Basic Pancake Recipe

Mastering the art of cooking a basic pancake recipe is a skill every cook should master. Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just a beginner, making basic pancakes is a must!

This humble yet versatile dish offers endless possibilities for customization and is a favorite in households around the world. In this article, we’ll guide you through the easy process of creating the perfect basic pancake. We’ll also and share tips for adding your own personal twist to this breakfast classic.

The Essential Ingredients for Basic Pancake Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
plate of fresh basic pancakes with butter and syrup stacked on plate

Instructions for Cooking the Basic Pancake

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix these dry ingredients together until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. It’s crucial not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. You can add a touch of butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Once the skillet is hot, ladle about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto it for each pancake. You can make them as big or small as you like.
  • Cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface, then flip the pancakes and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve your pancakes immediately, with your choice of toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh berries, chocolate chips, or whipped cream.

The Secrets to Perfect Basic Pancakes

  • Balancing Act: Achieving the perfect pancake texture involves a delicate balance. Overmixing the batter can result in tough pancakes, while not mixing enough leaves lumps. A few lumps in the batter are perfectly acceptable; they will disappear during cooking.
  • Proper Heat: Preheat your skillet or griddle before pouring the batter. You’ll know it’s ready when a few drops of water sizzle and dance on its surface. Use medium-high heat for even cooking.
  • Flipping with Care: Wait for bubbles to form on the surface before flipping the pancake. This ensures that the underside is cooked to a lovely golden brown.
  • Quality Ingredients: Using fresh ingredients, like buttermilk and real butter, can make a significant difference in the flavor and texture of your pancakes.

Customizing Your Basic Pancakes

The beauty of Basic Pancakes is their versatility. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental recipe, you can customize your pancakes to suit your preferences. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Fruit Delight: Add fresh berries, sliced bananas, or diced apples to your batter. This gives your pancakes a burst of fruity flavor.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Incorporate chopped nuts (like walnuts or pecans) or seeds (such as chia or flaxseeds) for a delightful crunch.
  • Chocolate Lovers: Chocolate chips or cocoa powder can be folded into the batter for a chocolaty twist.
  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a touch of espresso powder to your dry ingredients for a flavorful kick.
  • Savory Touch: Experiment with savory pancakes by mixing in ingredients like cheese, herbs, or cooked bacon bits.


Mastering the art of Basic Pancakes lays a perfect foundation for making other types of pancakes. For example, this Basic Oatmeal Pancake recipe uses oatmeal flour instead of all-purpose flour. Frankly, the possibilities for customization are endless.

With this essential Basic Pancake recipe and a few tips and tricks under your belt, you can start your day with fluffy, delicious pancakes tailored to your liking. So, get your griddle sizzling, and start flipping these basic pancakes to kickstart your mornings with a smile.

You might also like our Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch.

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3 Pancakes butter and syrup running down side

Basic Pancakes

The best Homemade Pancake recipe to make from scratch. Fluffy, soft and so easy to make
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 griddle


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 11/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Dry Ingredients

  • Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.

Wet Ingredients

  • Make a well in the center and add milk, melted butter, and egg. Whisk together until smooth.


  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle.
  • Cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.


Nutrition Estimate
Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 129 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg
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