Best Classic Pancake Recipe

This is the BEST Classic Pancake Recipe because it is buttery, fluffy and super easy to make. No buttermilk, no whipping egg whites, just a super quick and delicious pancake that’s loaded with flavor!

This is the BEST Classic Pancake Recipe because it is buttery, fluffy and super easy to make. No buttermilk, no whipping egg whites, just a super quick and delicious pancake that's loaded with flavor!pinterestSkip the box mix, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand to make these deliciously fluffy pancakes right now!

Classic Pancake Recipe Ingredients:

  • All Purpose Flour – I haven’t tested this recipe using any other types of flours, but I’m thinking you could easily use half all purpose and half whole wheat to give these pancakes a little more chew to them.
  • Baking Powder – helps give the pancakes that fluffy rise!
  • Salt
  • Sugar – just a touch for a little added sweetness
  • Warm Milk – make sure you warm it!
  • Egg at room temperature
  • Melted Butter
  • Vanilla Extract

With these simple ingredients you’ll be able to whip up some super tasty pancakes that are fresh, flavorful and fluffy!

Sift the dry ingredients together using a fine mesh strainer, then whisk together the wet ingredients and combine.

How To Make Fluffy Homemade Pancakes:

  • Start by sifting together the dry ingredients into a large bowl. I like to use my fine mesh strainer to get the dry ingredients sifted.
  • Whisk together the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl and pour that into the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk until the batter is just combined, there may be some small clumps, but this is ok. You don’t want to over mix the batter.
  • Heat a griddle up and coat with non stick spray or butter. Cook pancakes until golden brown on each side.

Cook Homemade Pancakes in butter on a hot griddle until they're golden brown on each side.

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

This pancake recipe is very similar to my Classic Waffle Recipe. The warm milk and melted butter mingle together and make the pancakes extra buttery and delicious. I use baking powder instead of buttermilk and baking soda because I rarely keep buttermilk on hand (I’m guessing you don’t either?). This way I can easily make my family pancakes with the ingredients I do keep in my kitchen.

Good old fashioned pancakes made with simple ingredients that everyone has on hand!

What Can I Substitute Baking Powder With?

I typically always have baking powder on hand, but what if you happen to run out and you want to make this pancake recipe? Can you leave baking powder out completely?

If you don’t add any baking powder the pancakes will not get much rise out of them. You’ll end up with flat pancakes (similar to my Dad’s 3 ingredient pancakes), but with a few more ingredients.

To substitute the baking powder you can mix 1/2 tsp cream of tartar with 1/4 tsp baking soda for every 1 tsp of baking powder required. Since this recipe calls for 3 tsp baking powder, you’ll need 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar plus 3/4 tsp baking soda. Just sift these ingredients in with the other dry ingredients.

Warm and fluffy Classic Pancakes are a must make weekend breakfast!

Top your pancakes with butter and syrup, maybe some fresh cut fruit too… just watch how fast they disappear!

I’m sure you’ll be obsessed with the texture of these pancakes as much as I am.

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Best Classic Pancake Recipe

This is the BEST Classic Pancake Recipe because it is buttery, fluffy and super easy to make. No buttermilk, no whipping egg whites, just a super quick and delicious pancake that's loaded with flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 pancakes
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup milk, warm
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten - room temperature
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Sift together dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients in separate bowl and whisk just until combined. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until combined.
  • Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop batter onto an oiled griddle over medium high heat. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.
  • Keep warm until ready to enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Butter, Easy, Fluffy, Old Fashioned, Pancakes, Quick
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This is the BEST Classic Pancake Recipe because it is buttery, fluffy and super easy to make. No buttermilk, no whipping egg whites, just a super quick and delicious pancake that's loaded with flavor!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
47 Responses
  1. Elise

    5 stars
    I have looked for many pancake recipes that are classic and not with all the “modern/fusion sophistication”. This is just the perfect recipe!!! You can of course add to it whatever fit your taste. Highly recommended

  2. isaiah

    5 stars
    hello
    can you make the pancake batter the night before and then put
    it in the fridge.
    and make them the day after

  3. Jem

    Made it for brunch this morning and the whole family loved it. Some of the pancake recipes on the internet have such fancy ingredients; it was a relief and a blessing to find such a great one using simple ingredients. So fluffy and good. Thanks so much!

  4. Sam

    5 stars
    Was sent this recipe by my friend in New Zealand. Absolutely love it. I’ve made this over and over in my house.
    Thanks so much! A winner.

  5. Hannah

    These are delicious and fluffy, I’m surprised how good they came out but! They only made 10 pancakes and the recipe said it would make 14. I used the 1/4 cup measurement for the batter. I’m not mad about it, but a little confused as to where the extra batter went

  6. Nicole

    5 stars
    These are perfect pancakes! So fluffy!! I’ve tried so many recipes with yogurt or sour cream that claim to be the fluffiest but turn out flat and mediocre. Pinning this one for keeps!

  7. Kara

    5 stars
    I’ve tried multiple recipes for the best pancakes, I’ve whipped egg whites, let batter sit for 20 mins, all the tricks left me with blah flat pancakes. This recipe was the easiest and finally gave me the fluffy perfect pancakes I’ve been wanted to make, Thank you!!

  8. Lauren

    5 stars
    Shawn, these were so easy! You get bonus points for that “jump to recipe” button because I Always wind up clicking 100 things as I scroll, and even More bonus points for the scale button, making it easy for me to double the batch! So epic!

  9. Maryann

    5 stars
    Perfect! Used almond milk and a tablespoon of sour cream and a pinch of baking soda.
    Added blueberries to some and chocolate chips and bananas to others. Went like hot cakes!

        1. Hmm… I’ve done some research and it looks like you should be able to replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in most baking recipes. I’m not sure if that will work with these pancakes, but it could be worth a shot!

    1. Evelyn Herrera

      5 stars
      These are by far the best I’ve ever had! I made them for my son and absolutely loves them, mind you…he’s VERY picky. He no longer wants hit cakes from McDonald’s nor boxed pancake mix. These will be go to for him moving forward. I’ll make them as waffles with some cinnamon added to some and chocolate chips.

  10. Maryam Mgeni

    I have adopted this as my weekend recipe and the result is so decadent, fluffy and moist. I substitute milk for buttermilk and add a pinch of ground nutmeg and cinnamon, it is to die for.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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