How to Make Pancakes

Two Methods:Recipe for PancakesMore Varieties of Pancakes

Pancakes are a type of fluffy, soft flat bread or very simple cake, not necessarily sweetened, enjoyed by cultures around the world. Pancake recipes vary, but all have the same basic ingredients of flour, eggs and milk. Some countries, like the United States and Canada, serve pancakes for breakfast while others, such as those in Europe, serve pancakes as desserts, for a meal or even as a side dish. Pancakes can be eaten plain, with butter and syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, filled with fruit or cheese or sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice. Whatever the tradition, pancakes are an enjoyable dish.


The following ingredients will make about 8 10-inch (25cm) pancakes (more or fewer, depending on the size); you may change the amounts of ingredients according to the number you wish to serve:

  • 2 cups (18oz/510g) self-rising or all-purpose flour (See tips below)
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • A pinch of salt.

Method 1
Recipe for Pancakes

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    Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until creamy. Add in the dry ingredients (including baking soda if using self-rising flour). Do not stir mixture at this point!
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    Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Make sure that it's completely melted; about a minute is sufficient.
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    Add the butter and milk to the mix. Stir gently, leaving some small clumps of dry ingredients in the batter. Do not blend until completely smooth. If your batter is smooth, your pancakes will be tough and flat as opposed to fluffy.
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    Heat the frying pan to a medium low flame. If you have an initial "pancake" setting on your stove, use that. Be sure to use non-stick spray, or a pat of butter so the pancakes won't stick.
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    Sprinkle a few flecks of water onto your pan. If it 'dances', or jumps from the pan with a sizzle, the pan is ready for the batter.
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    Pour about 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup batter from the tip of a large spoon or from a pitcher onto the hot griddle or greased frying pan. The amount you pour will decide the final size of your pancakes. It is best to begin with less batter, and then slowly pour more batter onto the pan to increase the pancake size.
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    Cook for about two minutes or until the pancake is golden. You should see bubbles form and then pop around the edges. When the bubbles at the edge of the batter pop and a hole is left that does not immediately close up, flip the cake gently.
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    Cook the other side until golden and remove. Want a deeper color? Repeat the steps for another thirty seconds per side until the pancake is done enough for your tastes.
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    Enjoy! Try adding butter, peanut butter, syrup, jelly, chocolate chips, cookies, candy crumbles or fruit to your pancakes for a different, more exciting flavor. The varieties are endless. These are the most delectable pancakes you will ever taste.

Method 2
More Varieties of Pancakes

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    Make rainbow pancakes. Looking for a colorful twist to your pancakes? Rainbow pancakes are the way to go! They are quick, easy, and fun to make. Little ones enjoy the beautiful colors added in their pancakes for a lovely 'rainbow'.
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    Make fluffy pancakes. Having delicious fluffy pancakes that look like a pillow are one of the best pancakes out there. Finishing off with rich maple syrup will make your pancakes the bomb!
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    Try a variety of fruit pancakes. They are many types of fruit pancakes to try from and do make your breakfast a hint healthier. Examples can be such as blueberry pancakes, apple pancakes, and even pear pancakes. Find your favorite!
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    Make Bisquick mix pancakes. If you're not in the mood to make your yummy breakfast from scratch, grab your Bisquick mix box and whip some tasty pancakes that taste nearly homemade.
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    Make buttermilk pancakes. Sometimes using what you have on hand can make something taste so good, and in this case, buttermilk. Buttermilk pancakes are faster to make so they are perfect for moving-on morning rushes. Cook these pancakes with close eye and top them off with anything you desire.
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    Make basic pancakes. You don't always have to carry on a bunch of ingredients to make something so good such as pancakes. Make easy pancakes that you and everyone else will love.
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    Make Mickey mouse pancakes. They're cute, easy, and super yummy. Kids will enjoy these pancakes if they are a big Disney fan!


  • On Fat Tuesdays (aka Shrove Tuesday) pancakes are eaten because they primarily feature sugar, fat, and flour which are restricted during the fasting of Lent.
  • Add a little vanilla essence (extract) to the batter for an even sweeter pancake.
  • If you choose to use self rising flour omit the salt and baking powder from the recipe. Self rising flour contains both those ingredients.
  • Cover the pancakes with a paper towel with a plate under if not eating.
  • Add a bar of "Mars" or any chocolate to make it sweeter.
  • Make thin mini pancakes and create sandwiches with cheese, jam, chocolate, fruits, or candy in between for yummy snack bites.
  • Try putting cinnamon sugar on the pancake while it is in the pan. After it is finished cooking, roll it up, and serve it as a "mock crepe" for a delicious treat.
  • If you want it to be really sweet, add syrup also add loads of sugar, or, you could add chocolate sprinkles and honey.
  • You can remove sugar and add a sweetener or even add coffee to add taste.
  • Try adding ingredients to your batter instead of topping your pancakes with them. Here are a few ideas:
    • Try chocolate chips (milk or dark).
    • Try putting bits of fruit in the batter (strawberries, bananas, blueberries or cherries, etc.).
    • Stir in crisp bacon bits, a little grated cheese, your favorite nuts, or different spices such as cinnamon.
  • As there are many cultures in which pancakes are made, there are many different recipes. Some things to experiment with are for example:
    • Using beer or sparkling water along with the milk will give it a slightly different taste in the case of beer and make it rise better if you're not using baking powder.
    • The ratio between the fluids (milk, sparkling water, beer) and the solids (flour) determines whether the pancake will be thin (more like a French crepe) or thick (more like an American style pancake) so experiment until you find the recipe that you like most.
    • If you don't want the pancakes to stick to the pan you can also put in sunflower oil, the oil has a higher burning temperature (smoke point) than butter so it is better suited for use in hot pans.
    • For a very fluffy pancake use vanilla or fruit yogurt mixed with water for your liquid portion.
  • Try low carb pancakes - virtually no carbs: if you use high protein powders and egg or egg whites -- you'll like these delicious, "sugar free" pancakes.
  • Hitting them very hard on your plate can make your pancakes fluffier.
  • For delicious, beautiful and tasty pancakes add some whipped cream and/or syrup (strawberry syrup,chocolate syrup, maple syrup) and fruit (any kind).
  • It is helpful if you stay near the gas when the pancake is cooking so it doesn't burn up.
  • Before turning over your pancakes onto the wet side add a bit of love with some chocolate chips.
  • All in all, be creative. Adding your own unique twist to the recipe makes it more special and amazing.
  • If you want a perfect golden pancake fill it about one minute after you pour it.
  • Chocolate chips are also a great sweet to add to pancakes!
  • Make sure that you keep checking on your pancakes so they are perfect.
  • Nutella as a topping makes the pancakes even tastier.


  • Do not press down on pancakes while cooking, this prevents them from getting fluffy.
  • Do not stack them on top of each other as that will cause them to drape from the steam and make them soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls for mixing
  • Tool shaker or a whisker
  • Flat pan or teflon
  • Spatula
  • Tablespoons
  • Measuring cup or glass

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