Make it at Home: River Cafe's pancakes

A simple pancake recipe from one of Calgary's best restaurants

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For Calgarians, the arrival of the Calgary Stampede usually means an influx in pancake consumption too.

Pancake breakfasts have been part of the Stampede tradition for 100 years as of this Stampede, and while there are many ways to enjoy them in the city during the festival, many restaurants serve them year-round too.

The award-winning eatery River Cafe is one of those very places, offering top-notch pancakes on its weekend brunch menu. The River Cafe culinary team cooks the pancake in its wood oven, served with house-whipped butter and Gosford Maple Farm syrup.

The main takeaway here is to opt for locally-sourced flour in your region as well as some small-batch maple syrup. Trust us, you can truly taste the difference.

River Cafe's pancake recipe

480 grams buttermilk
250 grams Highwood Crossing all-purpose flour
6 grams baking powder
6 grams baking soda
3 grams salt
2 large eggs
60 grams melted unsalted butter
good quality maple syrup, for serving
whipped butter, for serving

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.

Add wet to dry, mix well to combine.

Use batter to cook as desired, Top warm pancakes with whipped butter and serve with maple syrup

(River Cafe executive chef Scott MacKenzie's pancake batter tip: If time permits, make up the night before to get them extra fluffy.)

Makes 10 pancakes
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
12-15 minutes