Easy Pancakes Recipe

Easy Pancakes


I got this recipe off somewhere online and tweaked it a bit by adding the vanilla and mixing this batter with a fork.  It was the first recipe I tried for pancakes and it has never failed me!
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-2 teapoons of vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit (sliced strawberries, peaches, blueberries, apples, bananas, etc.) (optional)
  • Maple syrup/honey (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
Makes 2-3 servings or more, depending on how big the pancakes are!

How to make Easy Pancakes

  1. Preheat your pan or griddle to about medium heat.  Do NOT turn the heat up or else the distribution of the heat is going to be mainly focused on the center.  This may burn your pancakes on contact.
To make the batter, you need two bowls and a fork
  1. In one bowl, sift or evenly distribute the dry ingredients. 
  2. This prevents the baking soda, powder, salt, and sugar from being concentrated in one part of the flour when mixed with the wet ingredients. Use the fork to break up any lumps in the mix.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract together. 
  4. Slowly combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix with the fork as you go.
  5. Do not overmix!
  6. Stir enough so that the flour is mixed in well.
  7. Your batter is ready for the pan/griddle!
  1. The recipe I used called for about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake but that's up to you.  I usually just use a ladle for better handling.
  2. Each pancake should take about a minute or so on each side (until golden brown).
Serve it!

  1. Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, or powdered sugar.
  2. I've also used this mix in a waffle iron press and it works perfectly!
  3. Make this for yourself, impress your significant other, or treat your parents :).
  4. And of course, enjoy!
  • dubow
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  • Hazel
    Hazel says

    I made this recipe this morning. Used 1 teaspoon vanilla instead (1 tablespoon seems so much). I loved it! It was easy and yummy!

  • annedn
    annedn says

    Ah! Thanks, Hazel! I usually just eye it so I figured the last time I used it it was about a tablespoon.

  • Vokation
    Vokation says

    I went with 2 teaspoons of vanilla (apparently, you adjusted the recipe here). I also used soy milk and gluten-free flour (Bob's Red Mill). It might've been those adjustments or the fact that I live in El Paso (fairly high elevation), but my batter turned out a little thin. I just added more flour, and the pancakes turned out great! You might also want to add some notes here about not overmixing and not using too much oil in the pan. Or do you use any oil at all? With a stainless steel frying pan, I needed just a touch of oil.

  • HumanBean
    HumanBean says

    These turned out fantastic and they were so easy. Great recipe!

  • annedn
    annedn says

    Thanks everyone for the tips and praise! :)

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