Pancakes are pretty easy to make. But with this recipe, I’ve got a few tips and tricks for you to make sure your pancakes are the fluffiest and tastiest stack. Read this article of Apronese to see how to make homemade pancakes.
What are Pancakes Made Of?
For pancake batter, you only need a few basic pantry staples: milk, butter, egg, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. I also add a little vanilla extract for a little more depth of flavor.
It only takes minutes for the batter to mix together.
What Makes a Pancake Fluffy?
FYI, baking powder is responsible for leavening the pancake, but other ingredients and techniques will affect how well the baking powder works.
You can follow a few tips below to make sure your pancakes are extra soft and fluffy:
- Make sure your baking powder is fresh.
- Don’t over stir the batter.
- Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after mixing to allow the flour to fully hydrate and the remaining lumps to soften without the need for more stirring.
- The batter should be thick, but still pourable. If the batter is too runny, your pancakes will be thin. If the batter is too thick, the pancakes can turn out slightly dry.
Pancake Topping Options
There are so many options for pancakes that you can choose to top on your dish.
- Jam or jelly
- Peanut or almond butter
- Lemon curd
- Powdered sugar
- Fresh fruit
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
- Hot buttered apples
How to Make Homemade Pancakes
This easy homemade pancake recipe makes the most delicious and fluffy stack of pancakes for a cozy weekend breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 20 mins / Resting Time: 15 mins / Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4 (2 pancakes each)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.07)
- 1.5 tsp baking powder ($0.03)
- 1/2 tsp salt ($0.03)
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp warm milk ($0.02)
- 2 tbsp melted butter ($0.20)
- 1 large egg ($0.21)
- 2 tbsp sugar ($0.02)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
- 4 tsp cooking oil ($0.05)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The mixture should be thick, but still pourable, and a little bit lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium. Once hot add enough cooking oil to coat the surface (I use about 1/2 tsp per pancake). Add the pancake batter to the hot griddle, 1/4 cup at a time. Use the back of the measuring cup to spread the batter into a 4.5-inch diameter circle.
- Cook the pancakes until bubbles form over the surface and begin to pop, the edges of the pancakes look dry, and the bottom is golden brown (about 60 seconds). Flip the pancakes and cook on the second side until golden brown (about 30 seconds).
- Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet between batches or as needed, until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Keep the pancakes warm on a plate under a towel or in a warm oven until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Serve warm with your favorite toppings!
3/4 cup of milk makes a super thick batter, but aslightly dry pancake. One cup of milk makes a thinner batter and pancakes that are not quite as thick and fluffy. 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp milk made perfectly thick and fluffy pancakes.
You can adjust the milk to make the batter the consistency that you prefer. Using slightly warm milk helps the butter stay melted, which allows it to incorporate evenly into the batter.
Serving: 2 pancakes ・ Calories: 279 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 33 g ・ Protein: 7 g ・ Fat: 13 g ・ Sodium: 536 mg ・ Fiber: 1 g
The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.
How to Make Homemade Pancakes – Step-by-step Photos
Step 1: Whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup warm milk, 2 tbsp melted butter, 1 large egg, 2 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.
Step 4: Stir just until there is no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. It’s okay if there are a few lumps left in the batter, just make sure to not over stir. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
Step 5: The pancake batter should be thick, but still pourable. If the batter is thin, the pancakes will be thin. Thicker batter will make thicker pancakes. But if the batter is too thick the pancakes can be a bit dry.
So add a touch more milk, if needed, to make the batter thick but pourable.
Step 6: Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, brush some cooking oil over the surface.
Step 7: Scoop 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet and use the measuring cup to spread it out into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter).
Cook the pancakes until the surface are covered in bubbles and some of them have burst open. You can cook multiple pancakes at once.
Step 8: Flip the pancake and cook until golden brown on the second side. You may need to adjust the heat up or down as you cook the pancakes to maintain even cooking.
Step 9: Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet in batches, until all the pancakes are cooked.
Place the pancakes on a plate and cover with a clean dish towel to keep warm as you cook the rest of the batch.
Step 10: Enjoy the pancakes with your favorite toppings.
And that’s all for the homemade pancakes recipe. Follow the steps and tips that are mentioned in this article to have the fluffiest and tastiest pancakes. If you have other recipes for making pancakes, leave a comment below to share with us. And don’t forget to come back to Apronese for more recipes.