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Basic Pancakes Recipe

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (92 Reviews)



Basic Pancakes

Diana Rattray

This recipe for  basic pancakes is perfect for a weekend morning or holiday breakfast, along with sausages or bacon and your favorite toppings.

Serve these delicious pancakes with plenty of butter and maple syrup, or use your own favorite syrup or fruits on them.

This pancake batter can be made the night before. Just cover and refrigerate. If the batter thickens too much, add a little milk (a tablespoon at a time) until you have a good consistency.

If you have a few leftover pancakes, freeze them in a freezer bag. Warm in the microwave, skillet, or toaster.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred or sifted before measuring
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk; add to flour mixture, stirring only until smooth. Blend in melted butter. If the batter seems too thick to spread, add a little more milk. Cook on a hot, greased griddle, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbly and somewhat dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom; turn and brown the other side.

Serves 4.

Tip: For fluffier pancakes, separate the eggs and beat the whites. Fold them into the batter last.

Flavor Ideas: To jazz up the flavor a bit, try adding a few teaspoons of orange zest to the batter. For spiced pancakes, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon,  1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

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User Reviews

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 3 out of 5
A good foundation with potential for improvement, Member JSRFgirlywhirl

I took the advice of a previous reviewer and doubled the amounts of sugar and added cinnamon. I kept that same recommendation but I ALSO added about two tablespoons of lemon juice, nutmeg, and some cocoa mocha powder along with some vanilla extract. These came out great! These were the thickest rising pancakes I have ever made, and were a hit with my boyfriend. This recipe yielded me about 8 pancakes, using an 1/2C measure for each portion. :) I would have included a picture, but I didn't have a chance to take one! I served these with oven-made bacon, and used the grease from the bacon to fry up some eggs along with it.

16 out of 20 people found this helpful.

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