Pancakes from scratch

Old Fashioned PancakesI am not sure why we, yes I include myself, ever started using pancake mix.

Pancakes from scratch are easy – certainly not any harder than measuring just a couple of ingredients and mixing – isn’t that what we have to do with a box mix?  Measure and mix?



Pancakes from Scratch – the Real Deal!  


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla – optional.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.

Whisk in melted butter, egg, milk and vanilla until combined. Let batter rest for a few minutes.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly oil skillet or griddle. Pour batter into the hot skillet / griddle, about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake. Gently flip and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Do not flatten with spatula while cooking!  

Makes 12 pancakes.

Adapted from

If you would like to see a video of this recipe – check out Chef John’s video on Allrecipes.comChef John's Pancakes 002

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About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Pancakes from scratch — 45 Comments

  1. Hey there fellow Nana. I have a 7 year old grandson that wants pancakes for breakfast tomorrow. So I get on my laptop, and look up pancakes made from scratch, and low and behold I find this website. Can’t wait to try them on my family. They look absolutely wonderful. I bake cakes for a restaurant here in town and do wedding cakes once in a while. I hope the pancakes turn out as good as the cakes. lololol

  2. Oh my goodness… Yummmmmmm…. Just picked my 4yo daughter from Preschool and what she wanted was Pancakes for lunch (go figure). I’ve tried a few different recipes lately but this one was PERFECT. Hoping my husband will be happy with this one, he’s been asking for fluffy pancakes and these were definitely fluffy 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you! Oh by the way, added some chocolate chips as they were cooking 😉

  3. Absolutely delicious!!!!! So fluffy and light. I added a couple teaspoons of cinnamon just because we love it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I’ll never buy boxed again!!!!

  4. Hi Baking Nana,
    I love your recipe, but I need advise because mine went no fluffy at all! they came out great but plain flat.

  5. Wonderful recipe. I’ve always used the boxed recipe for convenience. But I ran out. When I started looking for one from scratch and I found yours. So easy. One thing I have to remember is, if I put bananas in, no butter. They still tasted fabulous. No more boxed mix for me.

  6. Hi Nana,
    are these cups “American” 200 ml cups or “British” 250 ml? 🙂


  7. My family didn’t like the plain version (I loved them!) but I spiced them up with some flaxseed meal and now I have to double the batch just so I can have some! Thanks!

  8. This was my first time trying pancakes from scratch. They came out better than the boxed ones, thank you for this recipe .

  9. We just made these and I accidentally forgot the butter and they were still delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I may purposely leave out the butter from now on!

  10. these are amazing pancakes! I just put to much salt in! So what should I do? I don’t want to double the mix though!

  11. Thank You so much for this recipe I made them today, FANTASTIC! The best is when it’s homemade (YOU KNOW WHATS IN IT)

  12. These pancakes were absolutely delicious!! My family ate all 12! Just the right amount of fluffiness with enough flavor for our liking. These will definitely be my go-to pancakes from now on! Thanks Baking Nana :]

  13. These pancakes are amazing! I went looking for a recipe as i couldn’t find mine and I needed to have pancakes for Pancake Tuesday! I halved the recipe, best ever! so thick and fluffy! My new go to pancake recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  14. in the process of making these yummy pancakes!! Say I wanted to mix up a bunch of the “dry” ingredients to make a mix… How much mix would I use for the egg/ milk mixture?

    Ps I added a couple handfulls of oats so we will see how they come out but so far they look delicious!!

    -Nichole 🙂

      • Hi Nichole. I have made up the dry ingredients and stored in baggies. One batch per bag. I set up like an assembly line, then added a note to the front of the bag –
        3 tablespoons butter, melted
        1 egg
        1 1/4 cups milk
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        If you need a bigger batch for your family you could just double the ingredients.
        I think this way you are assured that there is the right amount of each ingredient per batch.

  15. For my crowd, I need a recipe that’s “part” whole wheat or part WW and part corn flour. All WW is a little too heavy for us (or, more precisely, for “them;” personally, I like a “solid” cake.) SO, how much of the white flour in this recipe can I trade for WW and corn flour and still get a “rather” fluffy cake? They don’t need to float – as those in the photo look like they would do if not for the weight of the butter and syrup. (I can see why that shot is so popular!) Thanks muchly, Ref

    • Let me experiment a little tomorrow. I bet the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (which I have) from Bob’s Red Mill might do the trick. I don’t know much about using corn flour – but the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and the Whole Wheat White Flour are great.
      I will report back tomorrow. 🙂
      Nice challenge! Thanks!

  16. BN: Those pancakes look amazing, but they would never work for my unusual family. My husband likes buttermilk pancakes that are thin. I’m quite serious about the really thin part. Probably six stacked equals about an inch. Oh, well, gotta make what they’ll eat.

    • Hi Bikerfamily – my favorite pancake is actually a crepe. I too like buttermilk pancakes, really good flavor there.
      Thanks for stopping in!

  17. I’m so glad this came in my email box today. I myself don’t eat pancakes but as of late my husband and son have been making pancakes for breakfast. My husband has been using Bisquick Mix and when I saw all the stuff he still had to add to the mix, I told him he could make them from scratch just as easily. So I’m forwarding this on to my husband. Thanks again Penny…you always seem to have good timing…and by the way that picture could persuade me into eating some too. 😉

    • Timing is everything, isn’t it? I hope your family enjoys these. He could always measure out all the dry ingredients in advance, then he would just have to add the egg, milk and vanilla. Easier and better than Bisquick!
      Thanks for stopping in!

  18. I admit I used to be in the pancake mix camp, but my box sat around for so long that I finally just threw it away. You’re so right, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to mix up a batch of homemade pancakes, so why even bother to have that box take up valuable cabinet space? Those pancakes look absolutely perfect!

    • Thanks Pat! I made this recipe this morning for the grandkids and they were inhaled! Thinking of boxed mixes – for those in a rush, it would be easy to mix up the dry ingredients and store in a ziplock bag and then just add the egg, milk and vanilla. Can’t get any easier than that!

  19. Hi, Penny!

    I have made this recipe a few time and will agree that it is a very good one. Me being me, I have adapted in a couple of spots. Instead of 1 1/2 cups flour I used 1 1/4 cups flour and 1/4 cup corn meal and instead of 1 1/2 cups milk, I used 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream or no milk and use 1 1/2 cups buttermilk. (Yeah, I’m still stuck on cooking with buttermilk.) Your recipe is the lightest but I was trying to squeeze out a little more flavor, which I did accomplish at the cost of light and fluffy.

    • Good morning Mike. I love cooking with buttermilk and buttermilk pancakes are no exception. I have never tried pancakes with flour and corn meal, it does sound good though.
      Thanks for stopping in!

  20. O.M.G., these look SO TEMPTING!!!! You’re right, as usual, of course, about making them from scratch. And, it’s so much less expensive to replace an expired tin of baking powder than a whole box of mix!

    • Good morning Brenda! I don’t know how much pancake mix is these days but I imagine that it is a lot more than making them from scratch. Plus, you avoid all the additives that go into those mixes.
      I better get a move on, my eaters are waiting for their pancakes!
      Thanks for stopping in.

  21. This very very popular photo (how many repins has it had?) always makes me want to take a bite. I really need to try making these! I’m really not very good at making fluffy pancakes, and I know I’ve got takers for these, too! Thanks, Baking Nana!

    • Good morning, Marianne. These really are great pancakes.
      I have no idea how many pins this photo has from Allrecipes. It is one of those images that I took for AR (March 2012) and I have found it being used all over the internet. It is consistently one of the top pinned photos from Allrecipes. I take that as a compliment. It is unfortunate that others using the image don’t bother to credit Allrecipes or Baking Nana as the photographer.
      What can you do? Make pancakes for Sunday breakfast I guess!