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How to Make Fast-and-Easy, Fluffy Pancakes

One beautiful, fluffy, homemade pancake.
One beautiful, fluffy, homemade pancake. | Source
Cast your vote for pancakes!

How many different ways are there to make pancakes? Who really knows for sure. All I know is that pancakes are more versatile than almost any other breakfast food out there.

The great things about this recipe is that the pancakes are very fluffy, and they aren't sickening sweet. They are soft on the inside but have just enough sugar in them to create a crunchy exterior. That combination creates a medley of textures that is pleasing and very satisfying when you eat them.

Yes, you can add things like chocolate chips, blueberries, and nuts into this batter. When I decide to do that I simply put the pancake down into the pan like I always do and then sprinkle the ingredient that I'm wanting on top of the batter. You are able to make sure the addition is evenly dispersed throughout the entire pancake by doing it that way.

These also freeze very well! I always allow them to completely cool then place them between layers of wax or freezer paper. Pop the layered pancakes into a freezer bag or container then place them in your freezer and they will last for a couple of weeks. Mine never last longer than the weekend because once everyone finds out that there are pancakes in the freezer, that's what they want for breakfast.

To reheat them just take them out and place them in a single layer on a plate and microwave for one to two minutes. A very simple breakfast is right at your fingertips with this pancake recipe.

The Fluffiest Pancake Ever

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  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 6 to 8 Pancaked depending on the size

Ingredients for Plain Fluffy Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted

How to Make Plain Fluffy Pancakes

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients. The flour, baking powder, salt and add the sugar to this mix. Make sure that they are combined well and all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Wish the egg, vanilla and milk together until well combined.
  3. Add the melted butter to the milk/vanilla/egg mixture. This is why it is important for your egg and milk to be room tempeture. The butter will not glop up on you if everything is room tempeture.
  4. Wisk the wet ingredients until well combined.
  5. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients.
  6. Add the egg/milk/butter/vanilla mixture to the dry ingredients.
  7. Mix using your wisk, fork or spoon. Do not overmix! You just want everything combined and lumps are fine.
  8. Allow the batter to sit undisturbed for a few minutes. You will see bubbles starting to form on the top. That's science! The baking powder is starting to do its job.
  9. While the batter is resting, preheat your pan that you want to cook your pancakes in. I cook mine on medium heat. I used a nonstick skillet but an iron skillet with a little butter or oil melted in it would be great for cooking these too.
  10. If you are using a pancake dispenser, transfer the batter into the dispenser. If not, you can use a ladle or a 1/3 cup measuring cup to dip the batter out of the bowl into the skillet.
  11. Once you have poured your pancake batter into the pan, you'll want to wait a few minutes before you flip it over. You'll see the edges start to bubble. The edges of the pancake will also start to dry and you may see a bit of browning starting. That's your tell tale sign that it is time to flip your pancake over.
  12. Cook on the second side for a couple of minutes until golden brown. If you aren't sure that the middle of the pancake is cooked you can insert a toothpick or butter knife into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the pancake is done.
  13. Remove the pancake from the skillet and place on a plate or in a dish. You can keep them warm by keeping them covered with a towel or keeping them in a slightly warmed oven.
  14. You can put a pat of butter on the top of each pancake as it comes out of the skillet to add just a little bit more yum to your pancake breakfast!

How to Make Plain Fluffy Pancakes in Photos

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Dry ingredients sifted together in a bowl.Combine the egg, vanilla and milk.  Wisk until well combines.Everything has been wisked together nicely!Create a well in the flour mixture and dump your wet ingredients into the bowl.Mix everything together but don't over mix!  You want the ingredients to just be combined.  Lumps are your friend.Let the batter rest for a few minutes so the baking powder can work its magic.  Get your skillet ready!  If you are using a pancake dispenser, after the batter has rested you can pour it into your dispenser and get ready to cook some pancakes!Put your pancake down in the pan either using your dispenser or you can use a 1/3 cup measuring cup or a ladle.  I'm using a non-stick skillet but you can opt to add butter or oil to the pan if you are using an iron skillet.Allow the pancake to cook until the edges start to bubble and dry out a bit.  You might even see a little browning.  It's time to flip!After the pancake is flipped, allow it to cook on the other side for a few minutes.  If you want to make sure that the center is done, insert a toothpick or a butter knife to center.  If it comes out clean your pancake is done!I always put peanut butter and syrup on mine but there are endless possibilities on toppings for this recipe!  Enjoy your fluffy pancakes!
Dry ingredients sifted together in a bowl.
Dry ingredients sifted together in a bowl. | Source
Combine the egg, vanilla and milk.  Wisk until well combines.
Combine the egg, vanilla and milk. Wisk until well combines. | Source
Everything has been wisked together nicely!
Everything has been wisked together nicely! | Source
Create a well in the flour mixture and dump your wet ingredients into the bowl.
Create a well in the flour mixture and dump your wet ingredients into the bowl. | Source
Mix everything together but don't over mix!  You want the ingredients to just be combined.  Lumps are your friend.
Mix everything together but don't over mix! You want the ingredients to just be combined. Lumps are your friend. | Source
Let the batter rest for a few minutes so the baking powder can work its magic.  Get your skillet ready!  If you are using a pancake dispenser, after the batter has rested you can pour it into your dispenser and get ready to cook some pancakes!
Let the batter rest for a few minutes so the baking powder can work its magic. Get your skillet ready! If you are using a pancake dispenser, after the batter has rested you can pour it into your dispenser and get ready to cook some pancakes! | Source
Put your pancake down in the pan either using your dispenser or you can use a 1/3 cup measuring cup or a ladle.  I'm using a non-stick skillet but you can opt to add butter or oil to the pan if you are using an iron skillet.
Put your pancake down in the pan either using your dispenser or you can use a 1/3 cup measuring cup or a ladle. I'm using a non-stick skillet but you can opt to add butter or oil to the pan if you are using an iron skillet. | Source
Allow the pancake to cook until the edges start to bubble and dry out a bit.  You might even see a little browning.  It's time to flip!
Allow the pancake to cook until the edges start to bubble and dry out a bit. You might even see a little browning. It's time to flip! | Source
After the pancake is flipped, allow it to cook on the other side for a few minutes.  If you want to make sure that the center is done, insert a toothpick or a butter knife to center.  If it comes out clean your pancake is done!
After the pancake is flipped, allow it to cook on the other side for a few minutes. If you want to make sure that the center is done, insert a toothpick or a butter knife to center. If it comes out clean your pancake is done! | Source
I always put peanut butter and syrup on mine but there are endless possibilities on toppings for this recipe!  Enjoy your fluffy pancakes!
I always put peanut butter and syrup on mine but there are endless possibilities on toppings for this recipe! Enjoy your fluffy pancakes! | Source

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Toppings for Your Fluffly Old Fashioned Pancakes

There are so many more options to pancake toppings than just butter and syrup. Granted that old standby combo works very well with these, there is also room for experimentation. Allow your imagination to take over!

I will sometimes add banana and nuts for something different. There are also many flavored syrup options, fresh fruits and whipped cream. Chocolate drizzled over the top or chocolate chips are another fantastic option for these pancakes.

Let your imagination go and see just how many flavorful combinations you can come up with. Let there never be a dull moment when you make the choice to eat pancakes.

Sometimes it's nice to add something different to top off your yummy breakfast pancakes.
Sometimes it's nice to add something different to top off your yummy breakfast pancakes. | Source

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Rachel L Alba 5 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Helena, I love, love, love, pancakes. I thought my husband and I were the only ones who liked fresh sliced bananas on our pancakes. Those walnuts look so good too. I love your recipe and pinned it. I will be making them next. We are on a low carb diet, but once a week we still eat pancakes. Thanks for sharing your scrumptious recipe.

Blessings to you.


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Blond Logic 5 weeks ago from Brazil

You wouldn't think a thing like pancakes could cause a ruckus in a house but they do in ours. I'm American and married to a Brit. He insists on calling crepes pancakes. I tell him they are't 'proper' pancakes. We will often have crepes (aka pancakes) as a light evening meal too.

It has been so long since I have had a pancake like your recipe, I think it is time for a change.

I foresee breakfast tomorrow being something special.

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