How to Make Pancakes

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"Selling like hot cakes" is a common phrase and for good reason. Pancakes are quick to make and delicious. If you are new to cooking, making pancakes from scratch is a great place to start. With a little mixing and a little cooking, you'll be on your way to becoming a first-rate chef.

Basic Pancake Recipe

There are many variations to the pancake recipe, but I bet you have the ingredients to make a decent pancake in your kitchen right now.


A good basic recipe to start you on your way to making pancakes from scratch is this one:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. If you have a whisk, use it, and make sure the ingredients are well mixed. Otherwise you can use a fork.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg, then add the milk and oil. Mix until it is thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk them together for about a minute. The mixture should be a bit lumpy.
  4. Heat a griddle or large cast iron skillet over medium heat until a drop of water dropped onto the skillet sizzles.
  5. Now pour about a third of a cup of batter into the pan. This isn't exact. If you want larger pancakes, pour more. For smaller pancakes, pour less batter.
  6. Cook the first side approximately two minutes or until the bubbles that form on the top pop.
  7. Flip it over and let the other side cook for about a minute or until golden brown.

Making Pancakes from Scratch

The best part about learning how to make pancakes from scratch is that you pretty much always have the ingredients in your kitchen. They are great by themselves or you can drop some blueberries into the batter as they cook or serve them with eggs or use buckwheat flour or add bananas or...ok you get the point. Now go play with your food!

How to Make Pancakes