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Perfect Pancakes from Scratch

Sweet, hearty, delicious and perfect!  This recipe will give you 10 of the best 1/4 cup pancakes that you have ever set your mouth upon!  Big Ol Perfect Fluffy Pancakes!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: scratch made pancakes, homemade pancakes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbs granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ - ¾ Cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbs melted unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 Egg - beaten
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp pure almond extract


  • Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Mix all wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Start with only ½ cup of milk. If the pancake mix is too dry and thick add the extra ¼ cup of milk to thin it out some so that it spreads evenly when dipped into the hot pan.
  • Pour by the ¼ Cup into a hot pan and cook until done (see recipe tips in section below).



  • Do not OVER mix your pancakes.  I think most people stir and stir to get the little lumps out.  Makes a light and fluffy pancake! If you overmix your pancake will be heavy and no one wants that.  
  • Pan choice.  I recommend a well seasoned cast iron skillet.  
  • To avoid burning your pancakes, never turn your pan up higher than medium low.  A little above low is best.
  • Allow the pan to heat on the burner for a SEVERAL MINUTES before trying to cook the first pancake.  You want the pan to be a uniform heat before the first pancake. 
  • Add butter to the pan every pancake or two.
  • Use a quarter cup measure to spoon out your pancakes. This way the pancakes are all about the same size and are not too big for the pan. Enormous sized pancakes are too hard to flip.  
  • How to know when it is time to turn a pancake.  Look for bubbles - lots of them.  You will see bubbles in the edge of the pancake within a few moments - but you are looking for bubbles throughout the pancake.
  • Side two takes less time than side one.  When you flip a pancake - you might see a bunch of spatter - that is OK!  Just let it cook on side two.  You can scrape the spatters out of the way after you take the pancake out of the pan
  • Your pancake is done on side two when it begins to puff a little.  
  • When you begin cooking your pancakes, set your oven on the lowest setting available.  Put a oven proof plate in the oven and set your pancakes there as you cook.  This keeps everything warm until you are ready to eat.
PRO TIP:  From Mr. Loaves and Dishes, "Don't eat the entire batch of pancakes by yourself just before bed, it will give you heartburn".


Calories: 220kcal