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Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup

November 13, 2014


5 from 1 vote

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Writing about maple syrup last weekend, and the fall season in general, put maple on my mind. This bourbon maple syrup is fun twist on brunch, and there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend (or almost weekend!) than with buttermilk pancakes and bacon 🙂

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - 2Teaspoons

If you need to refresh your syrup supply, remember that grade B syrup is darker and tends to have more flavor than grade A. The addition of bourbon is, of course, optional, but fun and makes for interesting table conversation. If you are sensitive to the taste, add a little bourbon at a time until you reach a flavor you are comfortable with. Whether you include the bourbon or not, I always recommend warming the syrup before serving. The warm syrup will soak into the pancakes better and keep the pancakes warm on the plate.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - 2Teaspoons

I don’t use buttermilk regularly enough to keep it on hand. A useful trick to make buttermilk is to add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons of milk. Let it sit for a few minutes and you have an easy, buttermilk substitute. No trip to the store required.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - 2Teaspoons

If you have a little extra time bacon is always a welcome addition, and can cook while you prepare the pancakes. I prefer to cook my bacon in the oven. I lay the bacon strips in a single layer across a roasting pan (or wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet) and place in a 350 degree oven until crispy, about 30-45 minutes. It comes out crispy and you don’t have to dodge spattering grease every time you stir the bacon like you do when using a skillet. Those tiny grease spatters are surprisingly stingy.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - 2Teaspoons

If you like, you can also make you own pancake-mix by combining the dry ingredients and storing them in a sealed container. As an added holiday bonus, place the dry mix in pretty jar, wrap it up with a bottle of nice maple syrup and you have a great gift!

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - 2Teaspoons

Buttermilk Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup

5 from 1 vote
Fluffy homemade buttermilk pancakes covered in rich bourbon maple syrup
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 -6
Author 2Teaspoons


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk*
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Bourbon Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cups maple syrup I used grade b
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Beat eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Pour buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter over dry ingredients and gently stir with a spoon or whisk, being careful not to over-stir the batter. The batter will be lumpy and bubbly at this point.
  3. Heat griddle or skillet on medium-low with plenty of butter. Test if the griddle is hot by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the surface. If the drops sizzle the griddle is hot.
  4. Once griddle is hot and the butter is melted, scoop ¼ cup batter onto the griddle leaving about 2 inches between each pancake. Cook pancakes until the batter starts to bubble and edges firm up, about 3 minutes. Gentle flip and cook until other side is also golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all your batter is cooked into pancakes. You can keep your pancakes warm in an oven-proof dish in a low temperature oven.
  1. In small saucepan melt butter on low. Add maple syrup and stir to combine. Slowly add in the bourbon to taste. Add a pinch of salt, stir and serve warm!

Recipe Notes

*Buttermilk can be made with white vinegar and milk: Combine 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons of milk with 2 tablespoons white vinegar, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes.


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  1. Avatar for Jessica | A Happy Food Dance

    Jessica | A Happy Food Dance

    These pancakes look incredible – plus there’s bourbon. SOLD!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Jessica! The bourbon definitely sealed the deal for me too 🙂

  2. Avatar for Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Bourbon + maple syrup is basically the best thing ever! YUM! Great photos, Karen!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Liz! It totally brought brunch to a new level of deliciousness 🙂

  3. Avatar for Kate @

    Kate @

    5 stars
    Yummy! I recently wondered whether it would be a good idea to add a touch of bourbon into the french toast mixture before dipping the bread, but this sounds like a better idea! The salt especially is a nice tough, I bet.

    I’ve never heard of powdered buttermilk that Mary mentions (going to look into it!), but I always make “buttermilk” with vinegar or lemon juice in milk – just enough for pancakes and no carton of spoiled leftover buttermilk to be found in the fridge weeks later.

    • Avatar for Karen


      The bourbon maple combination is definitely a win-win Kate! I love your French toast idea – I bet it’s delicious and you could always cover it in bourbon maple syrup too 🙂

  4. Avatar for Mary


    I recently discovered powdered buttermilk and it’s great. I also don’t use it often so getting the carten and having it go bad was so wasteful, but with powdered I can make just what I need.

    • Avatar for Karen


      Powdered buttermilk! That’s fantastic! I had no idea it even existed, but now I’ll definitely be on the lookout – thanks for sharing the great tip Mary 🙂

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