Best Basic Pancake Recipe
For years, I used a box mix to make pancakes. It was easy — just add water (and maybe an egg, depending on the fanciness of the mix) and pour the batter on the griddle. Then the internet came along and showed me that I could make pancakes from scratch and at a fraction of the cost of a mix.
And, surprise! The pancakes actually taste better.
First, we must master the basic pancake. And while whipping up a batch takes no time at all, there are some rules to pancake creation to make sure your pancakes turn out fluffy and delicious every time:
Make sure your ingredients are fresh. For instance, your baking powder should be less than 6 months old.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls and then combine them right before you’re ready to start cooking.
Don’t overmix your batter, as stirring too much will make your pancakes chewy instead of fluffy. Leave the lumps. The streaks of flour will even out during cooking.
Don’t mix your chocolate chips or berries into the batter. Instead, add them one at a time right after you pour the batter. This will make sure they are in the center of the pancake.
Wait to flip your pancake until the batter bubbles actually pop and the bottom is golden brown.
Don’t pat your pancakes! Leave them alone while cooking. I’m still trying to teach this to my young kitchen helpers that love to smack the tops of cooking pancakes.
I’ve also found that the right supplies will make the pancake making job easier. Here’s what we have in our home:
A large electric griddle — we eat a lot of pancakes during a meal, and nothing is more annoying than everyone waiting for 6 pancakes to cook at a time. We have moved to a giant electric griddle and can now crank out tons of cakes in minimal time.
Batter Spoons — I don’t know how I did life before these spoons. Now I get the same sized pancakes and not near the mess. These spoons are also perfect for pouring cake batter into cupcake pans. They’re also awesome sand box scoops.
Real Maple Syrup — This beats the high fructose stuff every time. You can get a “good deal” at WinCo, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Amazon, but understand that it’s spendy compared to the regular stuff. And totally worth it.
Once you have the pancake rules down and supplies in hand, it’s time to master a basic pancake recipe. Tweak it to suit your taste and then start adding chocolate chips, berries, flax seed, nuts, and other ingredients to jazz things up.
The BEST Basic Pancake Recipe
Makes 8-12 pancakes
*Small t. = teaspoon, large T. = tablespoon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
2-3 T. white sugar
1/2 t. salt
1.5 cups milk (if batter is too thick, add a little extra milk to thin)
2 t. vanilla
2 T. melted butter, vegetable oil or coconut oil + more for cooking
- Preheat a griddle. If you’re using an electric griddle, preheat to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Mix well.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter/oil. Stir to combine. Remember, don’t overmix!
- On a hot griddle, add butter to coat pan to keep pancakes from sticking.
- Pour batter onto hot griddle, about 1/2 cup per pancake. More or less depending on the size you prefer. Let cook about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to pop on the batter, and edges are brown. Flip pancake and cook other side for about 2 minutes.
- Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.
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