Basic Homemade Pancake Recipe

There's nothing better than a stack of flapjacks for breakfast. These fluffy treats pair well with just about any other breakfast food and can be served with eggs, bacon, and anything else that you can think of. Most of the time, when people think easy pancakes, they think of a boxed mix, but we're here to tell you that great pancakes can be made from scratch, and they're surprisingly easy. This recipe calls for just six ingredients, and it takes no time to complete.

Susan Olayinka is the mastermind behind this simple recipe. She shares that her favorite part about it is how simple it is. "The pancakes are so fluffy. It's pancake day every Saturday in my house, so we love pancakes!" she raves. Keep scrolling for more details on how to whip together your new favorite breakfast dish, which is sure to be a hit for your family or anyone you have over for breakfast.

Gather the ingredients to make your pancakes

Don't worry: This step is plenty easy, considering that only a few ingredients are needed. You will need to grab all-purpose flour, sugar, and butter. In addition, this recipe requires a few eggs, milk, and baking powder. As optional ingredients, you can get butter and maple syrup for serving. In addition, a fresh fruit topping is a perfect complement to the stack of pancakes. Now, it's time to get the cooking party started. 

Prep the mix

To begin the cooking process, take out a mixing bowl and a sieve. Sift the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and sugar into the bowl. Next, take the butter and place it into a microwave-safe bowl. Set the timer for 10 to 12 seconds. Please note that cooking times will vary based on your microwave.

Now, you can add the eggs, milk, and melted butter into the same bowl as the dry ingredients. Take out a whisk and whisk everything together until it's well-combined. That does it for the mixing part of the recipe. Wasn't it surprisingly easy? Now, it's time to get cooking.

Cook the pancakes

Take out a large nonstick pan, and set it to medium heat. Then, get out a quarter-cup measuring cup and use it to scoop your batter into the pan. Work in batches, putting only a few pancakes in the pan at a time to cook. If you'd like to cook more at once, a griddle would be a great alternative to a pan, but just make sure it's nonstick. You can add as many pancakes as will fit, but do not overcrowd your pan, as you don't want the pancakes to stick together. 

Finish cooking

Once you add the pancakes to the heat, cook each until it turns golden brown. It should take just about three minutes on the first side. Once you flip the pancake over, it will only take about two minutes for the other side. Repeat these steps until you're all out of batter. The outside should look similar to the photo and get that nice, golden crust in the middle. Aren't they already looking drool-worthy?

Serve your easy pancakes

Once you cook all of the pancakes, you can serve them to your lucky guests. It's best to serve them while they're hot. Olayinka recommends serving them with fruit and maple syrup. You can also use any other toppings that you desire, like chocolate chips. 

If you have leftovers, you can freeze them for an easy breakfast. "Just put a sheet of baking paper between each sheet," Olayinka shares. "Then pop in the toaster to cook."

Basic Homemade Pancake Recipe
5 from 26 ratings
There's nothing better than a stack of flapjacks for breakfast. These fluffy treats pair well with just about any other breakfast food.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Basic homemade pancakes on plate
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅛ cup butter + extra for the pan
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
Optional Ingredients
  • Fresh fruit and berries, for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Butter, for serving
  1. Get a mixing bowl and a sieve and sift the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and sugar.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave for 10 to 12 seconds.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, and ⅛ cup melted butter in the same bowl as the dry ingredients. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Add butter to a large nonstick pan set to medium heat. Working in batches, scoop out batter in ¼-cup portions and add to pan.
  5. Cook the pancakes until golden brown, about 3 minutes, before flipping to the other side and cooking for another 2 minutes. Repeat until you're all out of batter.
  6. Serve pancakes immediately with fruit, drizzled with maple syrup, or any other desired toppings.
Calories per Serving 151
Total Fat 4.1 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 38.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 6.3 g
Sodium 125.2 mg
Protein 4.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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