‘Something’s gotta give’ pancakes

Whenever I make pancakes, I always think of my favourite ‘pancake’ movie scene in ‘Something’s gotta give’ with Diane Keaton. She makes late-night pancakes in her smashing kitchen with Jack Nicholson, and it’s simply a perfect moment. So here’s my ‘Something’s gotta give’ pancake recipe. This is always a real treat and the kids love it when I stack the pancakes like a tower and pour the maple syrup before serving. The buttermilk is the key ingredient to make the pancakes extra fluffy and tasty, but I admit it’s not always easy to get it. So should you be out of buttermilk, here’s a tip on how to make it: (for 500 ml) mix 500 ml full-cream milk and juice of a small lemon. Shake well and leave to stand for 15 minutes. I love cooking with buttermilk, and it has become one of my favourite ingredients for marinating chicken.

Ingredients for pancakes (makes about 25)

400 grs all-purpose flour
40 grs white sugar
10 grs baking powder
700 ml buttermilk
100 ml milk
3 eggs
60 grs butter, melted
a pinch of salt

15 grs butter (for frying)
Berries for garnishing

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix the eggs with the buttermilk, milk and melted butter. When you are ready to make the pancakes, mix all the ingredients together and stir well. Please not that the thicker you batter is, the thicker your pancakes will be. If you prefer finer pancakes, the batter should be smoother. You can decide with how much milk you add.
Heat a skillet or large frying pan with a small cube of butter. Scoop one ladle of batter to make a round pancake (I do about 3 in my pan). When you start seeing bubbles forming (about 2 minutes) flip over. Pancake should be golden brown. Serve hot with maple syrup and berries.

If you want to make banana or blueberry pancakes, simply add in the batter.

16 thoughts on “‘Something’s gotta give’ pancakes

  1. Loved this film {Hamptons have a piece of my heart}…….and especially that kitchen! Sort of tried to design ours in that same spirit when we built our home here in Ireland…great recipe, thanks Mimi xx

  2. Love your blog! Just found it through a friend. Is there any way to get the recipes in lbs and ounces and not grams and ml’s?


  3. Something’s Gotta Give is one of my favorite all-time movies…from the love to the atmosphere to the decor…sharing pancakes with anyone is a treat!

  4. I so appreciate this close-up picture, as these pancakes look like my great-aunt’s did, and we never saw a recipe and couldn’t locate one after she died. Will try Christmas week to see, thank you!

  5. Hi Mimi, I found your blog recently and today I made this pancakes for breakfast, they are absolutely delisious, I’m living in France too, what is the product for butermilk here? I used cream instead and they were great. xoxo

  6. This reminds me of It’s Complicated when Meryl Streep makes lavender icecream in the middle of the night in her equally beautiful kitchen.
    Inspiring blog for someone who’s afraid of cooking. Thank you ❤️

  7. Hi Mimi, I’ve discovered you through Cuisine +, love your work. Your book is also wonderful.
    I read your blog each month but these days I wanted to start from the begining.
    About buttermilk which appears in many anglo saxon recipes and impossible to find in France, I use lait ribot instead, with the same result, according to my french eye!
    Maybe you’ve already tried it…

  8. Mimi– I want to thank you for the beauty of your site, the artistry of your photography, and the high level of deliciousness in your recipes. You are an artist at living. How lovely. Just found your blog today and am hooked. Merci!

  9. Hi Mimi. When you measure your ingredients for this recipe, do you use weight or volume measurements? Can you provide conversion for your ingredients?

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