Classic Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Infused Maple Syrup

The one pancake recipe you’ll ever need to make light, fluffy pancakes. Top them with a drizzle of this warm orange-flavored maple syrup for an ideal way to start your day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large orange, (zest of)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Softened unsalted butter, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  2. Warm the maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange zest. Keep warm.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just blended.
  4. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium heat. For each pancake, pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle. Cook until the tops are covered with small bubbles and the edges seem set, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer pancakes to a large baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter.
  5. To serve, divide pancakes among 4 plates and top each with butter if desired and 1/4 cup maple syrup.