Old Fashioned Homemade Pancakes

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Have you ever wanted to know how to make the perfect short stack? You’re in luck, because today we are sharing our recipe for old fashioned homemade pancakes. Anybody can add water to a box of instant pancake mix. But we believe you are better than that. For those of you who want to learn how to make some good old fashioned pancakes, we have just the thing. Who says these delicious treats have to be reserved only for breakfast? These pancakes are not too thick or too thin. They’re soft, fluffy, moist, and delicious, and can be paired with just about any type of fruit, syrup or even fruit syrup, like our blueberry syrup. You could even serve a delicious fruit salad alongside of these homemade pancakes for a meal your family is sure to love!

If you’re anything like us, you’re the kind of person who goes to a mom and pop restaurant in the wee hours of the night for a breakfast special. Is there anything more fun than having pancakes and hot chocolate at midnight? With this recipe, you’ll be able to whip up these delicious treats at home in no time. Save yourself a trip to the dinner and a little bit of cash along the way. For those of you who have kids, this is a meal that even the pickiest of eaters will know and love. Who doesn’t love some fluffy pancakes?

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There comes a time when eating out becomes more of a luxury than an everyday activity. After college, you realize the need to save. Staying in doesn’t have to be boring. Cooking is what you make it. This old fashioned pancakes recipe makes it fun. When it comes to comfort food, there’s nothing quite like flapjacks topped with butter and thick maple syrup to do the trick. Whether you decide to make some buttermilk or old fashioned pancakes, or add in your own flavors for a little pzazz, this recipe has got you covered. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Do you see my chicken scratch on this piece of paper? It’s a much better idea to have this recipe on the blog than on this little piece of paper.

A Step by Step Walk Through on How to Make Some Good Old-Fashioned Pancakes

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Are you new to cooking? Don’t sweat it. We are here to walk you through the process. Here’s the good news. This recipe is simple and pain-free. Pull out a skillet and a mixing bowl and let’s get started.

First, add one (or more) cups of all-purpose flour into the bowl along with one tablespoon of sugar, three teaspoons of baking powder, and one half a teaspoon of salt.  Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Next, make sure to heat the griddle and add a non-stick spray to your frying pan.

Ozark Trail Large Cast Iron Griddle at Walmart.com

For your wet ingredients, crack one egg and add into the mix along with three-fourths a cup of milk, and about a half a stick of melted butter. Feel free to use egg whites instead of a whole egg if you would like, and add a little more butter at your discretion. Make sure to stir it into the flour mix until you have a nice thick batter. You don’t want the pancake batter to be too thick or too runny; the egg whites should bring about the right consistency for the mixture. We are going for just the right creamy consistency. Do you want your pancakes to be a little sweeter? Sprinkle some chocolate chips into the mix.

Now, you are ready to pour the batter into the hot frying pan. Cook each pancake until it is golden brown (this takes about three minutes), then flip it and cook the other side. Poke any air bubbles that come in the batter while you are cooking the pancakes.

Each pancake should take about six minutes to cook if it is a standard size. It is important to note that this batter makes about one and a half cups. Use one-fourth of a cup for each pancake; you will have six large buttermilk pancakes in total.

It’s time for the fun part – aka the toppings. Once you’ve pulled the pancakes off of the hot frying pan, add some butter on top and drizzle on pure maple syrup for that perfect, sweet finish. Add however much maple syrup you want – we won’t judge. Feel free to garnish it with powdered sugar, too (our personal favorite) and chocolate chips.

As you can see, these are so easy that the kids could even make you breakfast in bed!

Quick Tip: Make the Homemade Pancake Mix in Advance for Easy Prep

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During the busy school year or just a busy week, we often make several batches of homemade pancake mix in advance and store the dry ingredients in sealed bags. Simply mix the dry ingredients and place them in resealable bags, and write the wet ingredients that need to be added later on the bag with a Sharpie. When you’re ready, grab a bag of mixture, add the wet ingredients, and whip up some delicious old fashioned homemade pancakes for breakfast…or even dinner!

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Old Fashioned Pancakes...just like your Mom used to make. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com
Serves: 6 pancakes
Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk {a little less or a little more is fine depending on the consistency you like}
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  1. In a large measuring cup, whisk together dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix well
  3. Heat griddle and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  4. Pour batter onto hot griddle
  5. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes, flip and cook the other side
  6. Note: batter makes 1½ cups - use ¼ cup for each pancake, it will make 6 large pancakes

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  1. I’ve been looking for quality recipes to replace the mixes that I purchase. This sounds perfect!

  2. Hi, this is great. I do make pancakes quite a bit, and this is such a great idea.
    Love it. great post.

  3. This is a great idea, packaging the mix like this! Nothing like good old fashioned pancakes!

  4. What kind of oil?

  5. I made these the other day, and I really love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m wondering do you need to use Self Rising Flour? I just tried these with All Purpose and they do not look fluffy like yours in the picture.

  7. My son and i made these and added chocolate chips 🙂 absolutely amazing recipe!! We will never buy Bisquick again 🙂

  8. Made these added some nutmeg,omitted the oil was fab Ty for sharing

  9. ..what kind of milk?
    ..is it okey if I use the milk powder solution?
    ..thanks 🙂

  10. Robin Selman says

    I am a old southern girl and I miss good old fashion cooking. I came across this recipes and cant wait to try this for my family. Do you have any recipes?

  11. I think these where amazing

  12. These pancakes are amazing!! I’ve made them many times for my family. I will never use the box stuff again! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I just had them this am and wish I still had more lol

  13. Made these this morning. So good!

  14. Made these for my family and they were a huge hit! Fluffy and delicious! I added some vanilla extract and topped with blueberries and strawberries!

  15. These were great! I added chocolate chips to them too and the family ate them up!

  16. Carina Vollmer says

    Just made these for the kids this morning and they were super yummy and fluffy! I made a double batch and used 1 cup of white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. I used lactose free milk as well. The kids and I loved them….such a great alternative to the box stuff.

  17. Kiddos wanted pancakes this morning and we discovered we’d hit the bottom of our box mix. So I decided to try from scratch and found this recipe. They were delicious! So much better than the box! We will be doing homemade from now on! One question though is that the batter ended up being very thick so I added additional milk. My kids were helping so I wonder if they didn’t measure the flour out correctly or something but thought I’d check if it’s supposed to be a thicker batter. My fear was that they wouldn’t spread on the griddle and cook through properly had I not added more milk.

    • Hi Amanda, so glad you liked them. The batter is a bit thick, but adding milk to get the consistency you want is perfect. And I’m so excited the kids could help you!
      Happy Cooking!

  18. Elizabeth A says

    Needed a good, quick pancake recipe and this was delicious! Added cinnamon and used applesauce in place of the oil and they were FANTASTIC! So easy to make and they were nice and fluffy.

    • Hi Elizabeth, so glad you like the Pancake Recipe! Adding applesauce and cinnamon is a great idea!

  19. After many failed pancake recipes, this one is perfect. The only change I make is 1 cup milk. Thank you so much!!!

  20. I made these this morning, my whole family loved them. Thank your for sharing Liz:)

  21. Claire Carper says

    FANTASTIC! Because I am a concocter I couldn’t follow the provided recipe in a straight line…. 😉

    3 whipped eggs (for extra fluff), subbed oil for approx. 2/3c apple sauce + 2tbl melted butter(lighter on calories) = mixed batter well leaving slightly clumpy, let rest while pan is heating up on low/med (used coconut oil instead of veg./olive in pan)

    RASPBERRY/MAPLE SAUCE (enough for four 8″ cakes) I don’t measure when cooking so all amounts are approx.):
    a little more than a cup of frozen/fresh raspberries/any berry, few dashes of lemon/lime juice (to balance the sweet), 1/3c. white sugar, a big ‘ol blob of maple syrup (to taste), simmer all in sm. sauce pot until saucy. If too tart, add more sugar.

  22. I wanted to eat pancakes for breakfast, but my very picky 3 year old twins did not want them. Mom always has the last say in my house, so I made them. Perfect size for a 3 year old stomach. I made the boys pancakes first, by the time I was finished with my pancake they had inhaled theirs. Great recipe! Very easy and fast! I did increase the milk to 1 cup, but we use whole milk and prefer our pancakes not very fluffy. They tasted great! Will definitely be making them again.

  23. Why isn’t the recipe showing up anymore? this recipe is my go to pancake recipe and I should remember it. Can you post it again. The blog post is still here, but not the recipe.

  24. Thank you! No more buying pancake mix from trader joes. I made these this morning for my hubby and I. They came out delicious and so much better than store mix. So fluffy and soft and cooked all the way through. The only changes I made were I used rice milk and olive oil in the mix and to cook them. Also this recipe is the perfect amount for two people with leftovers 🙂

  25. Wow. This is the best homemade pancake I’ve ever achieved. Light, lofty, really puts the cake in pancake, not too sweet, didn’t taste like playdough. I grew up on box-mix pancakes and it doesn’t really occur to me to make my own, even though they’re pretty straight forward (yet, I always make crepes from scratch and never think that anyone would even use a mix… go figure?). Thanks for sharing, these will be a companion of many mornings I think.

  26. Thank you for creating this recipe!
    My sister has been diagnosed with celiac and so we are gluten free. She has been wanting pancakes for quite awhile and I’ve been on a search for a recipe. I came across yours and decided to try.
    I replaced the flour with Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour. It worked so well. My sister said it was even better than the pancake mixes. She loved them. Definitely a keeper.

  27. Made these this morning and my 7 year old said “best pancakes ever!” They were very good. Will keep this as my staple pancake recipe. Thanks so much!

  28. How long does the batter last in the fridge?

    • If it’s sealed well in an airtight container, it should be fine for about a week.
      Happy cooking!

  29. I just made these but with chocolate milk instead and they turned out so good and fluffy. Yummy, will definitely be making these again

  30. Susan Harrison says

    Yum, we loved these pancakes. Quick and easy to make and so light fluffy. We had them for dessert last night and now I’m making them for breakfast ?

  31. Rose Spivey says

    Absolutely delicious and a very easy recipe made it for my granddaughter we gobbled it up.
    Thank you.

  32. Love this recipe! I have tried other pancake recipes and they all came out awful!! But this recipe is for sure a keeper, they came out perfect! They were fluffy and delicious! I added a little more sugar, a little less salt and a splash of vanilla.. amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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