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Fluffy Old Fashioned Pancakes Recipe

Nothing beats a classic recipe for fluffy old-fashioned pancakes. They’re fluffy, light, and incredibly easy to make—no fancy ingredients or equipment are required!

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Best fluffy pancake recipe (Simple and Quick)

We all love a good pancake, but there’s nothing worse than eating a pancake that’s too dry or tough. The secret to making a fluffy pancake is the right ingredients and the right cooking process.

This recipe will help you make your own delicious pancakes at home with ease. They take about 30 minutes from start to finish (including prep time), so they’re perfect if your mornings are busy or hectic.

These pancakes are the perfect combination of light and airy, with just the right amount of sweetness. They’re easy to make, using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

While Pancakes are usually enjoyed in a fancy way by drizzling honey, whipped cream, or maple syrup over it along with a hot and delicious cup of hot chocolate, it can get fancier by pairing them up with the following: scrambled eggs, bacon, or sausage links, fresh fruits, greek yogurt, chocolate chips, nuts, or other toppings. 

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Ingredients needed to make the best fluffy pancakes

  • Flour: You’ll want to use a good old-fashioned all-purpose flour for these pancakes. Don’t use self-rising, because it will add too much leavening.
  • Baking powder: The baking powder helps give the pancake batter its rise and lightness, so don’t skip this ingredient!
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is an essential part of making pancakes; it helps them brown nicely. If you prefer not to use sugar at all, try substituting honey or agave nectar, but remember that doing so will change flavor and texture significantly!
  • Salt: Just like with baking soda/powder above, make sure not to leave this one out! It helps balance out flavors while also adding structure so your finished product doesn’t fall flat on its face after being flipped over during cooking time.
  • Butter (melted and cooled a little, plus a little more for cooking)
  • Egg – for fluffy pancakes
  • Vanilla extract – For flavor

How to make the best fluffy Pancake

  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones.
  • Heat your griddle and cook up your pancake batter.

When To Flip Pancakes

You’ll know when they’re ready when bubbles appear on the surface of your pancakes—this means that they’re starting to cook through! Flip them over and cook them until they’re golden brown on both sides.

What can I serve with Pancakes?

Pancakes are delicious on their own, but they can also be served with a variety of accompaniments. Popular options include butter, syrup, fruit or jam, and even a sprinkle of powdered sugar. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try topping with savory ingredients such as bacon, sausage, or cheese.

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FAQs

Which ingredient makes pancakes fluffy?

The main ingredient responsible for making pancakes fluffy is baking powder. Baking powder helps create air bubbles in the pancake batter, which then expands and makes the pancakes light and fluffy. Other ingredients that can help make pancakes fluffy include buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.

Troubleshooting Common Problems With Making Fluffy Pancakes

If your pancakes are not turning out fluffy, it may be due to several common issues:

  • First, make sure you use the proper ingredients and mix the batter properly.
  • Be sure to use the correct amount of baking powder—too little or too much can make the pancakes dense.
  • Finally, check the temperature of your skillet—too hot or too cold can cause the pancakes to be dense instead of fluffy.

Storing Leftover

Leftover pancake batter can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before using the batter, be sure to stir it well to ensure it is properly mixed. Once the batter is mixed, you can cook the pancakes as usual.

Storage and Reheating Tips

How can I store pancakes?

You can store pancakes both in the fridge and freezer. To store in the refrigerator, put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make sure they are completely cooled off before this is done. Be sure to let them cool down completely before storing them.

Can I freeze the pancakes?

Yes, you can freeze pancakes, for up to two months, in fact.  What you need to do is allow them to cool completely, then layer them between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer bag.

How do I reheat frozen pancakes?

Ready to eat your frozen pancakes? First, thaw them completely. Then, reheat them in a microwave or place them in a baking sheet in the oven. We recommend reheating frozen pancakes in the oven so you can get the best texture out of it. 

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Fluffy pancake recipe

This recipe is easy to follow and yields pancakes that are sure to impress anyone at the breakfast table. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as butter, maple syrup, fruit, or whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 466.8kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup sugar or sweetener of choice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter melted and cooled a little, plus a little more for cooking
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well at the center and add the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk them together starting at the center, slowly incorporating the dry ingredients while mixing.
  • If the batter becomes too thick, add an extra milk a tablespoon at a time until it becomes a creamy consistency. Set the batter aside and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and lightly grease it with a little bit of butter. Ladle ¼ cup of batter into the pan and spread it around to make a round shape with the use of the ladle.
  • Cook for 2 minutes or when the sides turn golden brown and the surface begins to form bubbles, flip with a spatula and cook the other side until the bottom turns golden. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Transfer pancakes to a plate and serve with your favorite syrup or honey, chopped fruits, bacon, or any other breakfast item you want.

Nutrition

Calories: 466.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.3g | Protein: 11.5g | Fat: 16.6g | Saturated Fat: 9.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.2g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 84.2mg | Sodium: 2495.2mg | Potassium: 652.9mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 18.1g | Vitamin A: 586.9IU | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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Iris Cowles

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I followed this recipe to the letter and the pancakes turned out too salty and tasted just like baking soda. Are the measurements for the salt and baking soda correct? Help. Thank you.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 29th of April 2023

Yes,Iris. 1/2 teaspoon of salt not tablespoon. You can adjust the salt to your taste.