Easy Pancakes From Scratch

I try to make pancakes from scratch once a week. It's enough for two sittings so that takes care of breakfast later in the week too.

It might sound vain but I like my pancakes better than the ones from any pancake house. They're light and full of flavor.

I add a half tablespoon more sugar than most recipes, but only because I like to eat them with little or no syrup.

The one thing I've changed recently is the way I combine the ingredients. I used to add the wet ingredients to the dry, but I've discovered that if you mix the dry to the wet, they come out lighter without any extra ingredients or beating.

We rarely keep whole milk in the house since we don't drink milk, but whole milk in the batter will make a richer tasting pancake than the dry milk I normally use.

If my goats are producing milk, I'll use their milk too. Another milk I've used on pancakes was oat milk, which was surprisingly good in this recipe.

Here is the basic recipe I use. I hope you'll try it and let me know how it works out for you.

Homemade Pancakes

2 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar OR use Stevia
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1/3 cup oil

Beat eggs, add milk, stir in oil in large bowl. Mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Add dry ingredients to wet and beat until smooth.

Top with fruit, syrup, butter, or cajeta (caramel sauce) See recipe here to make your own.

What's your favorite breakfast?



Yum! I can't remember the last time I made pancakes at all, let alone from scratch. Actually, I can't remember the last time I ATE pancakes.... Now I'm hungry! :)
Michael Keyton said…
Pancakes I can take or leave though I end up cooking them on Shrove Tuesday. Breakfast for me is late -ten o'clock (up at 6.15) and usually consists of a salad sandwich with extra virgin olive oil.

Suggest trying Heinz baked beans on toast soaked in virgin olive oil instead of butter. And serve with copious pepper. That's my winter feast :)
betty said…
That does look like a good recipe! I haven't had pancakes in years and never made them from scratch :)

I like the idea of freezing the milk in 1/2 cup increments. We rarely drink it here, will occasionally use it for a recipe and then I'll buy the smallest container and try to use it then over the week either in coffee or other recipes.

B.E. Sanderson said…
Yum! That recipe looks awesome. I haven't made pancakes in ages, and I usually used the boxed 'complete' mix, where all I have to do is add water. Yours definitely sound better.
Maria Zannini said…
Madeline: Pancakes are a favorite breakfast around here. It's even better because it's enough for two sittings without any extra work.
Maria Zannini said…
Mike: Hard for me to think of winter since it's been so warm lately.

Left to me, I'd probably enjoy your 'brunch' to breakfast. I'm not much of a breakfast person, but Greg loves breakfast so I make the effort for him.
Maria Zannini said…
Betty: That's what happened to us. I only needed a small amount but all they had were very expensive quarts. We went to Aldi and they had the gallon size for half the price of the quart at the other store.

We bought it. Knowing we couldn't finish it in a week. Freezing it was the perfect solution. If I remember correctly, the experts say to use it up within six months, which won't be a problem.
Maria Zannini said…
BE: For years I used the boxed mix. I don't know why but I decided to make it from scratch one day. I never went back to the box. These taste so much better.
My husband uses an Alton Brown recipe for pancakes. Alex goes on a pancake binge occasionally (he's in the middle of one right now.) Personally, I prefer French toast for breakfase.
I like anything you can put syrup on. We have pancakes every Sunday and yes, they're homemade. I wouldn't bother if they came out of a box. I make a flour mix of various whole grain flours and ground seeds. I turn some of that into a pancake mix by adding baking soda, salt, and lots of cinnamon. I keep it in a big container in the cupboard. When we want pancakes, we just measure out a cup and add an egg, a little oil, and buttermilk. Compared to an industrial mix, these pancakes are heaven.
Stacy McKitrick said…
My favorite breakfast? French toast. Made with white bread. I like mine the best. Restaurants just never get it right for some reason, so I don't bother ordering it out anymore.

As for adding dry ingredients to wet... I usually do that. Get less lumps that way. :)
Maria Zannini said…
Sandra: My youngest brother would go through grilled cheese binges when he was a kid. It was the funniest thing I ever saw to see this 4 year old demand his cheese sammich.
Maria Zannini said…
Marlene: Whenever I tried cooking with flours (other than white) the end result was always too heavy in density and taste. But I love to add fresh fruit to my mixes. Blueberries and strawberries are flavor pops in your mouth.
Maria Zannini said…
Stacy: Thick white bread. The thin ones fall apart otherwise.
Jenny Schwartz said…
I love pancakes - and homemade are the best! Unless I could turn back time. As a kid, there was this cafeteria that made the best pancakes. Sadly, it's long gone, lost to "progress" and trendy cafes.
Maria Zannini said…
Jenny: There's something homey and comforting about good pancakes, hot off the griddle.

If there's a comfort food for breakfast, it's pancakes.
Scrambled eggs and pancakes for the win! I can't make pancakes to save my life, but I will gladly eat the cakes of others. :)
Maria Zannini said…
Barbara: Breakfast is usually at 8am Sunday mornings. :)

PS The dogs get pancakes too.
One thing we do that helps with the heaviness is separate the egg and beat the egg whites. We have our routine on Sunday mornings, and my job is to beat the whites while Himself is mixing the rest. He folds in the egg whites at the end. It does fluff things up, but I realize it's extra work.

In the winter we also add pumpkin or squash to the mix, which also lightens the batter. In the summer we add blueberries.
Maria Zannini said…
Marlene: I'd never thought about beating the egg whites. That's a great idea for company. I doubt I'd go through that much trouble for just us. He's lucky I cook. LOL!
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