Simple Pancakes

Simple pancakes

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
249 Calories
14g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 249
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 200mg 67%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 10g
Calcium 311mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pancakes are probably the greatest breakfast option ever. Serve them up with some bacon and eggs and you're in heaven! It's hard to find a perfect stack of them out at a restaurant. Sometimes they just don't taste right. There's times where you've just got to whip them up at home. These pancakes taste way better than any mix and are just as easy to put together. Instead of mixing a mix with eggs, butter, and milk, simply mix flour with baking powder, sugar and then add the wet ingredients. Two more ingredients isn't so hard, is it? 


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for simple pancakes
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  2. Heat up a cast iron griddle or pan on medium heat before you begin. Get it nice and hot and then turn down the heat right before you begin cooking the cakes. 

    Heat up skillet
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  3. Beat together the egg, milk, and melted butter in a measuring cup. If you are adding vanilla add it in at this time too.

    Beat together egg, milk, and melted butter
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  4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

    Whisk together the dry ingredients
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  5. Stir in the wet ingredients. The batter should be a little lumpy. Don't over beat the batter or it will not stay tender.

    Stir in wet ingredients
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  6. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. It will puff up, if it is too thick, add a little more milk. If it looks too wet add in a tablespoon of flour.

    Let it sit
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  7. Butter the griddle right before you are ready to cook the pancakes.

    Butter the griddle
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  8. Spoon an 1/8-cup of the batter onto the griddle.

    Spoon banter onto griddle
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  9. Cook on the griddle for a few minutes. You will know they are cooked when the bubbles stand still and stop refilling with batter.

    Cooking pancake
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  10. Flip with a spatula and cook for another few minutes.

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  11. Serve with maple syrup or any other syrupy topping.

    Stack of pancakes
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  12. Enjoy!


  • This recipe is also a great base for any other pancakes. Simply throw in blueberries or chocolate chips! You can also sub in some pumpkin puree for half of the milk and add in some pumpkin pie spice for delicious pumpkin spice pancakes. The possibilities are endless.
  • There's also the option to put vanilla in the batter. Some people like the added flavor and the way it brings out the sweetness in the pancakes. They are delicious either way.
  • They are definitely best served with real maple syrup and butter, but you can also top them with fresh fruit, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup.
  • We still eat like kids sometimes and love silver dollars in my house. You can make them any way you like! You'll know they're cooked through when the bubbles stop bubbling and stand still! It's a trick our friend came up with and it works perfectly every time.