The Perfect Pancake Recipe

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This pancake recipe has the perfect amount of fluff and ratio of sweetness in the batter. They’re buttery, so delicious and easy to make! Sharing everything you need to know to make these fool-proof pancakes!

These fluffy pancakes are perfect for brunch. Pair them with one of our brunch cocktail recipes for the ultimate meal!

Homemade Pancake Recipe with butter and blueberries

We’ve been enjoying this fluffy pancake recipe for years. They are absolutely perfect with crispy buttery edges and a fluffy texture on the inside. You really can’t go wrong with these and everyone loves them! We have a pumpkin version that are just as good for the fall.

In need of some more brunch recipes? Try our monkey bread recipe and our amazing monkey bread muffins!

Stack of homemade pancakes

A Quick History of Pancakes

The history of pancakes stretches back to over 30,000 years ago to a time with stone-age tools ground flour out of local plants like ferns and cattails.

It’s thought that the flour was mixed with water and then baked on a hot rock, closer to what we know today as a crepe.

The ancient Greeks elevated the dish by topping them with honey, and eventually, the recipe morphed to include modern-day ingredients like egg, butter, and milk.

Fluffy Pancake Recipe Ingredients

These pancakes are made using simple ingredients:

Whole Milk – Use organic whole milk. Milk provides structure and moisture to the recipe.

Butter – Unsalted butter is best for this recipe.

Eggs – Organic eggs.

Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla will enhance and add flavors to the pancakes.

All-Purpose Flour – We use King Arthur four. Flour adds structure to the pancakes.

Granulated Sugar – Sugar will sweeten the batter.

Baking Powder – Will create a fluffy texture and help them rise.

Heating a griddle on the stove top

How to Make The Best Pancake Recipe From Scratch

Follow the below steps to make these delicious, fluffy pancakes:

  • Whisk together wet ingredients – Milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract. I usually do this in a large glass measuring cup.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients – In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and give it a few whisks just to lightly combine. The batter should be lumpy!
  • Preheat the griddle over medium-high heat. If using an electric griddle set the temperature to 375°F.
Two dollops of pancake batter on a hot griddle
  • Cook the pancakes – Add a good amount of butter to the griddle and push it around where the pancake batter will be. Add 1/3 cup dollops of batter onto the griddle. Add what you can, giving the batter space to spread and cook.
  • Cook 2 – 3 minutes on one side until bubbles form.
  • Then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  • Do not flip the pancakes again.
Fluffy pancakes cooking on a griddle.
  • Once the pancakes are cooked, remove them from the griddle and onto a plate. Continue making more pancakes until the batter is gone.
  • Enjoy – Serve these fluffy pancakes warm with butter and syrup!
Close up of buttery pancakes

Tips For the Perfect Pancake Recipe

  • Do not over mix the batter. The batter should be lumpy and not smooth.
  • Use a griddle or a large non-stick pan to cook the pancakes.
  • Use 1/3 cup batter for each pancake.
  • Carefully and gently wipe the griddle between pancakes and add new butter so the butter won’t burn. I usually do this with a paper towel.
  • Always use, whole organic ingredients when possible.
  • Never flip a pancake twice. Once you flip it let it cook on the other side and then remove it from he griddle.
Stack of pancakes on plates

What Can You Add to Pancakes?

Here are some fun suggestions for what you can add to your pancake batter before cooking them on the griddle.

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Ricotta
  • Strawberries
  • Gingerbread Spices
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Matcha Powder
pancakes on a plate

The Perfect Pancake Toppings

When it comes to the perfect toppings, it’s all a matter of personal preference. If you’re going with traditional batter, you can opt for butter and syrup or keep things fresh with a fruit compote.

If you add some fun flavors into your pancakes, try to think of complementary pairings. Fruity pancakes go well with more subdued toppings, whereas chocolatey pancakes are delicious with a bright, tart topping.

Here are some of our favorite pancake toppings:

  • Berries
  • Crème fraîche
  • Nutella
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Preserves
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pecans and Walnuts
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Whipped Butter
  • Peanut Butter

When to Serve Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast and brunch staple. They can be served any time of the year and are great for a relaxing weekend morning or for a special occasion such as:

Christmas Brunch

Easter Brunch

Spring Brunch

Fall Brunch

Pancake Breakfast

What to Serve with Pancakes

We suggest serving eggs and bacon with pancakes. You can also serve a fresh fruit platter with the best fruit dip too. Here are some recipes we love:

The Best Frittta

Chorizo Quiche

Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Smoothie

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Pan to Use? 

A smooth griddle is best for making pancakes. The flat, broad surface gives you enough area to make multiple pancakes at once to speed up your cooking time.

Griddles also distribute even heat and the pancake batter won’t stick to the griddle while it’s cooking.

What is the secret to pancakes?

The secret to making super fluffy pancakes is to not overmix the batter. Just like muffin batter, pancake batter should not be whipped or over mixed. If it is, you will have flat, chewy pancakes rather than fluffy pancakes.

Another secret is to cook them on a griddle with a little butter. This allows them to cook evenly without sticking.

Also, use quality ingredients when making pancakes. Whole butter, organic eggs, pure vanilla extract.

What are 3 different types of pancakes?

Here are the three most popular types of pancakes:

  1. Danish Aebleskiver
  2. American-Style Pancakes
  3. Crêpes 
pancakes on a plates with blueberries

More Brunch Recipes You’ll Love!

More brunch recipes that you’ll enjoy!

Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

The Best Brown Butter Overnight Yeast Waffles

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta

Semi Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

The Best Blueberry Muffins

The Best Lemon Loaf Cake

And to wash those delicious pancakes down, make one of our favorite coffee recipes!

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Pancake Recipe

This pancake recipe has the perfect amount of fluff and the perfect ratio of sweetness in the batter. They're buttery, so delicious and easy to make!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Pancakes
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Whisk together wet ingredients – Milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract. I usually do this in a large glass measuring cup.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients – In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and give it a few whisks just to lightly combine. The batter should be lumpy!
    mixing pancake batter
  • Preheat the griddle over medium-high heat. If using an electric griddle set the temperature to 375°F.
    pancakes cooking on griddle
  • Cook the pancakes – Add a good amount of butter to the griddle and push it around where the pancake batter will be. Add 1/3 cup dollops of batter onto the griddle. Add what you can, giving the batter space to spread and cook.
  • Cook 2 – 3 min on one side until bubbles form. Then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Do not flip the pancakes again. 
    flipping pancakes
  • Once the pancakes are cooked, remove them from the griddle and onto a plate. Continue making more pancakes until the batter is gone.
    pancakes
  • Enjoy – Serve these fluffy pancakes warm with butter and syrup!

Notes

  • Do not over mix the batter. The batter should be lumpy and not smooth.
  • Use a griddle or a large non-stick pan to cook the pancakes.
  • Use 1/3 cup batter for each pancake.
  • Carefully and gently wipe the griddle between pancakes and add new butter so the butter won’t burn. I usually do this with a paper towel.
  • Always use, whole organic ingredients when possible.
  • Never flip a pancake twice. Once you flip it let it cook on the other side and then remove it from he griddle.

Nutrition

Serving: 8Pancakes | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 thoughts on “The Perfect Pancake Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    My teens love this recipe for breakfast! Pancakes have always been my teens go to comfort food! So delicious and very yummy! Definitely going to make these soon!

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