Old-Fashioned Pancakes

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Whenever I think of pancakes, a cherished memory from my childhood rushes in. It’s a crisp Sunday morning, and the sweet aroma wafting from our kitchen would pull me out of bed. My neighbor, Mrs. Smith, had taught my mom the art of making the perfect pancake. They’d often bond over this delightful recipe, sharing tweaks and improvements while the rest of us impatiently waited, forks in hand. As I grew older, I took this pancake recipe with me on my travels, and no matter where I was, flipping these pancakes on a griddle felt like being back home.

Just as Mrs. Smith had shared this beloved pancake recipe with our family, I am eager to share it with you. I promise, every bite will transport you to a time when recipes were passed from one generation to the next, filled with love and warmth.

How to Prepare Old-Fashioned Pancakes

Ingredients for Old-Fashioned Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups of finely sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (ensure it’s not baking soda!)
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar
  • A pinch of salt, adjust to your preference
  • 1 1/4 cups of fresh milk
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 fresh egg, preferably at room temperature
  • A splash of vanilla extract (optional, but recommended)

Directions for Old-Fashioned Pancakes:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Ensure it’s light and airy for the best pancake texture.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Add the melted butter and vanilla (if using) to the egg, and combine gently. Then, mix in the milk without overbeating.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the well of the dry ingredients, stirring gently until you achieve a smooth batter. Let it rest for a few minutes.
  4. Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with oil or butter.
  5. For each pancake, pour approximately 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface. Watch for bubbles to appear and the edges to look set. This should take around 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Carefully flip the pancake and let it cook for another 2 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown. Serve hot with your favorite toppings!

What’s the secret to fluffy pancakes?

For that perfect fluffy texture, sift the flour twice. Also, ensuring your wet ingredients, especially the egg, are at room temperature can make a difference. Additionally, avoid over-mixing the batter; it should be smooth but may have a few lumps.

Can I add fruits or nuts to this pancake recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to fold in blueberries, diced bananas, chocolate chips, or even chopped nuts to the batter before cooking for a delightful twist.

Is there a vegan alternative?

Yes, replace the milk with almond or soy milk, use a flax egg in place of the regular egg, and swap out butter for a plant-based version. Adjustments might slightly change the taste and texture but will still be delicious.

Why is my pancake not rising?

Ensure you’re using fresh baking powder, not baking soda. Also, be careful not to overmix the batter as it can deflate the airiness required for fluffy pancakes.

Can this batter be stored for later use?

Yes, you can refrigerate the batter for up to a day. However, for the best results, it’s recommended to use it shortly after preparing.

How do I ensure even cooking for each pancake?

Maintain a consistent medium-high heat and consider using a ladle or measuring cup to pour an equal amount of batter for each pancake.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can replace all-purpose flour with whole wheat. It will give the pancakes a denser texture and a nuttier flavor.

What toppings go best with these pancakes?

Maple syrup, fresh fruits, whipped cream, or even a sprinkle of powdered sugar pairs beautifully with these old-fashioned pancakes. Feel free to get creative!

What’s the difference between baking powder and baking soda in pancakes?

Baking powder is a mix of an acid and a base and acts as a leavening agent. Baking soda needs an acid (like buttermilk) to activate. For this recipe, ensure you use baking powder for the best rise and texture.

Why add melted butter to the batter?

Melted butter contributes to the rich flavor and helps in achieving a soft interior with crispy edges, enhancing the overall pancake experience.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 egg


  • Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center and add milk, melted butter, and egg; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake; cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.
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