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. Look at my bank records and you'll see all of the times we've ordered Denny's to go or had it delivered, and then cross-reference it with my order receipts. You'll see pancakes on it every single time!
Unfortunately, I have yet to master making Denny's copycat pancakes. But, I have been able to get a great deal of other 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 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.
- Self-rising flour
- Vegetable oil
- Baking soda
🍽 Equipment Needed
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🍴 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.
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.
Other incredibly delicious recipes to check out
- Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Strawberry Banana Bread
- Unicorn Twist Bread
- Honey Lime Fruit Salad
- Easy Crescent Roll Danishes
- Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Syrup
- Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
- Rainbow Cake Mix Donuts
- Homemade Italian Sodas
Easy Fluffy Pancakes
- 1 cup sifted self-rising flour ($0.25)
- 1 cup milk ($0.19)
- 1 egg ($0.08)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla ($0.04)
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.06)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon 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.