This is my mom’s pancake recipe. She always said that pancakes were the easiest breakfast to make. And the easiest recipe to remember. In fact, you didn’t really need a recipe according to Mom. It was just “1-1-1.” One of everything except for the salt which you cut in half. Funny thing….. Mom was right! Not only is this an easy recipe to make, but it makes delicious, fluffy pancakes. The trick is not to overmix the batter. You want to gently stir the flour and baking powder into the liquid ingredients until the flour is just moistened and you’ve broken up any large lumps. Little lumps are okay. As Mom put it, “don’t worry about it. They’ll disappear during cooking.”
This recipe makes about 4 pancakes (more if you make small ones) but the nice thing is that you can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe if you’re feeding more than two people. Set out some butter and syrup and have at it!
- 1 cup flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole milk (substitute buttermilk for buttermilk pancakes)
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- In a medium bowl, beat the egg, milk, sugar, and salt together until well-blended.
- Add the flour and baking powder, and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix! You want your batter to be lumpy.
- Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes to give any lumps a chance to absorb some moisture.
- While the batter’s resting, preheat your griddle to 375°F.
- Spread a little butter or margarine on the griddle and pour a scoop of batter onto it. Try not to put too much batter. Remember, the bigger the pancake, the harder it is to flip. You want about 1/3 cup of batter per pancake.
- When the pancake is starting to get filled with bubbles and the edges start looking dry, that’s your sign that it’s time to flip the pancake over.
- After you flip it over, it takes only a minute or two for the other side to cook.
- Serve warm with butter and syrup.
VARIATIONS: You can add things like blueberries, sliced bananas, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, etc. to the pancake batter for a variation on the basic recipe.