This is my grandma’s secret recipe for the best homemade pancakes. They are fluffy, sweet, and guaranteed to be the best you’ll ever eat!
Simple Homemade Pancakes
My grandma made the best pancakes ever. They were so good, that you didn’t even need syrup because they were so fluffy and sweet
Some of my fondest memories of food as a child were eating pancakes at grandma’s house. I loved having sleepovers at her house for a lot of reasons, but topping the list was definitely because breakfast the next day was always a treat.
Having grandma’s pancakes in the morning was as good as having cupcakes for breakfast! They were so deliciously sweet!
Since her passing almost exactly 25 years ago, several of her 10 daughters have searched high and low for a recipe similar to the one she used, but nothing even tweaked or copied has come close… until now!
I should probably put in some sort of sugar disclaimer, are you ready for this? These pancakes use a lot of sugar! (Which is what I remember about my grandma’s pancakes too!)
And I wish I could apologize for this amount of sugar or offer an alternative, but I’m not even sorry about it because they taste so good! If you’re looking for a sugar-free or healthier pancake recipe, you might want to pass on this. (No worries or offense taken, we can still be friends!)
How To Make Homemade Pancakes
Making pancakes from scratch is almost as easy as buying the mix from the store, but they taste so much better! Here’s how to make them –
- Baking powder (See my video above for what happens when you use baking soda instead of baking powder!)
- Cooking oil
Dry Ingredients – The first thing you’ll want to do is add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a bowl. Whisk everything together until it’s completely blended together.
Wet Ingredients – In a separate small bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, and oil.
Combine – Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir it until everything is moist. Be careful not to overmix the pancake batter. There will still be small lumps, and that’s OK.
Cook – Pour a little vegetable oil onto the large skillet/ griddle or frying pan over medium heat, then ladle about 1/4 -1/3 cup of the batter over the oil.
Cook each pancake until golden brown on each side. You’ll know when to flip the pancakes when you see small bubbles in the center.
If your pancakes start to burn before the centers are cooked through, turn your heat down.
Serve – Pour some maple syrup or Homemade Buttermilk Syrup over the top of your fluffy pancake, or add your favorite toppings, and serve.
Recipe Tip –
I learned from my mother-in-law to put a small cap full of vegetable oil on your griddle before pouring your batter. Here’s why –
The pancake on the left was made without pouring oil on the griddle. It browns nice and evenly and tastes great, BUT the pancake on the right is cooked on top of the oil, so the outside is just a little crispy and the inside is still soft and fluffy! It is DELICIOUS!!!
Best Pancake Toppings
You can’t go wrong with the classic maple syrup, but here are a few more toppings I love:
- I have a sweet tooth, so I love to add chocolate chips after I pour the batter on the griddle.
- Seasonal fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, and apples with whipped cream is always a favorite!
- Banana Pancakes are both savory and sweet! Add sliced bananas and peanut butter to the tops of your cooked pancakes, then drizzle with maple syrup.
- Melted butter and your favorite jams spread over the top are delicious!
- Swap the syrup for a couple of tablespoons of honey.
Can I Freeze Homemade Pancakes?
Yes, you can definitely freeze these. In fact, I love to make an extra batch of these pancakes and freeze them so my kids can have them for breakfast during our hectic mornings.
Just put them in a freezer bag and pull them out when you’re ready to eat them. I would use them within 3 months of freezing them.
More Easy Pancake Recipes
Here are a few other homemade pancake recipes that my family loves –
- These Blueberry Lemon Pancakes are bursting with flavor.
- This Pumpkin Pancake recipe is amazing!
- If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth, try our Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.
- Cake Mix Pancakes are a fun variation to make for a special occasion.
- Red Velvet Pancakes are a rich and decadent treat.
- Sheet Pan Pancakes use this same recipe, but the batter gets baked in the oven on a baking sheet.
HERE’S A PRINTABLE BEST PANCAKE RECIPE CARD FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE –
Simple Homemade Pancake Recipe
- 2 2/3 cups flour, sifted
- 6 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 4 tbs. cooking oil
- In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the eggs, milk and oil.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. *Don’t over mix, the batter will be lumpy.
- Bake on your griddle or stove top until golden brown on both sides.
- Serve with fresh fruit, butter, syrup etc… or eat them plain!
Have I convinced you to try these yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in April 2010.