Easy Recipe for The Best Pancakes

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I have to start this post by saying my grandma made the best pancakes ever ever ever. I was 11 when she passed away but can still remember the smell and taste and texture of these pancakes. You didn’t even need syrup because they were so fluffy and sweet… and that means a lot coming from someone who drowns her food in any sauce and condiment she can get her hands on! Breakfast with grandma’s pancakes was the next best thing to having cupcakes for breakfast!

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Some of my fondest memories of food as a child were these pancakes and I miss my grandma and her pancake recipe more than you know! From what I understand, she wrote the recipe down several times, but since she never really measured the ingredients when she made them, no one ever duplicated her recipe exactly and I am beginning to think she must have had some magic touch or something.

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Since her passing almost exactly 17 years ago from today, several of her 10 daughters have searched high and low for a recipe similar to the one she used and nothing even tweaked or copied has come close… until now! My aunt Candace emailed me in February saying she has found the closest recipe yet! I have made these pancakes probably 5 times in the last 3 months and though not exactly what I remember them to be, these pancakes are fantastic!

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The Best Pancake Recipe

from Candace Davenport

*Makes about 16 pancakes


  • 2 2/3 cups sifted flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 tbs. cooking oil


  1. In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together to eggs, milk and oil.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. *Don’t over mix, the batter will be lumpy.
  4. Bake on your griddle or stove top until golden brown on both sides.

My husband thinks I have this perfect thought in my mind of how the pancakes were and even if this recipe is 100x’s better than my grandma’s, I won’t ever let anything compare!!!   … he’s probably right.

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This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in April 2010.

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Love Being a Nonny says

    Printed this out. I will try it and try using whole wheat flour…hope it will be as good. Thanks for this!

  2. The Neglected Nest says

    We have the same thing happening in our family, only it was my grandfather who died when I was 14 robbing us of his incredible apple pies. We've all tried dozens and dozens of apple pie recipes, but non have even come close. Now I don't really even like apple pie. I think maybe your husband is right: it was our love for them and the memories created over that food that make them impossible to recreate.

  3. bedelia says

    My sisters and I are constantly trying to re-create what Grandma made. We even have her recipes but can't figure how she tweeked them to make them so good. She had a pie made with saltine crackers that was sooooo good.

    And I look forward to trying this recipe. I can't make good pancakes for the life of me. Maybe a sure fire recipe will help.

  4. becca says

    I was wondering about the recipe card. How did you make it. My recipes are in need of a serious make over and I am not sure where to start.

  5. Tam @ Sew Dang Cute says

    I just made these this morning and they were DELISH!!! Definitely the best pancakes I've ever had and my entire family LOVED them!!! THANK YOU!!!

  6. Anaisa says

    Hi!!, i want to make this pancakes but i don’t know if you use all purpose flour or cake flour, can you tell me? Thanks!

  7. Galya says

    I just made these and they turned out great! I’m an international student in the States, but I’m home for the summer and I just made these for my family. They loved them! The best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are so easy to find anywhere! Thank you so much!

    • Stephanie says

      I am so glad you and your family enjoyed these! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a nice comment!

  8. Monica Williams says

    These were absolutely amazing! My search for the perfect pancake is over!!! I’ve made a ton of different pancake recipes and to tell you the truth this one is the only one I can say I totally LOVE! & the best part is that I always have all of these ingredients on hand. I hate other recipes that call for buttermilk because I have to make a special trip to the store and even then those pancake recipes were never as good as THIS one! Thank you so much for posting!

    • Stephanie says

      I have never tried it, but I don’t see why not! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out. :)

  9. Dona says

    My Mom always separated the eggs and beat the egg whites and then added them at the last….just gently folded them in the batter.wonder if that makes any difference ?

    • Stephanie says

      I am not sure, I just follow the directions and if it doesn’t turn out I toss the entire recipe! :)

  10. Lonelle Visagie says

    I was very excited to try this, and halved the recipe. What a flop! It was way too runny and after a few attempts I dumped it down the drain! I know there are some recipes that can’t be halved, is this perhaps one of them?

    • Stephanie says

      Hmmmm, I have never halved the recipe before, but this batter is actually on the thicker side, so it hasn’t ever been runny for me. I am sorry it didn’t turn out for you- that is very frustrating!

    • Jessica says

      I also halved the recipe. Although my batter seemed thick, my pancakes came out really flat and thin :( They had really good flavor, but I don’t think this recipe was meant to be halved.

  11. Natalie says

    BEST PANCAKE RECIPE EVER!! I was wondering if the batter was fridge stable over night?
    Nat xo

    • Stephanie says

      I am so glad you like it Natalie! Thanks for leaving your comment! And I am not sure about saving the batter over night- I’ve never tried it. If you end up trying it, please let me know how it turns out for you. Have a great night………..

  12. Natalie says

    Hi! I tried it and it was fine! I’ve also shared it with my friends who also love it! Thankyou!

  13. says

    On your instruction #4, you said to bake on your griddle until brown (or cook on your stove top). Could you please tell me what temperature, the rack number you placed the griddle on your oven , and if you have to flip the pancakes over.

    Thank you!

    • Stephanie says

      I don’t use the griddle in the oven, I use my electric griddle- sorry about that, I should specify!

  14. Strphanie says


    I wanted to share how much we love your recipe! We are in South Africa and can’t ever seem to find good pancake mixes here. I’ve been making them from scratch for 4 years and this is by far the best. Thanks for posting!

    • The Creative Team of Somewhat Simple says

      I’m SO glad you like them, Strphanie! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Suzie K. says

    Just wanted to drop a line to say I made these cakes for my granddaughter, adding choc chips, and part of the batch without; they both turned out wonderfully delicious! Since I made more than we were going to eat, I cooked, then froze the remaining cakes per instructions I found online…my daughter in-law just zaps one or two in the microwave for my granddaughter before school, and they taste absolutely delicious…SOOO much better than a store-bought frozen pancake…cheaper too! Thanks very much for this recipe…definitely a keeper!

  16. Manda says

    Way too much baking powder and sugar. I cut both in half (1/2 cup sugar and 3 tsp baking powder). I also added vanilla :) They turned out fantastic.

  17. Yvette says

    Hello all the way from the Netherlands!
    I want to try this recipe but I’m unsure about this cooking oil. What kind of oil is this? What do I need to use? Could I use butter instead?


  18. Rachelle says

    These are fantastic! If they please my very picky and junk food craving bonus daughters palate (her mothers doing NOT mine) then they are a success! Even though these are super good, the second time around I did try substituting some healthier alternatives. I used half all purpose and wheat flour, Truvia for sugar, unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the milk, and virgin organic coconut oil for vegetable oil. And added a dash of cinnamon. They are still super good! My daughter didn’t have a clue they were healthier. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  19. susanne mayr says

    Hi, I tried your pancakes this Morning… They were realy delicious….. Greetings from Germany