Delicious, soft, and fluffy pancakes are what we all dream of, and with this recipe, you can make dreams a reality! This simple pancake recipe is one to come back to time and time again.
I love pancakes. It's true. I have been able to get a great deal of tasty pancakes recipes perfected, and this is one of the many to come.
With this momma not being remotely close to a morning person, we often have pancakes for dinner instead. If we do have morning pancakes, it's as simple of a recipe as I can get (or a boxed mix) simply because I don't have a grasp on reality in the mornings, haha. (Or at least until after my coffee sets in).
This recipe gives us fluffy and flavorful pancakes made from scratch and they're perfect any morning (or night) of the week!
For more pancake recipes, be sure to check out my Sugar Free Pancakes, Eggless Pancakes, and (Copycat) Denny's Pancake Recipe.
Why This Recipe Works
- This recipe is actually fairly simple. The egg white is beaten separately, but an electric mixer does the work while I mix everything else and within 5 minutes it's ready for the hot skillet. Sounds complicated, but trust me, it's not nearly as crazy as it may sound.
- Basic ingredients. We use some very basic ingredients to create our pancakes. We even add in a little cinnamon for added flavor. Yum!
- It's frugal. Making pancakes from scratch is cheaper than buying packaged pancake mixes, and it's healthier too, because there are fewer fillers and additives, giving you even more reasons to try making them at home.
Self-rising flour- Using self rising flour is ideal because it already has some leaving agents in it, which will give us delicious results.
Milk- For added richness and moisture, use some milk.
Egg- You'll need an egg to give these pancakes added "fluff" and flavor.
Vanilla- A flavor enhancer.
Cinnamon- For added warmth and spice, add in a little ground cinnamon.
Vegetable oil- You'll want to use some vegetable oil to give these pancakes the fats necessary to keep them from feeling too dry.
Salt- A natural flavor enhancer.
Baking soda- Add in a little baking soda to give the pancakes a little more help to puff up. Now you'll have extra fluffy pancakes.
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make fluffy pancakes with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Heat your griddle or skillet over medium high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Separate your egg yolk from egg white and whip the egg white until stiff peaks form (about 3 minutes with an electric mixer).
Meanwhile, mix the egg yolk, flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, vegetable oil, and milk in another bowl.
Fold in the egg white, gently.
Continue until incorporated.
Scoop the batter by the ¼ cup measure onto the prepared pan or griddle and cook until the edges look dry and the bubbles leave holes in the center.
Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Make sure you don't drop any batter onto your skillet or griddle until it has been warm for at least a good minute or two. Applying batter to a cold pan can lead to sticking, undercooked, rubbery, or just plain SAD pancakes.
You don't have to whip the egg white separately. You can just mix everything together and call it a day. But, I really do recommend the egg whipping because it helps to add height to the pancakes.
Not only that, but it helps them to melt in your mouth with a super soft texture and the little air bubbles.
You can make your own by mixing 1 cup of all purpose flour with 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of salt. Simply mix those ingredients together in a bowl and use as you would the self rising flour.
There are so many underlying reasons for why this could be but some of the biggest contributors to non-fluffy pancakes include:
Overmixed batter. You want the batter to have no lumps, but to not be over mixed. Sifting in the flour helps a lot! Fold in the egg whites gently and know it's okay is clobs of white egg white mixture aren't fully incorporated into the mix.
Your ingredients are old. We tossed out baking soda that was 2 years past the expiration date that we had still been using and surprise- a huge difference was made in your baking results. Old flour and leavening agents can make a huge difference. Remember they only have a few months shelf life after being opened.
Other incredibly delicious pancake recipes to check out
- Pancakes in a Mug
- Easy Sheet Pan Pancakes
- The BEST Sweet Cream Pancakes
- Simple Crepes (with Pancake Mix)
Easy Fluffy Pancakes
- 1 cup Self-rising flour, sifted ($0.25)
- 1 cup Milk ($0.19)
- 1 large Egg ($0.08)
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla extract ($0.04)
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil ($0.06)
- ¼ teaspoon Baking soda ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon *optional ($0.05)
- Grease and heat a skillet or griddle over medium high heat.
- Separate your egg white from the yolk. Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, oil, baking soda, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and egg yolk until smooth.
- Fold in the egg white.
- Scoop the batter by the ¼ cup and drop it onto your hot skillet or griddle. Cook until edges look done and bubbles form on the top. Flip and cook other side until golden brown.
Awesome!!! Only way it could've been improved was I found it a tad too salty with 1/4 tsp salt. Gonna put less next time. But this is a steady recipe!
Ah yes, salt can be omitted if using self rising flour because salt is already in the flour mixture. But it's all about preferences and once that syrup hits a lot of the saltiness you might taste disappears under the sweet sticky syrup.