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Under 30 Minutes

Easy Basic Pancakes

Nothing says "weekend" like easy homemade pancakes for breakfast. Our easy pancake recipe will help you easily whip up this weekend favorite in less than 30 minutes! When you see how easy it is to make delicious, light, and fluffy homemade pancakes from scratch, you'll wonder why you never tried the recipe before!

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  • Servings: 4
Easy Basic Pancakes

Source: Everyday Food, 2006


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Assorted toppings, such as butter, maple syrup, confectioners' sugar, honey, jams, preserves, sweetened whipped cream, or chocolate syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees; have a baking sheet or heatproof platter ready to keep cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).

  3. Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half, and moisten with oil; carefully rub skillet with oiled paper towel.

  4. For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet).

  5. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in oven. Continue with more oil and remaining batter. (You'll have 12 to 15 pancakes.) Serve warm, with desired toppings.

Reviews (170)

  • janieeli 18 Nov, 2015

    Does anyone know how I can make this as a bulk dry mix to save and just add wet ingredients when needed. I'm not sure if it's as easy as adding all dry ingredients and measuring the 1:1:1 ratio when We are ready to make pancakes. We loved the taste of these, they were a little on the flat side but next time I will let the mix rest a bit as others have recommended.

  • kaitlin tyree 28 Nov, 2015

    Great recipe! We usually double the recipe. I mix all the dry ingredients together and store it in quart bags. Just remember to write how much milk you should add on each bag so that you don't have to go digging for the recipe each time. It's a perfect fix for the "I don't knows" that my family gives me about once a week when I ask them what they want for supper!

    If you mix it up and let it sit for about 10 minutes, it fluffs up and keeps from being too runny (which makes them flat.)

  • aries 4890 16 Nov, 2015

    Recipe tastes pretty good. Nice and fluffy result. I decided to add a splash of kahula coffee liqueur to the batter (just to add the flavor). They tasted amazing with maple syrup!!!

  • jerrydaworm 7 Nov, 2015

    These pancakes taste horrible! I made the exact recipe and they taste like pretzels filled with salt! Disgusting!

  • jacobwbrown 22 Sep, 2015

    My first time i tried this it turned out great but my family likes to put vanilla extract in it and it tasted GREAT! I defiantly just putting vanilla extract in the mix.

  • jmmakare2 1 Jun, 2015

    Does this recipe work with Gluten Free flour? I tried it and mine was rather runny.

  • Donna Inlow 25 May, 2015

    made for the first time -- real good flavor, but not fluffy. after reading reviews I will let it rest before cooking next time. Can't wait to try additions with this recipe.

  • Laura James 14 May, 2015

    I like this ratio of 1:1:1 flour, milk and eggs. I used spelt/rye and buckwheat flours and these pancakes tasted nutty and delicous. I melted my butter in a pan that was a little too hot so it became browned butter and if anything improved the taste even more. I was surprised at how sweet these pancakes are. I was eating them with no syrup as they cooked. Next time I want to make savory pancakes I will cut the sugar in half. The batter is not too thick and that is the way I like it.

  • Jueanne Cherubin 26 Apr, 2015

    I added 1/4 cup more milk and an additional egg (small one). I also use veg oil in batter and fry with the butter instead. Tastier this way. Decided to do this after trying out the original recipe.

  • St phanie Robert 16 Apr, 2015

    Id like to start of with this is a very good and very easy
    but what i like to do is . instead of an egg i like to put a full banana
    and instead of using vegetable oil i use coconut oil me and my hubby love this
    taste just like a banana muffin :)

  • Judi Tussey 30 Mar, 2015

    Almost all paper towels contain formaldehyde so it's not a good idea to put oil on them for the pan.
    The pancakes tasted great!

  • ajbrillhart 28 Mar, 2015

    I made these with unsweetened almond milk and they turned out great. Very fluffy, light and delicious.
    Will make this recipe again and again. Next time will try adding 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.

  • Kunil Kuda 20 Mar, 2015

    Tried this recipe with baking soda instead of baking powder. The pancake taste a bit bitter. I've should know that..Just reminder that baking soda is not replacement for baking powder

  • jrbeaty 19 Mar, 2015

    We use this recipe all the time they are wonderful ... The only thing different we do is add sprinkles for the kids lol ..My daughter and 9 year old Granddaughter are making them as im typing .

  • capucine_dickerson 3 Mar, 2015

    I just made these pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day. Not as fluffy as I'd hoped, but sure it is cook error. either baking powder too old or whisked batter too long.
    final review is still yum yum good! My daughter approves. She loves to eat good food.
    I will be making again soon, with new baking powder and less whisking.

  • ajbrillhart 28 Mar, 2015

    I find letting the batter "rest" for about 10 min. after mixing with a fork until just combined makes for fluffier pancakes.

  • em mccabe 3 Mar, 2015

    I have been using this recipe for over a year now. I use it so much I have it memorized. It makes the BEST pancakes. I add a cap full of vanilla extract to the wet ingredients prior to combining with the dry.
    Unfortunately through trial and error I have found that doubling the recipe does not produce the same results as a single batch. I have found that I need to make two separate batches, my family will eat a batch and a half and I freeze the rest for breakfast during the week.

  • jimmadson 3 Mar, 2015

    I have made this for the past two weekends and it is great. Last weekend I used 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cornmeal. It added a very nice flavor and a little crunch.

  • marwahdillion786 27 Feb, 2015

    Looks so delicious! But I was wondering if you could add your own extras, like chocolate chips? This is a must-try for me!

  • bretbrook 17 Feb, 2015

    Hands down easiest and most delicious pancakes ever...Happiest Shrove Tuesday !!!!

  • Shyanne Pasha 17 Feb, 2015

    Best recipe ever for american pancakes!!!!!!!!!! cannot emphasise that enough!
    Usually I am the worst pancake maker, with burnt pancakes and lumpy mixture but this recipe was absolutely perfect! If someone had served me these in a restaurant, I would have been ecstatic. Strongly recommend. 10/10 in fact 11/10.

  • akmwin 15 Feb, 2015

    I've made this recipe a few times, delicious. I came back to it today as a base recipe. It was so good, I created an account! I used 1/2 cup of all purpose flour and 1/2 cup of mostly quick oats and a good portion of flaxseed meal. I used brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon in the dry mix. In the wet mix, I added two tablespoons of coconut oil instead of butter, almond milk, and a splash of vanilla. The pancakes came out fluffy, sweet, savory, and pretty healthy! Toddler approved!

  • Aliman Elmazraui 14 Feb, 2015

    How much is a cup in ml ? I really want to try to bake the pancakes! Thans you.

  • Christie Martinez 15 Feb, 2015

    1 cup is 240ml

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  • gbdoc 3 Feb, 2015

    This is the good old classic recipe, and it's still the best. Just 2 tips:
    1. cinnamon and/or nutmeg (freshly grated is best) adds a little pep.
    2. for even fluffier pancakes, separate the eggs, beat the whites separately and fold gently into the rest of the mix.

  • jensengeib 2 Feb, 2015

    These pancakes were delicious. First time I used this recipe, and yes, they actually were easy and very tasty. I followed the recipe exactly, and had no problem with batter consistency. Definitely will make again

  • daniellewilliams6406 2 Feb, 2015

    I've been searching for a good pancake recipe for a while and have had no luck. They're always too salty or not sweet enough. I made these for my finance and I on a snow day and they were perfect! They had a great balance of saltiness and sweetness. We barely had to even put syrup on! I will definitely keep this recipe for the future!
    I didn't alter the recipe in any way.

  • jenn24346 31 Jan, 2015

    I love how easy and delicious this recipe is. I modified it with almond milk and splenda and they were still amazing! Less calories as well:)

  • mrsbanks070905 27 Jan, 2015

    These were great. I did not change a thing. Four of us ate a batch and a half. I made a different recipe the other day, and these were so much better. This is my new go to pancake recipe!!

  • maketha5 11 Jan, 2015

    These were amazing!!!! Made one batch for breakfast which my kids both gave a big thumbs up...specifically my youngest said "Mommy, these are the best pancakes you've ever made!!!" (I should note that I normally would make Bisquick pancakes and those always got rave reviews!!! Now , they are but a distant memory)...Tonight this happened: we made batch #2...this time doubled all ingredients so there would be enough for breakfast tomorrow...threw on some sliced bananas, syrup and cinnamon...heaven

  • marilyn fpr 11 Jan, 2015

    The best made from scratch recipe, I know is not good for me to cook them in butter, but that's exactly what I did so I could get the crispy corners we so much love! It was win win!!!

  • dacayjill 5 Jan, 2015

    Have never made pancakes from scratch but this is a winner! It turned out extremely light and so fluffy! Love this recipe and will make it again this weekend!

  • spanktonejim 3 Jan, 2015

    Best recipe that I have found. Light and fluffy, not overly thick, and very tasty, too! BTW, gotta chuckle at those who complain about the consistency of the batter. You probably shouldn't be cooking if you can't figure out how to cut out a bit of the milk if the batter is too thin for your liking. Yikes! And also to those who added the extra oil to the batter (it's for oiling the griddle! READ THE DIRECTIONS!) Anyway, terrific recipe, as is, and I cannot wait to experiment with some add-ins!

  • jess87lynnsz 22 Dec, 2014

    These are awesome. I threw in a extra tablespoon of flour to make extra fluffy. Never buying pancake mix again, thanks Martha!

  • ratherDIM 16 Dec, 2014

    induces gluttony! also holds up well to the fork.

  • daniele cocchi 27 Nov, 2014

    Oh, I forgot: I used almond milk and three tablespoons of vegetable oil (instead of two spoons of butter and one of oil) and the result was simply perfect!

  • daniele cocchi 27 Nov, 2014

    I tried this recipe this morning and I was stunned by how simple it is to make fluffy and delicious pancakes!

  • lgonzalez06 16 Nov, 2014

    So delicious ! They were very simple to make!

  • ssayles4 7 Nov, 2014

    I am eating these right now and I am soooo happy!!! its almost 8pm on the West Coast of the UsA. :);)<#<#<#<#<<#<3<

  • shakerbooms45 4 Nov, 2014

    omg these are amazing!!! best pancakes i ever had! will continue to make this no more box mixes for me!!!!! thanks Martha!

  • dj_jake_audio 26 Oct, 2014

    This morning I had guests over. After I sold them on the idea of pancakes with toppings, was horrified to find out I am out of my boxed pancake mix. "Oh, what do I do now?" Quick search in the internet, I landed on this recipe. "Why not. I'll give it a shot".
    Just as the title says, very easy recipe and guess what...they came out perfect! I just printed this recipe. My boxed pancake mix are a thing of the past...thank you Martha!
    (Note: I sub'd a little bit of Sugar with Vanilla Sugar)

  • nekoovaltine 12 Oct, 2014

    These are not the best pancakes I have ever made. They are, however, by far the easiest and the fastest. Even though I mixed the batter in under 15 and ended up with only a quarter sink-full of dirty dishes, they still managed to be quite tasty and leagues better than any prepackaged pancake mix I've tried. I halved the recipe and ended up with 3 big pancakes, a perfect amount to satisfy a sunday morning pre-work pancake craving.

  • pajarick 11 Oct, 2014

    wow - just made this - Sorry Aunt Jemima - this is goodbye!!!!

  • carollazo54 4 Oct, 2014

    i will not be buying packaged mix again

  • pegwoo 28 Sep, 2014

    This recipe is buttermilk to buy or imitate and all the ingredients are usually on hand. I used butter in the batter and in the pan, added a touch of vanilla extract, and used non-fat milk since we don't use whole milk. The first batch was as good as the last. My husband asked me to bookmark this recipe!

  • haileyelle 14 Aug, 2014

    I love to make really HUGE pancakes, so I made 2 with this batch and had a little bit of batter left over. The first one I made was not so great... Very thin and dense. The second one, however, was absolutely fluffy and thick and light - amazing. Best pancake I have ever made. I love Martha so much. SOOOO much!!!

  • leyva veronica 10 Aug, 2014

    Since discovering this recipe, this is now my go to pancake recipe. My kids love these pancakes and they are our Sunday breakfast staple. I do not use traditional buttermilk though. I substitute a cup of whole milk with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

  • dipperpines19 9 Aug, 2014

    These pancakes were really good! I used powdered sugar instead of granulated and it was still perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  • culturedsf 13 Jul, 2014

    This recipe has the right ratio of wet ingredients to dry. This thinner batter makes nice tender pancakes.
    My slight improvement is to add 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 1/8 tsp of dry citric acid (pinch). This combo creates a reaction with the addition of liquid that produces bubbles in the batter that make the pancakes lighter and fluffier. My ideal:) I use this combo because I always have citric acid in the cupboard and often don't have other acidic ingredients like lemon or buttermilk. Try it!

  • shnellison 7 Jul, 2014

    These pancakes are fluffy and buttery! Even reheated they are great, which is good because the boys in my house like to eat them at any time in the day.

  • lecrotty 5 Jul, 2014

    Our Krusteaz mix went bad (must have been open for over a year) and we had already told the kids we were making pancakes, so we googled pancakes from scratch and followed this recipe! We substituted olive oil for butter, and added a 3/4tsp vanilla. The pancakes ended up a little thin - didn't allow batter to rise, and maybe should have decreased the olive oil to 1.5tbsp - but delicious! This will be our go-to recipe from now on. Thanks Martha!

  • altariq taylor 1 Jul, 2014

    Favorite pancake recipe I've made...If you complain about it being to runny or whatever you need to realize baking is a science if you don't measure exact of course it's going to turn out wrong. But I have been making this recipe since I found it never runny and able to fit at least 2 or 3 in one pan at a time to cook.

  • sobrsol 30 Jun, 2014

    Unbelievably good and easy! Best pancake recipe I ever used. I've been baking pancakes for yrs using random recipes online but this is the first time I used Martha's recipe. What a diff! Very basic but fluffy and yummy! Everyone loved these! Next time I plan to add cinnamon and vanilla to customize it a tad. Although it doesn't need improvement. Followed recipe exactly! Used good organic ingredients, milk, and eggs. You will love this recipe as your go to pancakes!

  • c10s20w 21 Jun, 2014

    This recipe sucks, it is way too runny making them too large to be able to flip without messing them up. I have never had so many problems with pancakes before in my life!

  • brendaalcala 16 Jun, 2014

    I made this pancake recipe for my girls and it was so easy and turned out great. I chose not to include the salt in my recipe and im glad I made that choice. the pancakes were super fluffy and the recipe is so simple and my girls enjoyed helping me make them.

  • smith shannon 3 Jun, 2014

    I have used many different pancake recipes and this one gets the most raves. They turn out very fluffy and rich. I substitute half whole wheat and decrease the sugar by half and it still turns out a very fluffy great tasting pancake.

  • amy b lindgren 26 Apr, 2014

    I make these pancakes every Saturday morning for the kids and they LOVE it. I add a teaspoon of vanilla and double the sugar though. So instead of 2 tablespoons, I add 4 tablespoons of sugar (I know... mother of the year!) The pancakes are light and fluffy every time. I used to use pancakes out of a box but then decided to try to make them from scratch to avoid all the processed food. It is absolutely worth it and only requires a few more steps than the box kind.

  • claripossum 22 Apr, 2014

    This is my go-to recipe for homemade pancakes, and I love it. It's easy, and they always come out nice and soft. I do make one change--I add a bit of vanilla extract for flavor (I remember that being an ingredient in another recipe somewhere or other). What I love about this recipe is definitely the quality of texture.

  • pariartspaul 21 Apr, 2014

    This is a great, very easy recipe and the pancakes come out light, fluffy and really perfect. I always buy one of the box pancake mixes but was empty-handed this morning the saw this recipe online here. I was skeptical if they would come out as good as the box mix. Well, they sure did... better even. Thanks Martha!

  • saengch 18 Apr, 2014

    Thanks for yet another great, simple and clear recipe from MS. (The part about tolerating small lumps is important to keep the pancake soft and puffy). I've linked to this page in a Web list about classic pancake here

  • lkcurrie 29 Mar, 2014

    Love this recipe! I beat the egg and milk until foamy then substitute coconut oil instead of butter. For the flour I substitute 1/2 of the white flour for whole wheat. My kids and guests rave.

  • akwash 23 Mar, 2014

    This is a great recipe. Quick to make and the ingredients are simple. This is how I will make pancake going forward.. No more store-brought mix :).

  • lisakow 22 Mar, 2014

    great basic recipe.

  • Michlorfel 16 Mar, 2014

    I had looking for a recipe that would mimic in flavor the Hungry Jack pancakes.This is by far better than what i was looking for.Although i did use organic unbleached flour,organic cane sugar,aluminum free baking powder,I do feel these are by far healthier than store bought with all the perservatives and Gmos added to pancakes in a box.The best pancake recipe.

  • jlcasey41 16 Mar, 2014

    I made the recipe and added blueberries. The pancakes were the best!

  • hollisd09 15 Mar, 2014

    I made these on a whim this morning, and I was surprised at how good they were! I didn't have any milk, so I substituted water, but next time I make them I'll be sure to have milk on hand.

  • blia 7 Mar, 2014

    Made it this morning and it was good. My boyfriend loved it. Will be making more tomorrow.

  • cdn_cntry_grl 16 Feb, 2014

    I made this for the first time this morning.. went over so well.. I had to make another batch!!

  • Kynana 1 Feb, 2014

    I made this recipe for my granddaughter today and it was a hit! This is an easy and very tastey recipe! Made just enough for four people to enjoy two pancakes each.

  • melissalaneousdesigns 26 Jan, 2014

    These pancakes are great! I added 1 mashed banana and 4 tbsp of cocoa powder. Delicious!

  • cmnash819 20 Jan, 2014

    Very good pancakes! I replaced the egg with 1/4 cup applesauce due to my daughter having an egg allergy and they still turned out perfectly. The dough wasn't too thin for me, perhaps because of the substitution? Either way a great non-buttermilk pancake recipe.

  • cilemck57 18 Jan, 2014

    I like the simplicity of this recipe, however it needed more flour, the recipe batter comes out too thin for the amount of liquid. I will adjust until I find the perfect consistency.

  • unne35 15 Jan, 2014

    Very simple and easy to make. I had all of the ingredients on hand and it took no time at all. I disagree that you are able to serve 4 as it yields 12 medium pancakes. My husband ate about 5-6, my 3 year old ate 2, leaving me the rest.

    These were fluffy as promised and another keeper. I might not buying my pancake mix because this was so easy!

  • lubnabbrafiq 15 Dec, 2013

    how much medium egg can i add for this recipe?

  • KimberlyJHamilton 5 Dec, 2013

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  • artisticclarity 3 Dec, 2013

    This recipe works wonderful as a base/starter for all types of pancakes, however I've noticed adding about a 1/4 c. more flour, and an extra teaspoon of sugar makes a much thicker and fluffier pancake. My favorite variation is to take this [with the noted extra flour, but not the extra sugar], add in 1/4 c. of mashed banana, and then 1 banana, sliced--perfect banana pancakes!

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  • aaidah2005 9 Nov, 2013

    I have made these pancakes,they turned out awesome,my daughter love these pancakes,a must try recipe.

  • hifiboye 6 Nov, 2013

    Super good. I added leftover Pumpkin pie mix about 4-5 tblspns. Darn good...

  • Rhondax6 5 Nov, 2013

    I was skeptical since I use my grandmothers recipe, but didn't have all of the needed ingredients. I don't know why I ever bothered to doubt Martha. Best pancake recipe ever! Don't change a thing.

  • rfsfmj 4 Nov, 2013

    My sons loves these and he is the pickeist eater ... Even when it comes to pancakes.

  • emily kraft89 3 Nov, 2013

    For the past month or so, I've been trying to find a go-to pancake recipe. I tried four or five buttermilk pancake recipes, thinking that buttermilk was the way to make awesome pancakes. But this morning I woke up, wanted pancakes, and didn't have buttermilk in the house. And luckily, this recipe is easily the best pancake recipe I've tried. Just remember not to over-mix - lumps are what make fluffy pancakes!

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  • Gise 24 Aug, 2013

    This is the best pancake recipe I have made. We have been searching for the best tasting pancake recipe, so we have tried many... and these are the only ones that are fluffy and delicious!

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  • brandie 11 Jul, 2013

    I love this recipe. I have made several variations of it. Our son doesn't like fruits and veggies so I have added a variety of baby food fruit to this recipe to make flavored pancakes that he will eat. I also use the advice from the bed and breakfast recipe from Whistling Swan to add beaten egg whites at the last minute to make them extra fluffy.

  • babettepepaj 4 Jul, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I made homemade pancake recipe with ricotta and honey. What I love about this recipe is that it's a great basic base - you can add anything you love it to make it unique. I leave sides of strawberries, blueberries and chopped nuts and coconut on the kitchen table and let the family make their own custom blends. This is great for holiday brunch!

  • viktoriya98gidenko 1 Jul, 2013

    These were really good.I added more sugar though, for a sweeter taste.

  • zainabrockstar 10 Jun, 2013

    they were nice, they tasted good, but did not reach upto my expectations

  • gracemliu 19 May, 2013

    This recipe yielded decently fluffy pancakes, especially given they didn't call for beaten egg whites. Given the ingredients, I thought these might be a little bland tasting, so I added some things I read on other sites that other people added such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon juice. These add-ins gave the pancakes a nice little kick. I then topped with fresh bananas and toasted walnuts. I think candied walnuts would've been nice. Maybe next time.

  • lupita garalv 13 May, 2013

    These are my family's favorite pancakes, they are simply delicious. We have also added 1 or 2 mashed bananas to the ingredients and OMG, they are yummy. My little though prefers the original in all kinds of shapes, too!! Try it you'll love these :)

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  • lipgloss_lies_5 28 Mar, 2013

    Amazing!!! a little less on the salt though and add vanilla extract. Thanks for sharing :)

  • deanne_ras 23 Mar, 2013

    WOW - I'm eating them right now - they are very light and fluffy. (and I hate to cook). Used the recipe as shown and also added a little vanilla. I will never buy pancake mix again.

  • andresalval 17 Mar, 2013

    Hello, we've just tried your recipe for pancake! Awesome!
    Easy to do and so good.
    The only mod was to use little bit less salt.

  • kazul24 11 Mar, 2013

    Tried this recipe for the first time this morning and I've got to say that this recipe makes the lightest, fluffiest pancakes I've ever hung a lip over. I am definitely sharing this recipe with friends and family.

  • triciasummers 3 Mar, 2013

    This recipe was great! I love make from scratch pancakes recipe. I also made this recipe last weekend and LOVED it!

  • krazygrrl9 2 Mar, 2013

    My batter was a bit thin, so I added a tablespoon or 2 more flour. But, the flavor was excellent. I could not have been more pleased with this recipe. Thank you, Martha! I'll never buy pancake mix again.

  • mathisa02 16 Feb, 2013

    I make this recipe vegan using ground flax as egg replacer and using half whole wheat flour. The flax lightens the density of the whole wheat and they are absolutley spectacular! Not to mention even healthier.

  • downeastdonna 9 Feb, 2013

    I just realized you only use the oven to keep them warm.. I never read the last past when making these, I just have the ingredient list written down. I do add cinnamon and vanilla to the pancakes, use oil vs butter, and do not add the sugar. Great recipe!

  • downeastdonna 9 Feb, 2013

    Our favorite pancake recipe, I make this at least once a week for my family. We do not use the oven and instead cook them right on the stove top. So light and fluffy! Great with sautéed strawberries and blueberries on top!

  • ricenbns 3 Feb, 2013

    this is da bombdiggity! I'm done with box pancakes! I added some cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to the recipe, they were soft, fluffy and yummy! thnx much!

  • aznbetty86 20 Jan, 2013

    Tasted good, but i mustve overwhisked it because it came out so flat. =\

  • agd31018 15 Jan, 2013

    These were really easy to make, but really delicious and fluffy. I didn't have really maple syrup on hand and I hate using the fake stuff, so I added a bit more sure and some cinnamon and just served with roasted apples. Fabulous!

  • melysa meilan 13 Jan, 2013

    These were great! Exactly as the recipe says, basic, but yummy. Very easy and quick - took just as long as adding all the wet ingredients to store bought mix. Would be great with whole wheat flour.

  • rachelwmail 12 Jan, 2013

    Perfect!! I couldn't believe how good these were!! (Stefanie, I couldn't help but wonder if you used baking soda instead of baking powder? Ive done that before and tastes bitter). I will be making these again and again!

  • stefhyett 1 Jan, 2013

    Per my previous post, was supposed to say strong, bitter after taste. Not butter.

  • stefhyett 1 Jan, 2013

    Had high hopes for these but was disappointed. Had a strong, butter after taste. Followed recipe to a T.

  • emi grace 19 Nov, 2012

    Fantastic recipe!! I've tried so many recipes of pancakes and this is by far the best! they turned out being everything a pancake should be. I used Self Raising Flour instead of all-purpose and baking powder, and that still worked a treat :) Thankyou !

  • tsmith 17 Nov, 2012

    Turned out great even tho I ran out of milk and used 1/3 cup 2% milk and 2/3 cup water! They were flatish, yet everyone loved them. Next time will be trying vanilla and cinnamon. Thanks Martha!

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  • mynewlifena 15 Nov, 2012

    It turned out great! I never make anything from scratch, so I am very glad I tried it!

  • sja430 11 Nov, 2012

    About 3 minutes more work than a mix, but so well worth it I don't think pancakes from a mix ever tasted so good. To awesome baker 77, how much vanilla did you add?

  • ingridyagi 9 Nov, 2012

    I love how easy it is! I'll add some vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon next time i make this.

  • girlwithcurlz 14 Aug, 2012

    This is my go to recipe for pancakes. It is so easy and delicious ... I am happy I never crossed the line and bought pancake mix. Recipes like this make me realize that somethings are really easy to do from scratch

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  • americangirlfan khan 21 Jul, 2012

    best pancakes evaaaa!!!!!!! i added vanilla extract and they turned out sooo good

  • gordonsmith_607 27 May, 2012

    Absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe however only put the 3 tsp of baking powder and they came out delightfully! The perfect pancake recipe for any day of the week! (the only downside was that it was so cold this morning that the butter re-solidified in the mixture!) and also if you use non stick cookware like scanpan a minimal amount of butter is needed to stop from sticking! Happy Cooking!

  • lawless2day 6 Apr, 2012

    I forgot to add that these made about 6 "normal sized" pancakes for think about doubling up if you really want to serve 4.

  • lawless2day 6 Apr, 2012

    These were fantastic! I highly recommend adding 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. I am very satisfied and they don't darken extremely quick so surely they cook thoroughly (nothing ickier than a gooey pancake). Try it! Great recipe!

  • ommare 27 Mar, 2012

    Wow! Just what I've been looking for... a simple basic recipe for Awesome Pancakes! Perfect for two. Light and fluffy, and tasty too. Tailor to suit... added cchips. The details on prep really helped... spooning the flour, whisking dry ingredients, and whisking wet ingredients. I beat the egg first, beat in the milk, then drizzled in melted butter while whisking. The eggs frothed, making for a super light batter. Also used aluminum free baking powder - you can really taste the difference.

  • jms7 6 Jan, 2012

    Great recipe!Easy and loved by all....I even added chocolate chips which added a very nice touch to this amazing recipe!

  • Zazzou 9 Dec, 2011

    Great recipe! Had a brunch with friends and made these. I added cinnamon to the batter to give it that little extra spunk. Also, I find that cooking pancakes with butter in stead of oil adds a nice flavor.

  • sherry101483 4 Dec, 2011

    made these for my son this morning.. they were a little watery and thin, but I take responsibility for that, as i tend to over mix... he really liked them tho! and i will totally give them another shot, mixing less!!! I never knew these were so easy!!! I always thought a box of bisquick was the ONLY way to make pancakes... till this morning when we were all out of the stuff!

  • KDifran 1 Oct, 2011

    What a great pancake recipe! So simple to make and a single batch is great for two people. Thanks for the tip to add a splash of vanilla to the wet mixture. I added a 1/2 tsp and that did the job. I also used cooking spray in between batches instead of oil. I definitely recommend this pancake recipe!

  • motheroftwo 31 Oct, 2010

    These pancakes are so easy to make. My kids love them. I also use this recipe when I make pancakes with shape molds. Did Star Wars last time. Fun!

  • oneandtripmom 23 Oct, 2010

    My 1 yr triplets and 3 yr old LOVED these pancakes! I was looking for a good substitute for my old standby Bisquik pancakes. I found them. They are easy to make and have great taste even with whole wheat flour. Yum!

  • Perfectionist101 20 Sep, 2010

    I made it and they are I just added 1tsp of vanilla essence to give it more flavour because I found it was a lilttle tasteless the first time I made them but the texture is great!!

  • Natasha1986 15 Sep, 2010

    I just made these pancakes for my children before school and i would have to disagree with Cheftb, they were thick and delicious. I would rate it a full 10/10. Perhaps, if you OVER BEAT the batter it might come out watery, but do as the recipe says and just whisk until moistened. Great Recipe. Thanks!

  • tanea crawford 6 Sep, 2010

    Good but batter is a bit watery. Tends to be the case for all of her pancake batters.

  • ghawkins522 19 Jul, 2010

    Well hopefully they work as waffles because that's what I'm doing for today.

  • britnym 13 Jul, 2010

    My family loves these! I use half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour and they turn out great.

  • rotsol 21 Jun, 2010

    Self raising flour has baking powder already added.
    To make extra fluffy pancakes, separate the egg, beat the white and fold into batter.

  • amilla 19 Apr, 2010

    I would imagine that all-purpose flour would probably be the same as plain flour

  • gull57 10 Apr, 2010

    What is all purpose flour in Australia we have Self Raising Flour and Plain Flour ?

  • gull57 10 Apr, 2010

    What is all purpose flour in Australia we have Self Raising Flour and Plain Flour ?

  • blazard 20 Feb, 2010

    Has anyone used whole wheat flour to sub. the all-purpose flour?

  • karlamareecruz 3 Nov, 2009

    Amazing! I have been searching for the perfect American Pancake and I have found it here. Light, Fluffy and Oh So Good!

  • moderngirlstyle_11398015_236 1 Oct, 2009

    To DIE FOR GOOD!!! Shame on me for having ever allowing my hubby to have bought a jumbo bag of pancake mix from Costco. There is NO comparison to the REAL DEAL!! Pre-mix will never taste as good as homemade, ever! Okay..did I mention that these were totally awesome!!! YUM!!!!

  • CRISTINAB 9 Jun, 2009

    These are soooo good. These are the first oopancakes I have ever made handmade and they are so good! They taste just like any ordiinary pancake. Plus, it saves me money from buying the pancake mix all the time from the store, and now, i can just make them handmade.

  • mrtourne 15 Feb, 2009

    So good and so easy - I add a bit of orange extract to the batter and they come out delicious

  • MerceCordero 20 Jan, 2009

    I made these over the weekend, and we loved them! Very cakey and delicious. Will never make store-bought pancakes again. These were too good.

  • tamayome 30 Dec, 2008

    I love this recipe! I've been making them since 2006. This Christmas I made a premix batch in a glass container, attached the recipe on a tag, and worte a personal note and ended with "I's a good thing." My sister loved it and her kids too.

  • krisx2 22 Nov, 2008

    I was terrible at making pancakes .... until I made these! Seriously, they were so good, and so easy. I made little ones for my kids using a tablespoon measure. I served them with homemade cranberry sauce and we had an excellent "breakfast for dinner!"

  • jiyeon83 8 Nov, 2008

    I just made these pancakes this morning and they were a hit! It was also my first time making pancakes! Thank you Martha and everyone who's commented on this recipe. The use of the oven is an awesome tip! I also used what I learned from the "Pancakes 101" instructions to put the extra ingredients (blueberries) in after pouring the batter on the skillet.

  • taxgirlee 13 Oct, 2008

    I have been making this recipe every Saturday morning for about 6 months! It is really great, just a few tweaks and we have the best pancakes in the world!! I do NOT add the butter, just the 1 tblsp of vegetable oil. I double the recipe, then have extras and freeze them for quick breakfasts during the week. Also, and here is the secret to the fluffiest pancakes ever...after you mix all of the ingredients together, let it sit for 15 minutes.

  • NicoleCh 2 Oct, 2008

    I've been making these for several years now and they are my favorites. I've never really cared for pancakes until trying this recipe. These are so good and have a nice buttery flavor. I usually make the larger recipe and then just measure out what I need each time I make them. They're so much better than a boxed mix.

  • venusmirrors 23 Aug, 2008

    these were sooo great and fluffy! for the topping i added a few peaches i canned about a month ago, i warmed them up and added a little cinnamon on top! w/ some butter mmmmm.

  • kaypshaw 28 Jul, 2008

    I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't make pancakes from scratch after trying this recipe. So simple and really, really light, fluffy and delicious. I normally don't do well with pancakes because they are so heavy, but these are perfect.

  • tamuiria_sykes 6 Jul, 2008

    This is a GREAT recipe!!! Super easy and super fast! These are the BEST pancakes I've ever made! I've already committed this recipe to memory!

  • michellelee 27 May, 2008

    Easy peasy! I used confectioner's sugar and increased the amount (i love my pancakes sweet). Delicious!

  • shelshok 13 Apr, 2008

    Wonderful! I am not a cook at all and I made these in 5 minutes and they are delicious. The only adjustment I made was splitting the flour half whole wheat and half all-purpose. I highly recommend!

  • Suhaida 12 Apr, 2008

    my family loves it! i use blender to mix the ingredients, keep in the frigde overnight and make them in the morning for breakfast. save time for busy working mum but need to prepare good food for family. try it!

  • fainty_girl 23 Feb, 2008

    These pancakes are lovely! They have a really light and fluffy texture and a buttery flavour.

    I doubled the mixture and used 3 tablespoons of sugar instead of 4.

  • mischelleinmaui 22 Feb, 2008

    This recipe is all we use now. In the associated article 'Pancakes with Allie" are the variations for Buttermilk, Whole Wheat and more. We use the WW with Buttermilk(instead of yogurt). If you don't have buttermilk, try substituting with milk and a tsp of vinegar or lemon juice. They are exceptional.. Spiced with some cinnamon, splash of vanilla, and you can't go wrong. The mix stores very well.

  • lth1031 21 Feb, 2008

    These are amazing!! I scaled back on the sugar by half, threw in bananas with blueberries or strawberries, and added a little bit of ground cinnamon for flavor to make up for the halved sugar. Result: Tasty and healthy!!

  • skhunt13 20 Feb, 2008

    My kids used to refuse pancakes because they were so heavy. Now I have to double the recipe and keep the mix on hand. My husband loves them, too!

  • josephinebat10 14 Feb, 2008

    I'd like to add that our 4 and 6 yr old grand-daughters love to make this for Nanna and Pappa for breakfast when they come over for a sleep-over. They like them especially with raspberry jam and cream or maple syrup and cream.

  • josephinebat10 14 Feb, 2008

    I make my pancakes with buttermilk as it makes them lighter. Besides the topping already suggested we top ours with a sprinkling of sugar then a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice. YUM.

  • kmldavis 10 Feb, 2008

    These pancakes are great. I doubled the recipe, added 1 tsp of vanilla and substituted soy milk for milk. I made 15 pancakes. Keeping them warm in the oven made serving them easier.

  • rozieg 6 Feb, 2008

    I usually make my pancakes with a buttermilk biscuit mix, I was at my son's and they wanted pancakes, but now buttermilk mix, so I got online remembering a segment on pancakes years ago on Martha Stewart, and there was this recipe. These are wonderful. I will never make my pancakes any other way again! Perfect flavor, light and delicious! Thanks Martha!

  • JennyBop 27 Jan, 2008

    Very easy and kids loved them. You need to double the recipe.

  • theatherly 10 Jan, 2008

    I made breakfast for dinner tonight. My kids LOVED these pancakes. And yes, these are SO SIMPLE!!!

  • sparilis 16 Dec, 2007

    I love this recipe because its so simple. I've made it several times in the last few months and it's always been a hit. Now, if I could just commit it to memory, I'd be all set. :-) Also -- the whole wheat pancake recipe on this web site is a little more complicated, so I just modified this one. I substitute the all-purpose flour with White Whole Wheat and increase the milk to 1 1/4 Cups and be sure to let the batter rest for at least 10 minutes.

  • lomaxc 25 Nov, 2007

    I have never liked pancakes and refused to make them or eat them. I saw this recipe and decided to try it for my husband and son. I loved these pancakes! Now that I have a great and simple recipe I serve up pancakes that are not frozen and my husband and son are extremely happy.

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