How to Make Basic Pancakes

Diana Rattray
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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These basic pancakes are perfect for a weekend morning or holiday breakfast, along with sausages or bacon and your favorite toppings. The recipe is a tried-and-true favorite. Make a double batch and freeze them for breakfasts throughout the week!

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

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (or more, as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Oil or shortening for the griddle

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk or stir to blend thoroughly.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk; add to flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Blend in melted butter. If the batter seems too thick to spread, add a little more milk.
  3. Using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, drop onto a hot, greased griddle.
  4. Cook until you see that the bubbles over the surface are breaking and the edges appear somewhat dry. Turn to brown the other side.

    Note: If you are making several batches and want to serve them all at once, preheat the oven to 200 F before you begin. Place a rack on a large baking sheet and place it in the oven. Place cooked pancakes on the rack in a single layer (uncovered). The pancakes may be kept for up to 20 minutes in the warm oven.


    • The batter can be made the night before. Just cover and refrigerate until the morning.
    • If the batter seems too thick, 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.
    • For fluffier pancakes, separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff. Make the batter with the yolks and fold the beaten egg whites 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    290 Calories
    15g Fat
    31g Carbs
    9g Protein
    (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)