Is there really anything better than a big stack of fluffy homemade pancakes?? I have a few pancake recipe variations on Budget Bytes already, but it was high time I added an easy, go-to homemade pancake recipe to the collection. Making pancakes is pretty easy, but I’ve got a few tips and tricks for you to make sure your pancakes are the fluffiest and tastiest stack around!
What are Pancakes Made Of?
Pancake batter is really simple. You only need a few basic pantry staples: milk, butter, egg, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Plus I add a little vanilla extract for a little more depth of flavor. The batter only takes minutes to mix together, then you’re on your way to a cozy homemade pancake breakfast.
What Makes a Fluffy Pancake?
Baking powder is responsible for leavening the pancake, but other ingredients and techniques will affect how well the baking powder works. Here are a few tips to make sure your pancakes are extra soft and fluffy:
- Make sure your baking powder is fresh. Check the expiration date or do a quick test to make sure it is still active. Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking powder into a cup of hot water. If it fizzes, the baking powder is still active.
- Don’t over stir the batter. Stir just until the flour is moistened and a few lumps remain. Over stirring the batter will develop the gluten in the flour and make the pancakes rubbery rather than soft and fluffy.
- Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after mixing. This allows the flour to fully hydrate and the remaining lumps to soften without the need for more stirring.
- The batter should be thick, but still pourable. If the batter is too runny, your pancakes will be thin. If the batter is too thick, the pancakes can turn out slightly dry. So you may need to adjust the amount of milk in the batter to get just the right consistency.
My favorite part about making homemade pancakes is having fun with the toppings. There are so many more options for pancakes than just butter and maple syrup! Here are some ideas:
- Jam or jelly
- Peanut or almond butter
- Lemon Curd
- Powdered sugar
- Fresh fruit
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
- Hot Buttered Apples
What is your favorite thing to put on pancakes?
Fluffy Homemade Pancakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.07)
- 1.5 tsp baking powder ($0.03)
- 1/2 tsp salt ($0.03)
- ¾ cup +2 Tbsp warm milk* ($0.02)
- 2 Tbsp melted butter ($0.20)
- 1 large egg ($0.21)
- 2 Tbsp sugar ($0.02)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
- 4 tsp cooking oil ($0.05)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The mixture should be thick, but still pourable, and a little bit lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium. Once hot add enough cooking oil to coat the surface (I use about ½ tsp per pancake). Add the pancake batter to the hot griddle, ¼ cup at a time. Use the back of the measuring cup to spread the batter into a 4.5-inch diameter circle.
- Cook the pancakes until bubbles form over the surface and begin to pop, the edges of the pancakes look dry, and the bottom is golden brown (about 60 seconds). Flip the pancakes and cook on the second side until golden brown (about 30 seconds).
- Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet between batches or as needed, until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Keep the pancakes warm on a plate under a towel or in a warm oven until all of the pancakes have been cooked. Serve warm with your favorite toppings!
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How to Make Fluffy Homemade Pancakes – Step by Step Photos
Whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together ¾ cup warm milk, 2 Tbsp melted butter, 1 large egg, 2 Tbsp sugar, and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.
Stir just until there is no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. It’s okay if there are a few lumps left in the batter, just make sure to not over stir. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
The pancake batter should be thick, but still pourable. If the batter is thin, the pancakes will be thin. Thicker batter will make thicker pancakes. But if the batter is too thick the pancakes can be a bit dry. So add a touch more milk, if needed, to make the batter thick but pourable.
Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once hot, brush some cooking oil over the surface.
Scoop ¼ cup of the batter onto the skillet and use the measuring cup to spread it out into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter). Cook the pancakes until the surface are covered in bubbles and some of them have burst open. You can cook multiple pancakes at once. I just did one at a time for demonstration purposes.
Flip the pancake and cook until golden brown on the second side. You may need to adjust the heat up or down as you cook the pancakes to maintain even cooking.
Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet in batches, until all of the pancakes are cooked. Place the pancakes on a plate and cover with a clean dish towel to keep warm as you cook the rest of the batch.
Enjoy the pancakes with your favorite toppings!
Can you use bread flour instead of all purpose flour
We haven’t tested it with bread flour, though I’m assuming the result will be denser and chewier.
I halved the recipe and added 1/4 tsp of baking soda to act with the milk + vinegar mixture (buttermilk). It made 3 pancakes, and they were the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten! This was the first BudgetBytes recipe I’ve ever tried, and it turned out great!
I had a very hard time cooking these, and the batter ended up being VERY thick. Yet in the end the pancakes still tasted okay, it was a struggle lol.
These were delicious! Is there a recipe for making a large batch of dry ingredients to store for future use? If so, what would you recommend?
We don’t have that on the website, but if you increase the number in the servings box in the recipe card it will automatically scale up the ingredient amounts for you and then you could mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and store that for later. You’d just have to be really careful about accurately measuring out the dry ingredients later when you make a batch so that the batter has the right consistency after you add the wet ingredients. :)
SO AMAZING!!! These pancakes were absolutely incredible. They’re fluffy and soft and the taste is great!
OMG these are literally the best pancakes ever!!!!!!
Doubled the recipe and came out a bit too wet for my taste. Used 1.75 cups of milk and then added an extra 1/4 cup of AP flour and it was nearly perfect. Will definitely make this again.
Literally the best pancakes ever thanks so much for sharing
WHOA! Talk about soft fluffy pillows of yum!! I saved this recipe and will continue to use it in the future!
Side note- I used a waffle iron and added a really sad apple that was on my counter (Thank you Kathy for the great tip in the comments!)
AMAZING !! simple and so delicious 🤩
These were very chewy and salty! Not sure why we would need 1/2 tsp salt.
These made delicious pancakes (and waffles) for a holiday party! Two batches of batter was plenty to feed five people, with some leftovers to nibble on throughout the day.
I second what Tom said – when I see a BB recipe, I know it’s going to be a good one!
Can these be made in a skillet and baked like your skillet pancake recipe?
Hi, Kristina! Since we didn’t test this recipe with that technique, I can’t promise you will have equally successful results. (In theory, it should work out just fine, and the ingredients are nearly the same. The main difference is that Beth uses oil instead of butter in this recipe because it can be heated to a higher temperature without burning. That’s important when making on the stovetop but not so much in the oven.) Instead, I would suggest using the ingredient list and steps for the skillet pancake recipe instead, simply omitting the cinnamon-sugar swirl if you want plain pancakes. ~ marion :)
Thank you Beth and the team – as a UK resident your recipes and perspectives have brought a great deal of warmth, flavour, and care to my life. I know I can trust a BB recipe to be a good one! I’m adding my review here as this one seems to be getting little attention in comparison to your others!
These pancakes were brilliant, and turned out exactly as expected. I have a store in my freezer to go with bacon when I fancy. Keep up the brilliant work!