A perfect basic pancake recipe that you can transform according to what you add to it. 

I have been perfecting this recipe since I was a little girl. It was originally my mother’s recipe and we made every Sunday. I have kept up with that tradition for years and everyone that knows me very well has enjoyed them. It is a very simple recipe and there is no reason to buy the boxed stuff.

I have tweaked a few things here and there through the years perfecting the recipe. I mix the dry ingredients and keep them in a mason jar. Then add wet ingredients when I want to make some.

My friend Margaret gave me a couple of pancake molds in the shape of a heart a few years ago. I have also seen them in other shapes. When the kids were little I made three circles together and called them Mickey Mouse pancakes. They loved that.

Heart Shaped Pancakes


Dry Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2½ tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup oats
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Mix the dry ingredients and keep them in your pantry until you are ready to make pancakes.
  • If you won’t be using the pancake mix for a while, don’t add the baking powder until you are ready to use it. Otherwise, it might go flat.
  • I have been making this recipe with buttermilk lately. I substitute the milk for buttermilk and add a little more milk if I need it.
  • Add pecans, almonds, blueberries, or anything you like.
  • Never flatten pancake, it burst all those nice air bubbles that make them fluffy.
  • If you add blueberries to the mix, the pancakes need to cook longer on both sides. Also, it is better if they aren’t cold.
  • I usually have a bowl I place the pancakes to keep them warm. Cover with a cloth.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Beat egg only enough to mix the yolk and the whites.

Step 2

Add wet ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir.

Step 3

Add dry ingredients a little at a time until you have the desired consistency. Runnier mix makes thinner pancakes, more like crepes, heavier mix makes thicker, fluffier pancakes. Don’t over stir. You want the batter to be lumpy.

Step 4

Heat up griddle. Spray with Pam or use oil or butter. Drop batter into 4-5 inch circles. Cook undisturbed until top of pancakes has dried a bit and is creating bubbles on the top. Turn over. Cook for about another half minute.