How to make pancakes from scratch

An American breakfast staple that will never go out of style, everyone should (eventually) learn to master making pancakes from scratch. Though it’s incredibly simple, so many of us don’t have a go-to recipe on hand, or may be wary of a well-timed flip. Pancakes come together in under 10 minutes, so there’s absolutely no harm in adding “makes delicious pancakes” to your kitchen resume. Your friends and family will be so happy—and you will, too.

This recipe, which makes 2–3 servings, comes from Plated’s very own Chef Taylor, so you know it’s gonna be good.

Ingredients1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 egg1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon honey3/4 cup whole milk (or non-dairy milk)

3 tablespoons butter

Instructions1. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heatproof bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Add milk, eggs, and honey to bowl with butter and whisk until smooth.

2. In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking powder to combine. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.

3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When butter is foamy, add pancake batter, making pancakes as large or small as desired. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip pancakes and cook until lightly browned on the both sides, 2–3 minutes. Enjoy with maple syrup, or a dollop of greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.

Optional add-ins, if you want to get fancy:1/4 cup chocolate chips1 sliced banana1/4 cup blueberries

Sub 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour (for a total of 3/4 cup all-purpose + 1/4 cup whole wheat)

How do you make homemade pancakes?

  1. First, you get up on the first day back to school and get all the ingredients for your pancake recipe ready because it is back to school tradition that the kids get pancakes the first day, then are left to fend for themselves and eat toast or starve the rest of the school year.
  2. Then you freak out when you don’t have flour. That was this morning. Happy back to school *eyeroll*.
  3. Then you proceed to try your family’s pancake recipe with cake flour instead and discover that cake flour made the lightest, fluffiest version of your family’s pancake recipe yet.
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How do you make fluffy pancakes?

I suggest letting the batter sit for a while ( 5-10 minutes) and let the chemical reactions start working. This always works out in the mornings when I am busy trying to get kids out the door as magically I somehow get distracted easily and let the batter sit by accident. I’ve also found that waiting to heat your griddle AFTER you make the pancakes gives you that time to let the batter sit.

Homemade Pancakes with Butter on TopHomemade Pancakes with Butter on Top

How to Make Homemade Pancakes Recipe From Scratch Video

Pancakes are my nemesis. It has taken me years of frustration, and finally cluing in and finally having a dang good griddle, ( I have a permanent one in the middle of my gas stove top, it’s amazing)  to finally make them at home without throwing a temper tantrum. And I have. Thrown a temper tantrum over pancakes, that is. Just ask my husband, who has ducked when the half-cooked, half-burned pancakes have started a’ flyin’ in the kitchen. Now, however, I have perfected my pancake recipe and unless there is an ingredient crisis like this morning, I’ve got it. I’m good.

This recipe is the perfect base for any pancakes. You can substitute whole wheat flour easily (just add another 1/2 tsp of baking powder to compensate for the heaviness), you can add almost any fruit you can think of, and they fluff up beautifully – and as I discovered, cake flour in pancakes is the boss.

Homemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar SauceHomemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar Sauce

Making Pancakes From Scratch Tips & Tricks

  • Use a hot griddle. Not as hot as a lot of recipes tell you, because then you just burn the outside of the pancake and the inside is raw. Try using a medium-high heat setting.
  • Get a wide spatula/flipper. This will help you lift the pancake properly and turn it over. I like flippers like this one.
  • Serve this with my Homemade Brown Sugar Sauce (that’s what is in the photos)
  • If you want lighter, fluffier pancakes use the cake flour, but the end product pancakes do soak up the syrup more than the all purpose flour pancake recipe does. I personally like it better, and will keep a bag of cake flour on hand for pancakes.
  • Don’t have cake flour? See below for instructions!
  • IF YOU ARE USING SIFTED FLOUR, adjust your liquid measurements! I do NOT use sifted flour and that is why your batter will be too runny. Don’t sift your flour!
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Wait. Did I burst your little bubble? You thought I loved to make every meal for my family didn’t you? I mean after all I am a food blogger. HA! HA! HA! I don’t think so. There are so many times when the last thing I want to do is pick up a pot or pan and try to make something. I’m just like you.

I purposely go to the grocery store after work on Thursday or Friday to get groceries for the weekend and make the hubs get the kiddos. This also means he tackles dinner one night a week and I love it. Sure, it’s usually mac and cheese or pizza or something the kids want, but I don’t care. By that point in the week I just want someone else to take care of dinner! If I lay out a recipe and the ingredients sometimes he makes that. He’s pretty awesome like that!

Easy Pancakes That Everyone Can Make with Pantry Staples!

He’s actually so awesome I told my friend the other day I think half the ladies and town have a crush on him secretly. She agreed and told me to count my blessings. Who doesn’t melt when they see him outside flying kites with the girls or riding Ranger or playing catch? I know I do and apparently everyone else does as they make comments on how amazing he is.

Tools Helpful for Pancakes

  • Skillet or Griddle
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons

So if you are looking to “get outside the box” with your pancake mix then these homemade pancakes are it. This recipe calls for things that you will more than likely already find in your pantry so there’s no excuses! Whip up a batch and you’ll never go back!

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Optional Add-ins for Easy Homemade Pancakes!

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Strawberries
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Raspberry
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Cooked Bacon
  • Brown Sugar and Cinnamon
  • Lemon Zest
  • Mashed banana
  • Sprinkles
  • Blueberry

Take a few add-ins and make a flavor combo! I’m personally thinking peanut butter and chocolate chips, or strawberry and banana or maybe blueberry and lemon?! Wait, wait maybe I’ll do the raspberry and white chocolate chips!

What’s your favorite thing to add to pancakes to take them up a notch? My girls go between sprinkles and chocolate chips! I personally like a little peanut butter in mine!

Keyword: Pancake Recipe, Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • additional butter for greasing pan about 3 Tbsp
  1. Combine dry ingredients and sift in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl beat egg until light. Add 1 c. milk and melted butter to bowl. Stir.

  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until moistened. At this point if it is to thick add the remaining 1/4 c. of milk to the batter a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want.

  4. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. Melt about 1/2 Tbsp butter in a large non-stick skillet. Ladle the batter (about 1/4 c. batter) into the skillet making 3-4 pancakes. Cook pancakes until bubbles form on top. Flip and brown the other side.

  5. Wipe out any excess butter with paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter.

I had comments about this being to thick so I adjusted the recipes from 1 c. milk to 1 1/4c. milk on 10/14/18. If you made it before that please note that!

Nutrition information does not include butter for cooking or toppings

Easy Homemade Pancakes Recipe Calories 150 Calories from Fat 27 Total Carbohydrates 26g 9% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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