Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancakes

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Posted on Aug 8 2014 - 1:00am by Kat
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Kids in the KitchenWelcome to Kids in the Kitchen, where we “Embrace the Mess, Encourage Success, and Equip for Life”! I’m so excited to have you join me on this journey as I embark on teaching my boys not only how to cook, but also to have fun in the process. Don’t tell my boys this, but I’m also thrilled about both the educational aspect and life skills they’ll be learning!

Each month I’ll be sharing with you our journey through a recipe, which will be offered as a FREE printable download for you to experience with your own kids. To kick start the series with some extra fun, this month I’m offering a giveaway of a FREE personalized apron! Make sure to read all the way through to access your FREE printable download and enter the giveaway.

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Before we get started, I have a confession to make. I have 3 boys: a 14-year old and 8-year old twins. My oldest wanted to “help” in the kitchen from a young age. When he was in 4th grade, I signed him up for a homeschool co-op that was all about cooking skills and he would come home begging to make the recipes he learned (he especially loved the homemade bread). But unfortunately, I was one of those moms. You know the type who hovers and worries and obsesses about the mess about to happen and ultimately just ends up stepping in and doing it herself.

It’s taken time, patience and lots of self-talks, but I’m finally coming around and teaching myself that it’s OKAY to embrace the mess! There’s no manual that comes with motherhood and just as our kids are learning daily, so are we. So whether you’re one those moms as I just described (we can recover together!) or are the free-spirited mom or somewhere in between, I invite you to join me on this journey of embracing the mess in the kitchen … encouraging our kids success … and equipping them with the valuable life skill of cooking!

Meet the Chefs:

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancakes

For this first edition of Kids in the Kitchen, I chose to use my 94-year old Grandma’s buttermilk pancake recipe. As a child, I have many fond memories of her yummy pancakes, which she faithfully made every Sunday morning. She never used a recipe and in fact didn’t even measure anything … she had made these for so many years that she knew just the right amount of everything to add. I would indulge in the yummy deliciousness of her pancakes to my heart’s content. Several years ago I knew that I had to learn how to make them myself, so my mom and I worked with her to figure out all of the measurements and document the recipe. My children absolutely love when I make Grandma’s buttermilk pancakes and were so excited when I told them that they’d get to learn how!

This is my sweet Grandma (picture taken at Easter, back in 2012). Isn’t she beautiful?

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

First and foremost, wash your hands. I know this is a no-brainer, but definitely something to model and require of all little chefs as they enter the kitchen. Next, gather all of your ingredients. The blueberries and chocolate chips are optional add-ins. Chef Joshua and I personally love blueberry pancakes, while Chef Noah prefers his with chocolate chips. Of course, the pancakes are perfectly delicious even without any add-ins!

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Place your pan or griddle on the stove and set on medium – medium high heat. For my stove, medium works perfectly, but if your stove doesn’t run as hot, then you may need to choose medium high. Lightly spray your pan/griddle with cooking spray.

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Carefully measure your flour and add it to the bowl. Chef Noah found it a little tricky learning how to level off the flour, but wouldn’t give up. Next measure and add the salt.

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Measure and add in the baking powder and baking soda. It goes without saying that cooking, especially baking, requires lots of measuring. Perfect homeschool math lessons integrated into real life!

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Next add the eggs and buttermilk. Confession time again: teaching my kids to crack an egg used to actually be a stressful task to me! I worried about exploding eggs, eggshells where they didn’t belong, and the mess. Looking back, I see how silly and counter-productive this was and am so thankful for grace and learning to just let go and let them do it. In fact, cracking an egg is one of Chef Joshua’s favorite things to do!

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Now it’s time to stir it all together. If you make the recipe as is (you’ll find the free printable recipe later in this post), then your child will probably be able to mix it all together themselves. However, I have 3 growing boys who are eating me out of house and home, so I have to double the recipe to feed us all. So, I did need to help the twins with the stirring to make sure it was all thoroughly mixed together (after they both had their fun, I mean turns, stirring).

Remember when I mentioned above how all this measuring is great for homeschool math? Well, if you have to double the recipe like we do, then you have yet another real-life math lesson integrated into your cooking fun!

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Pour your pancake batter onto warm pan/griddle (batter will spread) to desired size. Make sure you don’t make them too big, or it will be difficult to flip them! If you are including any optional ingredients (blueberries, chocolate chips, etc.), sprinkle them directly onto your pancake. When your pancake is bubbly all over and slightly dry around the edges, it’s time to flip. Once flipped, it will only take a minute or so for the other side to finish cooking to a beautiful golden brown.

Note: I had to help the twins with pouring the batter and with the pancake flipping.

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Serve with your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy! Chef Joshua prefers his with real maple syrup, while Chef Noah enjoys his the way I do, with a little bit of butter and sugar (just the way my Grandma taught me). Yummy!!!

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Click the link below to download a copy of my Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancake recipe for FREE!  

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Kids in the Kitchen – Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Personalized Apron Giveaway

Kids in the Kitchen: Grandma's Buttermilk Pancakes

Now it’s time for the giveaway! Did you notice the personalized aprons that the twins wore so proudly? My mom graciously sewed them for them (she’s an awesome seamstress!) and a dear family friend did the embroidery. They were so excited to have their very own apron to use when we cook. To share the love and kick start our Kids in the Kitchen journey, one lucky winner will receive a personalized apron in color combo of choice (red with blue trim or blue with red trim). Enter below for your chance to win a personalized apron for your family!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prize will be issued by Kat Reader of World for Learning. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Thank you so much for joining me for this month’s Kids in the Kitchen! What are you looking forward to learning and experiencing with your kids in the kitchen?


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  • Okay I just LOVE this post. I miss buttermilk pancakes since our are now Glutten Free and Dairy Free. I love the aprons as well.

    • Kat

      Thank you so much Cassie! These are my absolute favorite homemade breakfast food 🙂 I can only imagine what all I’d have to cut out to be gluten and dairy free … I’m thinking I’d have the hardest time without my dairy!

  • Confession time: I am TERRIBLE at making pancakes from scratch! I usually make pancake muffins instead…lol. But this recipe looks so good that I’m going to try it!

    • Kat

      Too funny Selena! When I shared this post with my cousin, that’s the exact same thing she told me!! If you do try the recipe, I’d love to know how they turn out. 🙂 I think the hardest thing is getting the temperature just right so that they cook evenly (not too hot, not too cool). Thanks for sharing!

  • I love seeing kids being active in the kitchen!

    • Kat

      I’m really enjoying the relationship building as we work together in the kitchen! Not only are they learning valuable life skills, but we get to have fun and enjoy time with each other. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Your boys are so cute! I love the story and the pancakes look yummy!

    • Kat

      Thank you Pam! I’m a little biased, but I think they’re cute too 😉 And I have loved these very pancakes since I was a little girl. We’ve already made them again since I wrote this post and if I weren’t out of buttermilk, I’m sure the twins would be begging for them in the morning!

  • Cooking with kids is a definitely worth the effort! Looks like your boys had a blast!

    • Kat

      I agree, Melissa! It’s a win-win for everyone. 😉 Yes, they had so much fun and since then have been enjoying more and more time helping in the kitchen.

  • Sounds delicious! Love their aprons <3

    • Kat

      Thanks, Amanda! It’s so cute how proud they are of those aprons. 😉

  • Pancakes are one of my most favorite foods! I have a stash of different recipes and am happy to add this one to my collection! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

    • Kat

      Yea, someone else who loves pancakes as much as I do! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. And I would love to check out some of your pancake recipe stash! 😉

  • Those boys will make fabulous husbands one day! I wish my MIL had taught my hubby to cook – we will definitely be teaching our son!

    • Kat

      Ahhh, thank you Clare! I certainly hope so. 🙂 I really have been enjoying having my boys in the kitchen. It warms my heart to hear them talk about how proud of themselves they are when they accomplish something new. It’s definitely a journey you’ll cherish as you teach your son. 🙂

  • Kids love creating in the kitchen and its awesome to teach them how to cook from scratch!

    • Kat

      You’re so right, Becca! Great life skills, creativity and fun, and relationship building. 🙂

  • i love cooking with my grand kids, its so much fun

  • My goodness this is such an adorable post. I am also terrible at making pancakes from scratch. I have to use the mixes to help me. I love to make Pancake Puffs a lot.

    This is such a heartwarming post!

    • Kat

      Thank you so much, Crystal! Pancakes can definitely be a little bit tricky/finicky sometimes. I’ve been fortunate with my Grandma’s recipe, but find sometimes the trickiest part can be getting the pan to just the right temperature. I’d love to try a pancake puff!

  • my boys love to help in the kitchen any way they can…pancakes are their favorite!

  • Of course i like to teach them to cook and eat healthy but having fun and spending time together is allways important

    • Kat

      You are so right, Lula. It all ties together. 🙂

  • Jenny Q.

    I love cooking with my daughter, it is amazing that she is more likely to try a new recipe if she has helped make it and even more so if she picked out the recipe.

    • Kat

      That is so true, Jenny! Chef Noah is my pickier eater, but he is much more willing to try new foods if he chooses the recipe and/or helps make it.

  • I am definitely looking forward to teaching my son more cooking skills – so far he’s made fajitas and spaghetti dinners

    • Kat

      Yum … fajitas!! That’s an awesome start 🙂

  • aprila

    teaching them how to make some of their favorite foods

  • tammy cordery

    My son would flip if I won this. He would love to have this apron with Chef Patrick on it. We are always making pancakes with chips or with berries. Sometimes we try whole wheat. It is good with honey.

    • Kat

      Ahhh, I would love to see his happy face if you win Tammy! And what’s not to love about pancakes 😉

  • Amanda D

    My kids love to help me in the kitchen, and I know they would love an apron! We usually bake cookies together, but lately I have been letting them help with other dishes. It’s been a lot of fun having them cooking with me. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Kat

      It definitely is fun, and so rewarding for everyone 🙂 Thank you for entering and hope to see you back for next month’s Kids in the Kitchen!

  • Cindy McElwee

    Everything, I want the good along with the mistakes. Everything is fun when you do it together ♥

    • Kat

      You are so right, Cindy! In the end, it’s all about relationship building.

  • I’d just like it if the seven year old would cook *all* the pancake batter before taking a break to eat. 🙂

    • Kat

      Too funny!! That’s exactly what happened when we made these pancakes … after they each made their initial 2, they wanted to eat them right away and I got to cook the rest, lol 🙂

  • Jessica

    Looking forward to seeing the joy on my child’s face when he has helped prepare a meal for the family.

    • Kat

      It really is a heart-warming experience. My Chef Joshie has taken most to being my helper in the kitchen and I absolutely LOVE hearing him excitedly tell me how proud of himself he is.

  • Becky Fisher

    To grow their love for cooking and baking like I do.

  • Alicia C

    I’m an Alton Brown fan – I absolutley love the science side to baking and cooking. I cannot wait to share these concepts (along with readin, math, home ec, etc!) with my kindergartner as we make some of his favorite foods.

  • Shannon F

    My daughter is only two so she loves helping in any way she can. I love baking so I cant wait til she can really start to help with it. Right now she dumps the measuring cups and stuff for me but I cant wait til she starts to strike out on her own and measure and read recipes!

  • Cassie Hayes

    I am looking forward to see what flavor combos she creates. She already has a wide arrange of palate flavors she loves. Will be very creative and encouraged.

  • I hope to encourage my children to get creative in the kitchen and to be great little chefs 😉

  • Jennifer

    I’m looking forward to teaching my kids to cook and bake using some old family recipes that have been passed down generations.

  • Emily Smith

    My youngest son shows a lot of interest in cooking. I can’t wait until he’s old enough for me to share family recipes with him.

  • Yolanda Scott

    I like the idea of baking with my kids. Something going into the oven liquid and then coming out edible!

  • Sharon Howard

    I have been teaching my sons to cook different kinds of meals and right now we are doing pancakes with bacon inside.

  • Nancy

    I look forward to baking bread with our granddaughter.

  • Dorrie Turner

    Just spending the quality time creating together, and her learning a skill.

  • I love cooking with my kids. WE love learning about different kinds of cookies to bake from all around the world

  • Dawn Monroe

    I remember making homemade popcorn balls and pulled taffy at Christmas time with my grandpa and hope to do it with my grandkids this year.

  • judy mitchell

    i already work with my girls in the kitchen and we have the basics down but now we are going to work on taking a recipe and “reinventing” it to make it our own. So thats what i am looking forward to letting them change recipes and see what they can come up with.

  • This is such a cute post! And they do look yummy! 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • I have 3 daughters, two, grown and married. My youngest daughter is 7 and autistic.
    My son, our only son, is 5. He has Aspergers and his favorite thing to do right now is watch cooking shows on YouTube.
    At first I was hesitant to have him help me (probably because of controlling issues 🙂 But, now, watching him smell the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden as he washes and helps prepare them for dinner is priceless. This summer he has tried so many different types of foods and textures. I think he would love to have a chef apron. He would wear it proud! 🙂

  • Giving my daughter wonderful memories to cherish like the ones I have with my grandma and mom. <3

  • Kelly Faber

    I am hungry for pancakes right now! MM.. When my son gets old enough, I am looking forward to him helping out in the kitchen and being interested in different foods!

  • Laura J

    Oh I am really looking forward to teaching Carter how to make things! We have just started doing a little bit! We started our own little mini garden this year…and he loves picking things with me and bringing them in and cooking with them!

  • Michelle J.

    I want to teach them about measuring!

  • liz l

    Patience- lol

  • I love the bonding with my kids. I want to teach my kids some family receipes. I love cooking and I want to pass that love on to my kids.

  • Adrianne B

    I look forward to sharing all of our family and heritage recipes with my daughter so that she may pass them down!

  • THRansom

    My daughter is now old enough to help me in the kitchen and I would love to make some cookies this fall and winter for the holidays

  • Kimberly Schotz

    My daughter loves to help in the kitchen. Bethany is developmentally delayed but it always impresses me how capable she is, especially when it comes to making something yummy.

  • Jasmine R

    Those pancakes look great! My daughter loves to help out in the kitchen. Her favorite things to help with are cookies, tortillas, and meatballs. 🙂

  • Deborah

    Want to re-enforce how fun cooking can be!

  • Jenny

    I look forward to teaching my kids our favorite recipes and watch them create their own delicious meals. 🙂

  • Fiona N

    I’m looking forward to teaching my son this recipe because we love pancakes!
    Thank You for the chance

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