How to Make Pancakes From Scratch

Stop eating garbage pancakes. That nonsense in a box is barely even a pancake. It’s not worth it, and really, are you eating pancakes enough to warrant having a special box in the cupboard that specifically contains pancake ingredients?

Make and enjoy fresher pancakes with this recipe that will have you making homemade pancakes from scratch.

Homemade pancakes from scratch

That's butter, you know.

First things first, you need pancake mix.

Pancake Mix Ingredients

Homemade pancake mix uses very basic ingredients you should already own.

You’ll need to get together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. This is the powdery bits.

You’ll also need:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Butter

Don’t use margarine. Trust me.

How to Cook Homemade Pancakes

Take three tablespoons of butter and melt it. This is one of the few times using a microwave is okay.

While you’re waiting for your butter to melt and then cool (without hardening again) combine one and a half cups of flour with a tablespoon of baking powder, a tablespoon of sugar, and a teaspoon of salt.

Mix your powdery bits well. Throw them in a covered container and shake, shake, shake. This is going to be your pancake mix.

If you don’t ensure they’re reasonably well mixed you’re going to end up with lumpy pancakes that taste like cardboard.

So mix it all up some more then add your wet ingredients.

You’ll want a cup and a half of milk, one lightly beaten egg, a teaspoon of vanilla, and your three tablespoons of melted butter that should now be cool.

This parts important. Don’t mix it too well. You don’t want anything to seem powdery, but if you over-mix pancake batter you end up with those lumpy, cardboard pancakes.

Now once it’s all reasonably well mixed, just throw it in the fridge.

While the batter is in the fridge it will form bubbles, which will give you extra fluffy pancakes.

This also gives you time to properly pre-heat your frying pan. Your stove needs to be on medium to high heat. You’ll want to ensure it’s properly heated before pouring in your pancake mix, so give it five minutes or so.

Now pull the batter from the fridge and make pancake sized pools on your pre-heated frying pan. Flip the pancakes when they start to form lots of bubbles that don’t immediately fill in on themselves on top. This should take anywhere from one to three minutes.

Once flipped, cook the other side for one or two minutes.

Bam, pancakes.

Tips for Making Homemade Pancakes

You can leave the batter in the fridge for a surprisingly long time, so it doesn’t hurt to get clever and prepare an easy pour container.

Pour your pancake batter onto the pan easier

Ultra genius easy pour solution

Add things to your pancakes, like sliced fruit or chocolate chips. Because that makes them better.

If your pancakes seem tough mix the dry solution better next time. If they still seem tough, mix the wet solution less next time.

When adding the wet ingredients it’s okay for there to be “lumps.”

Eat with scrambled eggs. Just because you can.

Once you’ve made this recipe for pancake mix from scratch, throw away your stupid pancake mix.

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