Tried and True Pancake Recipe


I make pancakes almost every weekend, and even though I sometimes try new recipes, I always go back to a very basic one I have used for years now – not even sure where I got it.


  • 1 cups flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 TBSP canola oil (or vegetable oil, or melted butter or…)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • optional: chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts…

Here is how I use the one-bowl method to put it all together:

Preheat griddle to 350°F or medium heat.  Spray griddle with non-stick spray.  Alternatively, you can brush on oil or melted butter.   You don’t actually need any spray/oil if you don’t like.  The spray/oil just makes the outside of the pancakes a little crispy and the butter adds flavor.  If you forego either, the pancakes still come out fine (as long as you use a non-stick griddle), with a soft smooth outside.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.


Tilt the bowl to one side and tap it on the countertop to clear one side for the wet ingredients:


If the egg is not beaten yet, crack it into the “clean” side of the bowl and carefully scramble it without getting the dry ingredients mixed in.

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Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the egg and whisk it together without incorporating the flour mixture.


Finally, stir everything together, but don’t over mix.  There should still be some lumps in the batter – this keeps the flour gluten from being activated, which would make the pancakes more bread like, rather than soft and fluffy.

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Use a cookie/ice cream scoop or 1/4 measuring cup to transfer batter in equal portion size to the griddle leave an inch or two space between them.


When the perimeter of the pancakes start to look dry and little bubbles form on the surface, it’s time to flip them in one quick motion.


Only flip once, or the pancakes will loose their fluffy texture, but it is OK to carefully lift one edge of your pancakes with a spatula to check for color/doneness.


The pancakes are done when you can carefully push down onto the center of the pancakes with your finger and the imprint bounces back.  When you listen carefully, you can also hear whether or not the inside still sounds “wet”.

Enjoy!  If you have any questions/suggestions, make sure to comment.

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4 thoughts on “Tried and True Pancake Recipe

  1. Love these Svenja!! You’re pancakes are famous in our family! So yummy and fluffy. Wish I was at your house every weekend to have them! 😉 Thanks for the tips on making them. I will try out your methods for sure!

  2. Allyson wishes every day was a weekend and if it was so, she would live with you in a heartbeat!!! Miss you my DIY friend!!!

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