idea in using fewer ingredients from the pantry. These are Fantastic!

    1. Sew White

      February 9, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      You are right and no matter how much I try to have all types of flours I seem to always be running out of them. Anything to make tasty food easier gets my vote.

  • Gina

    March 9, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    5 stars
    I never thought about using the self-raising flour until I saw this! It made the most perfect stack of pancakes! So fluffy and delicious definitely my go-to pancake recipe from now on!

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them Gina <3 thank you for leaving a comment

  • Tracy

    March 9, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    5 stars
    Talk about a life-saving recipe! This is so great, thank you! My kids loved this and I loved not having to use baking soda and the self-rising flour I’ve had in the pantry!

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      That is brilliant. I love how SR flour makes life a little easier sometimes!

  • Natalie

    March 9, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, the pancakes look really fluffy. What a great idea to use self-raising flour. I’m going to try this recipe for sure.

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      I really hope you enjoy them!

  • Pam

    March 9, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    5 stars
    We always keep self-rising flour on hand because it just takes a step out of so many ingredients. The pancakes were perfect!

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them. They are my favourite for breakfast at the moment.

  • Michelle

    March 9, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never made pancakes with self rising flour before! Your compote topping looks delish.

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      I hope you’ve been converted!

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