How to Make Pancakes

Batter up! Start your day off right with this breakfast home run. Learn how to make fluffy pancakes from scratch with our quick and easy pancake recipes.

When it comes to pancakes, it'€™s all in the flip! Watch as our Test Kitchen expert shares her secrets to knowing when to flip and her technique for cooking this breakfast staple.

How to Make Buttermilk Pancakes

Making pancakes is a cinch, and our beloved buttermilk pancake recipe will give you a reason to boast at the breakfast table. We've supplied variations and mix-ins for the ultimate flapjack, so you can master how to make perfect pancakes!

This pancake recipe takes about 25 minutes, start to finish, and makes 12 standard-size pancakes or 40 mini pancakes.

Step 1: Make the Batter

Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl stir together 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Tip: To save time in the morning, combine the dry ingredients the evening before in a resealable storage bag.

Wet Ingredients

In another bowl use a fork to slightly beat 1 egg. Stir in 1-1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk (see tip) and 3 tablespoons cooking oil.

Tip: To make sour milk, place 4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to equal 1-1/2 cups total liquid. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.

Mix the Batter

Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy as in the photo above). Do not overmix the batter or the pancakes will be tough.

Step 2: Cook Pancakes

For standard-size pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet, using a 1/4-cup measure or scoop and spreading the batter with a wooden spoon if necessary (see photo, above).

For dollar-size pancakes, use about 1 tablespoon batter per pancake.

Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until pancakes are golden brown. Pancakes are ready to turn over when top surfaces are bubbly and the edges look slightly dry (see photo, above).

Step 3: Top & Serve

Serve pancakes immediately when hot, or transfer to an oven-safe platter or pan, cover with foil, and keep warm in a 200 degrees F oven for up to 20 minutes.

Top with softened butter and syrup. Try making your own maple or citrus syrup!

Add Fruit

If desired, stir your choice of the following fruits into pancake batter:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh apple, apricot, peach, nectarine, or pear
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apple, pear, apricot, raisins, currants, dates, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, or mixed dried fruit


  • Plain Pancakes: Prepare Buttermilk Pancakes as above, and substitute milk for buttermilk. Increase baking powder to 1 tablespoon and omit baking soda. 
  • Whole Wheat Pancakes: Prepare Buttermilk Pancakes as above; substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour and packed brown sugar for granulated sugar.
  • Buckwheat Pancakes: Prepare Buttermilk Pancakes as above; use 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and add 1 cup buckwheat flour.
  • Cornmeal Pancakes: Prepare Buttermilk Pancakes as abovel; use 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and add 1/2 cup cornmeal.
  • Bran Pancakes: Prepare Buttermilk Pancakes as above; use 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and add 1/4 cup oat bran, wheat bran, or toasted wheat germ.

Pancake Recipes to Try:

More Pancake Ideas

Pile up a guilt-free stack of golden two-ingredient pancakes. Chances are you've got the ingredients on hand. Don't forget a big drizzle of maple syrup.


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