This homemade pancake recipe is one we’ve been making for over a decade! I picked it up years ago when working with innkeepers and I think you’ll love how light and fluffy these homemade pancakes turn out! And the recipe has been tested to give you great results each time.
So next time you’re looking in your pantry for store-bought pancake mix, I hope you remember to have this recipe saved! No need to run to your local grocer and buy some shake and pour. Everything you need is probably already in your pantry. Take scroll through the tips below, or simply click the ‘jump to recipe’ button to look at how easy and simple it is to make a classic pancake.
Homemade Pancakes – What You’ll Need
Grab the following items out of your pantry: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder. Open your refrigerator door and pull out one single egg and a carton of milk. Get a big mixing bowl out of your cabinet, and a whisk or a large fork. Let’s get started! This will take 5 minutes, tops.
Ingredients For Making Homemade Pancakes From Scratch
Quickly scrolling to look for a grocery list or what to search for in your pantry? Here are the items you’ll need in list form:
- baking powder
- one egg
- one cup of milk (plant based milk works too. I like to use oatmilk)
- butter or oil for greasing sauté pan or griddle
How To Make Homemade Pancakes
First, pour all the dry ingredients into the bowl. That includes about 1 1/2 cups of flour, 2 tsp of sugar, a pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk or a fork until they are well blended. If you would like, you could put this mix into a sealed jar or container to have as a homemade pancake mix. But if you’re ready to make pancakes now, just scroll to the next step for the refrigerated ingredients you’ll need to add.
Next, beat the egg in a small bowl just a bit with a fork so that the yolk and egg whites are well mixed. It makes the pancakes a bit fluffier when you do this first by incorporating a little air into the whisked egg. Plus it makes it easier to properly blend the egg well with the dry ingredients.
Then add the wet ingredients to the bowl of flour: about 1 cup of milk and a whisked egg. TIP: I keep an extra half cup of milk on hand to add in a bit more in case the batter is too thick. Measuring flour can sometimes be tricking when using cups instead of weight. So just in case you added a heaping cup of flour in the steps above, it is good to have some extra milk on hand in case you need to thin the batter.
And there you have it! A quick and easy homemade pancake recipe. Now the batter is ready to cook.
After you’ve mixed all the ingredients together, heat a griddle or non-stick saute pan and add a dab of butter or oil. Pour pancake batter onto a heated griddle and wait for bubbles to form. In about 5 minutes, you’ll have breakfast. Got your syrup ready?
Let the homemade pancakes get a lot of bubbles coming up to the surface and slightly cooked and dry around the edges before flipping.
Flip the pancakes and let them cook an additional one or two minutes until the second side is nice and golden. And there you go. Nice golden brown and delicious homemade fluffy pancakes.
Look at these wonderfully fluffy pancakes! Just the perfect texture and color.
Homemade Pancake Toppings
Now, as for toppings, there are so many variations. You could top with fresh blueberries, like we have here. Or raspberries, figs, sliced bananas. Nuts are also a great topping, especially walnuts or pecans. My husband loves to put peanut butter on his pancakes! I like to have a side of maple syrup to dip each bite into.
Making Different Flavors Of Homemade Pancakes
Now, when it comes to cooking fruit in with your pancakes, it could change up how long it takes them to cook. For blueberries, I recommend using frozen so they don’t burst and create a sugary sticky mess on your pan. Sliced bananas cooked in with the batter are so sweet and tasty. And thinly sliced apples are a great way to make apple pancakes in the fall. No matter how many creative variations you try, refer back to this homemade pancake recipe as the base.
After making these, try our barley pancakes with blueberry sauce or lemon pancakes too! And if you’re in a festive spirit, there’s also gingerbread pancakes.
Fluffy Pancake Recipe
This fluffy pancake recipe makes the easiest homemade pancakes!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- **A note about flour. You can also nix the baking powder and use self rising flour for fluffier pancakes.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt.)
- Whisk egg in a small bowl and add to the above flour mixture along with the milk.
- Stir together until well blended and pour onto a hot greased griddle.
- Wait until pancakes are bubbling and cooked around the edges and flip.
- Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
More Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love
- Homemade Pancake Syrup
- Gingerbread Pancakes
- Barley Pancakes
- Cinnamon French Toast Bake
- Air Fryer French Toast
- Easy Weekday Microwave Oatmeal
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Originally published on Inn The Kitchen, Oct 4, 2009. Updated 2022.
Wow, I never knew pancake was so easy to make. I’m just so use to buying mixes.
I usually add a small splash of pure vanilla extract (bought in Mexico) and some cinnamon. It adds just a little more dimension and then I top it off with some real maple syrup. Good base recepie. Oh, an my friends mid-western mother said to use expired milk, like a few days old. I do that sometimes but usually it’s not on purpose. 🙂
I use to buy pancake mixes, but then I got bite by the baking bug, making homemade food, is so much better, both taste and health. You see what’s in your food, with out all the added ingredients that are very unhealthy. Made these just now, And they were delish. Thanks for the sharing.
Rachel Shimon says
You have a fan for life!
I usually buy and use pancake mix. Recently, due to the influence of a friend, I started becoming more aware of a lot of questionable ingredients added to processed foods and mixes. I googled homemade pancakes and several sites caught my eye. Yours stood out because you explained it from scratch. I can atlest say that this recipe created the best-tasting, fluffy pancakes that I’ve ever made. I’m a fan of yours for life!
Thank you for sharing.
Delicious!! I reduced salt to 1/4 tsp and added 1/2 tsp vanilla… no longer need to buy my favorite mix ($). Glad I tried this recipe! Next time might add a bit of cinnamon.
Been using this recipe for years now and my family and I love, love, love it!!! ??
Rachelle Lucas says
So glad you’re enjoying it!