Dad’s 3 Ingredient Pancakes

Vintage Recipe! These 3 ingredient Pancakes are so easy to make and are simply irresistible!

I remember fondly the mornings that my dad would wake us up to the smell of freshly made pancakes. I had almost forgotten about these pancakes until I went to visit my parents a few weekends ago.

Dad's 3 Ingredient Pancakes

He asked my kids if they wanted pancakes in the morning, and my eyes got wide. Of course it was a no-brainer, my kids definitely wanted pancakes, but these weren’t just any pancakes. These are my Dad’s 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

And they ‘re not like any pancake you’ve ever tasted.

Dad's 3 Ingredient Pancakes

It starts out with just 3 simple ingredients… plus a few dashes of salt.

Flour, Eggs and Milk.

I asked my dad where he got this recipe. He pulled out an extremely old Betty Crocker cookbook/binder. The pages were tinted a slight yellow color, surly from the age of the book. He flipped right to the beef section.

Wait… what?!

Dad's 3 Ingredient Pancakes

Right after a recipe for a traditional roast beef was a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding.

I was a little confused, but he said that his mother’s grandmother (that’s my great great grandmother) used to make a recipe she called “Smorn,” which contained the ingredients used to make a yorkshire pudding but cooked in a hot cast-iron pan, then cut up into crispy little pieces. It was then smothered with syrup or dipped into eggs. My great great grandmother gave birth to 20 children, 14 of which survived to live a long time. She was 108 years old before she passed away.

This recipe was a staple for her because it was cheap and fed a lot of people. It’s been passed down generation to generation. Fond memories included.

Dad's 3 Ingredient Pancakes

Growing up, my dad would make the Smorn into small round pancakes, and we would enjoy them with a nice helping of maple syrup.

The pancakes themselves aren’t sweet. They aren’t fluffy. In fact, growing up my siblings and I referred to them as “the rubber pancakes.” But what they are, is super addictive. Top them with butter, smear on some fruit preserves, smother them with syrup, either way you’re going to enjoy these mini flap jacks.

Dad's 3 Ingredient Pancakes

I have extremely fond memories of these pancakes, and I’m super excited to now be able to pass the tradition on to my own kids, and now share that with you.

You gotta love these vintage recipes! 🙂

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Dad’s 3 Ingredient Pancakes

For those mornings when you need breakfast fast try these Dad's 3 ingredient Pancakes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 pancakes
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Combine the flour, eggs, milk and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk it until it's smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Pour the batter into small rounds onto a hot, lightly greased skillet and flip after about 20 to 30 seconds. Let cook for an additional 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Serve hot with maple syrup on top. Enjoy!
The recipe can easily be doubled to make more.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.7g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 26.9mg | Sodium: 59.2mg | Sugar: 0.9g | Vitamin A: 1IU
Keywords: 3 ingredient, Breakfast, eggs, flour, milk, Pancakes
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About the author

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.
41 Responses
    1. Shawn

      These pancakes are definitely not a fat fluffy pancake. They are thin and almost “rubbery”, but that’s the beauty of them. There is almost no flavor to them, so you’ll have to add syrup or jam. They’re not for everyone, but a family recipe passed down to me from my Dad. I loved them growing up and my kids love them too. 🙂

  1. Ithunna

    In our house, these are considered English pancakes. My Mah and at least her mother and grandmother made this recipe. Sworn by it for years.

  2. Jan

    I’m going to try these. I’m not a “fluffy” pancake fan (maybe the only person I know that isn’t). I’m always trying to figure out how to keep them from getting “fat” & keep them as thin as possible, so these look good to me!

    1. Shawn

      Oh my gosh, you will LOVE THESE!! I’m totally with you on the thin pancakes. Maybe it’s because I grew up on these, but I’ll pick these over the fluffy pancakes any day! 🙂

    2. Mary Jane

      I’m not a fluffy pancake fan, either. They aren’t fluffy, they are sponges that soak up the syrup and turn into a mushy mess. Never understood why people like that. I prefer these. I’ve always made mine this way, I add a little melted butter to the batter, but they are flat and moist and perfect. With butter and syrup. Really great!

      1. Melissa

        5 stars
        These pancakes are by far the nicest i have ever made, the texture is perfect and goes so well with the syrup. Honestly for the amount of ingredients you can’t really expect much, but these really will surprise you. (:

  3. RainbowNexus

    Hey These are the ones we make at home!
    It’s a very British pancake recipe (and yes it is almost identical to yourkshire pudding). I find the go really well with butter, brown sugar and lemon juice 🙂

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Your pictures are spectacular, Shawn! So crisp and clear… I’m trying not to lick my screen over here 🙂 and I love the story of the recipes being passed down – so sweet! I wish I had that in my family, but I guess I’ll be the one starting all the recipes, ha!

  5. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Holy cow! Those look so good! And I love the story behind them and how you are passing it on to your kids!!! And Dorothy is right…your pics look amazing!

  6. Stephanie

    20 kids!! What a great story. I googled “Smorn” and it looks delicious! You should revamp it and post – your family would be proud. Oh amd these pancakes look like they would be excellent wrapped around a sausage!

  7. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    Wow, what a story! I love learning about recipes that are passed down through the generations in other families. Such an unusual pancake, I’m definitely going to have to give them a try!

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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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