The best sour cream pancakes

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What is more budget-friendly than a good ‘ol pancake breakfast (or lunch, or dinner)? I came across a couple sour cream pancake recipes lately, and I was intrigued. What was so special about these (imagine me air-quoting) “sour cream pancakes”? We decided to find out for ourselves, so one morning—one glorious, happy, sweet morning—I made two batches of sour cream pancakes to compare. Neither recipe was perfect, so we created a hybrid of the two. We call them “Prius Pancakes”. Just kidding. Click through to behold what we believe is the best sour cream pancake recipe ever.

The first recipe was The Pioneer Woman‘s “Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes“. They were great, of course, but not quite what we were looking for because they were a little flat and pretty sweet. The second recipe was one from… well, I don’t know where. It was one of those random recipes I had scrawled out and then tucked in a cookbook. They turned out fluffier and thicker but with less (or no) flavor. I took the best of both recipes make a version we preferred. So here it is, the best sour cream pancake recipe. No offense, Ree—you’re still my inspiration.

The Best Sour Cream Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4
  • ¾ c sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ½ c milk
  1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. In separate bowl combine sour cream, milk, vanilla. In a third large bowl beat eggs at a high speed until fluffy. Alternately blend flour mixture and sour cream mixture into eggs at low speed. Do not over mix. Cook on griddle at medium heat.

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  • Jane Sasser
    September 12, 2012

    I know you aren’t a fan of yogurt, but nonfat Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream almost anywhere you’d want to use it. It has a similar taste and texture, but it’s much better for you (and lower calorie). I have the men at my house eating it with their Mexican food now.

    • Evelyn
      September 13, 2012

      Thanks for sharing this tip, Jane! You’re right… although yogurt isn’t my snack of choice, it is still a household staple. I use it as a sub for sour cream and keep it on hand for the littles– Asher loves plain yogurt with honey in it. I also find that if I eat some yogurt each day, it helps to keep diaper rashes at bay for Levi. 🙂

  • George Rennich
    September 16, 2012

    I made this for dinner tonight, with sour cream and only two bowls. The guys said they liked that the pancakes weren’t dry. We give you an “A.”

    • Evelyn
      September 16, 2012

      So glad to hear the guys liked the pancakes! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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