Why flip a hundred pancakes when you could make one giant one?? You are going to love this Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake! All the things you love about pancakes, way less effort. The perfect breakfast for a crowd!

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

So I finally broke down and got a Costco card a few days ago. I’ve avoided it for years because going to the grocery store is bad enough, and Costco is pretty much like a grocery store on steroids. All my decision-making abilities go out the window.

Do I really need 4 pounds of Nutella? Why yes, yes I think I do. 4 pounds of grapes. 2 pounds of hummus. I got home and my husband just holds up the hummus and says, really? 2 pounds?

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

Yes, I need ALL THE FOOD.

Costco turns me into a crazy person. “We’ll eat it eventually!” becomes my mantra, as I shove 6 pounds of spinach into my overflowing cart. Really Karen? You could not even be paid to eat that much spinach. Good thing we have a huge freezer. Oh wait…

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

You know how they check your receipt when you walk out of the store? The guy glances at my receipt, eyes my cart, and says, “Two times on the butta?” (I swear he said butta)

Wait, what? Are you really questioning my decision to buy 8 POUNDS OF BUTTER? This is TOTALLY NORMAL COSTCO BEHAVIOR STOP JUDGING ME. Then I realized he was just checking to make sure I hadn’t accidentally been charged twice. What a guy. Thanks dude. Yeah, I’ll take all 8 pounds please.

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

And what is it with people waiting for parking spots? My spot was not even that close to the store, but I had two different people try to wait. I’m muscling 5 pounds of shredded mozzarella into my trunk with two kids that I still have to put in their carseats…are they seriously honking at me to hurry up??

Oh, no, they’re just trying to alert me that my children are hurtling down the center of the parking lot, helplessly strapped in the cart. Charlotte and Truman look at me with fear and abandonment in their eyes as I chase after them, unsuccessfully trying not to laugh. Would you believe both cars had to honk, because I let my kids roll away in a cart two times in as many minutes? I’m telling you, Costco brings out the crazy in me. Or maybe just the neglectful mother.

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

There is this one Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin wants pancakes but doesn’t want to go to the effort of making them. So he pours all the batter in one pan so that he and Hobbes can split a giant pancake in half. This kid was ON to something. Deep dish pancakes! It’s genius! I mean, we stack them anyway right? Why not just skip the monotonous flipping part?

Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

This cake is really rich and moist. The fruit in the cake helps keep it from drying out in the oven. I like to eat it with this Fresh Strawberry Topping that I posted earlier this week:

Fresh Strawberry Topping

But you could use any compote you want. You would not believe how fast this cake comes together, and that’s even making it from scratch. A box mix it will go even faster. Next time I think I’m going to 1 1/2 the recipe to make it even thicker. The more batter you use the more pancakes in your “stack.”

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Why flip a hundred pancakes when you could make one giant one?? You are going to love this Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake! All the things you love about pancakes, way less effort. The perfect breakfast for a crowd!


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 recipe Fresh Strawberry Topping
  • butter, syrup, whipped cream, to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl beat the buttermilk and the eggs until smooth. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture and melted butter; mix until combined.
  • Grease a 10 or 11 inch cast iron skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet.
  • Spoon 1 cup of the strawberry topping evenly over the batter, than swirl it together with the spoon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve hot with the remaining Strawberry Topping, butter, syrup, and whipped cream, if you want.


If you don't have a cast iron skillet you can do this in a 9 inch round cake pan or a 9 inch square pan. You will have to bake it a little longer, just do a toothpick test to see when it's done.
*You can use any compote you like. Pie filling works too. Stir in 1 cup and use the rest for topping.
You can also use any pancake recipe you want. The boxed mixes work fine. This recipe makes about 3 cups of batter; if you use more or less, adjust the baking time.
Source: inspired by Oh Bite It


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 231
Keyword: Buttermilk, Buttermilk Pancake, Deep Dish, Pancakes
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  1. 5 stars
    I had extra buttermilk from your cornbread recipe and searched your blog to see what other goodness I could make. I kept the theme by choosing something in a cast iron pan. I decided to do a blueberry/sugar/cinnamon compote on top instead of strawberries. This recipe definitely slaps! Don’t tell anyone, but I think I ate all of it in one sitting haha.

    1. Well, it’s one pancake, so that’s like one serving, right? 😂 Glad you loved it Nate thanks for reviewing!!

  2. Going to try this tonight. However I missed the fresh strawberry season by a couple of weeks here in MI, however rasberries are here now so going to sub the rasberries for the strawberries. That is if I can trust my son to get the correct items at the grocery store. Everytime he goes with my list he gets something wrong. Still love him and thankful a grocery store is only a couple of blocks away to send him back for the correct item. Will let you know how it turns out.

  3. Stumbled onto your site and would like to try these skillet pancakes. I’m partially disabled and still love to cook, but have limitations on how much and how long I can be in the kitchen. So this method would be ideal for me. I do have a question for you though. You mentioned you were going to one and a half times this. My 21 year old son lives with me and he could easily eat a whole one himself. So would have to increase the amount. But to increase by one half how do you split the one egg into 2?

    1. Hi Carol! If you want to 1 1/2 this recipe, use one egg plus one egg yolk. Or make it really easy and double the recipe. Just make sure you bake it longer! Let me know how it goes Carol!

  4. My husband says we can retire anywhere in the world…as long as there is a Costco within 30 minutes. Enough said.

  5. My husband and I belong to BJ’s Wholesale Club. We can’t buy everything because it’s just the 2 of us, but they do have some great things that save us quite a bit of money, like paper towels and the ever important big bags of chocolate chips. ;)
    Deep dish pancakes are a brilliant idea! It looks like heaven for breakfast. :)

  6. Omg stop it. STOP. IT. First of all, I LOVE Costco and I cook for a household of one. I mean, I foist extra baked goods off on my roommate and boyfriend sometimes, but I still go to Costco probably once a month and stock.up. on ALL the spinach, Greek yogurt and frozen fruit. Cannot beat their prices, especially for organic stuff. But yes, I feel you on the feeling like a crazy person in there. I always want to buy EVERYTHING but what can I do with four loaves of bread? Let them get moldy is what would happen. Your children in the cart rolling away? I was DYING.

    Okay NOW: this pancake is like my ultimate dream. I secretly love pancakes because they are pretty much the closest thing to cake that I can eat for breakfast! (Aside from, you know, cake). But this pancake…new levels. It looks JUST LIKE CAKE! MAKING THIS.

  7. I love Costco and we don’t have one where I live. Breaks my heart. Did you try their pizza? I used to eat it like, three times a week. Not kidding. Love that first shot with the drizzling syrup! This looks SO good!

    1. That’s a bummer Kayley! How are you going to buy entire flats of mangos with no Costco?? :) And yes I have tried their pizza it’s legit.

  8. Your post made me laugh so much! And I love that you got your inspiration from Calvin & Hobbs :)

    1. Thanks Mariana! Calvin and Hobbes is the BEST! I swear I could probably find a banner strip for every single post I write. Love it.

  9. Ermagawd I’m dying over the mental image of your kids rolling away twice and you having to be alerted by the kind, observant drivers. I don’t blame you at all. This is the power of Costco. There’s something in the air, I swear. How else do you explain why I’ll run in for one item and come out with at least $200 worth of stuff, every.single.time. You’re brilliant for taking a cue from Calvin & Hobbes (one of my fave comics ever). This deep dish pancake looks amazing, so fluffy and moist inside! I love the strawberry compote over top. I’ll pin it when I get home from work (cause it’s banned on my internet…pffffffft! <– sound of disgust).

    1. I don’t even know how you get through the day Nancy. No pinning? What if you see something awesome AND THEN YOU FORGET ABOUT IT? I can feel my life crashing around me just thinking about it. :)

  10. Hi,
    I am with you on Costco. I like buying bulk but when it comes to food I feel like how can we eat all that food before they go bad.
    This pancake looks incredible and from what I understand easy to put together. Sounds like a great Sunday morning breakfast.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my word – this is definitely a must make. We’re a pancake for life family and I can’t even tell you how much I love this version. Seriously such a genius idea! And your Costco story? It is scary how much I can relate :)). Thanks for making me smile every time I stop by!!

    1. You are so sweet for saying that Kathi! Even if you and me are the only ones giggling it would be worth it :)

  12. Karen,
    I’m new to your site – just discovered it today! I am cracking up at your Costco story!
    Also, totally drooling over this pancake and that fresh strawberry topping! I totally need to make that topping and am going to try to make a gluten-free version of this pancake soon too.
    I’m adding you to my blog reader and just gave you a like on Facebook. I’m going to go look around your site and Pin away now! ~Michelle

    1. No way dude. You’ve told me about your maple-syrup-with fruit aversion before, but I think you are the crazy one here. Also, for anyone else reading this, this guy doesn’t even like soup, so…who you gonna trust here? :)

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