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how to make pancakes

Homemade Pancake Recipe

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-4 minutes per pancake
  • Total Time: 52 minute
  • Yield: 10-12, 4" Pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast/brunch


A simple pancake recipe for light and fluffy easy homemade pancakes using a few simple ingredients.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk


  • In a medium bowl whisk all dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar, and set aside.
  • In a another small bowl or large measuring cup add room temperature milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Whisk them together and set aside. If the milk and butter are cold you can place them in the microwave for a few minutes to melt the butter and warm the milk. 
  • Add the whisked wet mixture to the dry and stir just until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Set the mixture aside and let it rest while you prepare the pan.
  • Prepare your pan, skillet, or griddle, by heating to medium-low heat. Once the surface is hot, place a little butter or oil to grease the pan. 
  • Pour batter onto heated surface and cook for a couple of minutes until the sides are set and bubbles appear. Flip the pancake and cook another minute or two or until golden.
  • Adjust the temperature based on how your pancakes are coming out. If they are too dark on the outside and raw in the center reduce the temperature.
  • Top with butter, pancake syrup, or whipped cream!


Your batter will be ugly, lumps are okay, don’t overmix!

The first pancake usually doesn’t come out the best, I usually call that one the tester.