August 12, 2013

There came a point where I had to ask just somebody, “Is Applebee’s getting worse?” Or as a kid did I just have a really low food standard?

When I was 10 years old, I viewed Applebee’s as the highest culinary achievement in dining. The food there was sooooo good. Then, I went back about a year ago and it was, well Applebee’s. I think maybe both happened. I grew up and they got a little more… frozen? Microwaved?

(Same question to Forever 21. Am I getting more modest or are you getting more trashy? Ready for this see-through t-shirt trend to be over).

Pancake mixes are my final example. As a young pup at many slumber parties, waking up the next morning and making pancakes (from a box) was soooo yummy and I just sat at my plate wondering if food could ever be better.

Fast forward 15 years and I made these homemade p-cakes after living a life of box mixes. I nearly dropped my fork.

Oh, this is what pancakes can taste like.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

Old-Fashioned Pancakes
Serves 7-8 large pancakes

1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 and 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into circles. Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.

Old-Fashioned Pancakes from Rachel Schultz

5.0 from 7 reviews
Serves: 7-8
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 and ¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk, egg, butter, and vanilla to dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Pour ¼ cup batter into circles.
  5. Flip once bubbles appear and sides are lightly golden.

Adapted from All Recipes.

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  • Michele

    i will never buy pancake mix again….my family loves theses

  • Chelsea

    Do I have to add anymore baking powder if I used self raising flour?

  • bekah

    I usually prefer buttermilk pancakes but I needed a good go to recipe to use when I’m out of buttermilk. This one was excelent! I’ve already jotted it down to put in my permanent recipe book and will be using it often. Thanks!

    • Nancy

      You can add 1 Tbls. Apple Cider Vinegar per Cup of milk. This causes the milk to sour and is a great substitute for buttermilk.

  • Phil

    Made these this morning. They were quick and easy. My 3 yr old devoured them. I will make these as often as possible. I even had the thought to mix the dry ingredients in a mason jar with a list of the wet ingredients so anyone can make them or even make a great gift.
    Thank you I love it.

  • clea

    These were great! Fluffy and perfect.

  • Lindsay

    I don’t even like pancakes but these are AMAZING! Also, I love your comment on Applebees and Forever 21…amen sister! :)

  • Megh

    I have been searching for the perfect pancake recipe for three years and finally found it. These are sooo yummy!

  • Danielle

    made these this morning for the family and they were delicious! The batter was just the right consistency and the pancakes came out very fluffy! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Michael

    I don’t know why everyone was complaining about the thickness of the batter. TRY COOKING THEM!!! The batter might look a little thick, but they turned out GREAT once I cooked them. It was nice to eat pancakes that were fluffy and not flat. BEST PANCAKES EVER!

  • Valisha

    Made these today. Added more milk because the batter was too thick but it tasted great.

  • Andrea

    i followed the directions to the letter and the batter when finished resembled a almost thick dough. I kept adding milk to thin it out so it would look like a normal pancake batter and it turned into a gack like substance. Not sure what happened as I’ve made several diff pancake recipes over the years and this has never happened before.

  • Madi

    These were OK. They didn’t have Much flavor to them.

  • Elise

    I did not have any vanilla extract so I used almond extract and it was really good!

  • Perfection

    i made these as soon as I found the recipe and they were delicious turned out perfect!!

  • Olivia

    Hi Rachel! I was looking around for a yummy homemade pancake mix. I thought yours sounded good so I tried it not expecting how yummy those would be! I always got the boxed stuff but never made by scratch…I’m now sorry for what I missed out on! I tell everyone who needs a quick recipe for pancakes about you! And thank you for making me realize what a pancake is SUPPOSED to taste like!!!!

  • mamag

    I made these this morning and they were absolutely delicious!

  • These pancakes were amazing! I have just finished eating them this very moment. Fluffiest pancakes ever. No need to add butter to the skillet (which is where I have gone wrong before) So very good, though I just added regular milk in place of the buttermilk. Still amazing.

  • Elisha

    Thank you for this great recipe. I recently started writing my favorite recipes down and storing then in the kitchen. This recipe made it into my recipe box. My whole family loved them so much.

  • Whitney

    i thought they could use half the salt. They actually tasted salty to me

    • Anonymous

      Me too

      • Anonymous

        Me three

    • Fran

      I put 1/2 of the salt and added 1 1/2 cups of milk instead of 1 1/4. The recipe is great, but for me needed these changes.

  • Rachel

    I’ve been making pancakes for years and have never, ever found a satisfactory recipe. Too flat, lumps of flour, stick to the pan, any number of issues despite following the exact recipe always seem to happen. I made this recipe tonight for dinner and was so astounded and in love I called my husband into the kitchen to look at the beautiful pancakes! Haha. All that to say, thanks for a GREAT, and my new go-to, recipe!

  • Carol

    Hi sorry if I’ve missed the answer but do you use plain flour or self raising? Thank you

  • jamie

    Do you use AP or self-rising?

  • Laura

    did you cook these pancakes in any kind of fat (oil, unsalted butter, coconut oil)?

  • jane

    These pancakes turned out great!! despite accidentally leaving out the butter and used almond milk instead of milk, This will be my new packcake recipe from now on. I plan to make again for tomorrow’s breakfast or dinner.

  • Suad

    Hello! I was just wondering if I could use this recipe and bake the pancakes in cupcake tins instead? I’ve made baked pancakes before and they were great, but it was slightly a different recipe. Yours looks SO much more mouthwatering though, so I was wondering if it would work. Thanks!

  • Kare

    I want to make only 4 pancakes, is it ok if I cut ingredients by half or should I make adjustments in any?

  • Chelsea

    Ok I never, and I mean never, comment on blogs. I’ve tried countless pancake recipes for years trying to find the right one. Your recipe is incredible! SO perfect. Thanks- I can finally stop the terrible search for the right one.

  • Alex

    I made these this morning and they turned out just as pictured and absolutely delicious! Great recipe! Thanks!!

  • krysay

    Mine didnt brown as nice.

  • Brandi

    Great recipe! I substituted buttermilk for regular milk and added a handful of blueberries. Just wonderful! Mine where thick and fluffy. A keeper for sure.

  • Jenn

    I just made these for supper and subbed in coconut milk instead of regular milk and honestly my daughter wouldn’t shut up the entire time she ate her stack! My son was just as thrilled… So 4/4 love! I am sure it is just as good with regular milk :)

  • Kaytlen

    Is there a difference between baking soda and baking powder? Because I just made these and used baking soda, assuming it was the same and they tasted fowl!!!!! I was quite disgusted with how they turned out!!!!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, there is a difference!

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t have baking powder, you can use 1/4 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tartar per tsp of baking powder called for.

  • Fran

    My family wanted pancakes this morning and I was out of pa cake mix so I tried this recipe. Oh my, so easy s do so light and fluff. I am adding pancake mix to the list of prepackaged food I won’t ever be buying agsin. My husband who hardly ever eats pancakes is still raving about these. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Rachel Schultz

      you are welcome fran!

  • Trinity

    On vanilla do you mean. Vanilla Extract

  • bonjour
    une petite question,la tasse fait combien de grammes s’il vous plait ,merci pour le partage

  • Jackie

    I made these for Christmas breakfast this morning and they were terrific. Added some blueberries for some extra yumminess. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Elisa

    Now, when you say “serves 7-8″… Do you mean it yields 7-8 pancakes?

    • Rachel Schultz


  • Thnk u so much 4 dis recepi. .it dd come out well but i expected it to be a bit more fluffier. In terms of the bak7ng powder is it heaped tsp or level… and how do i make it fluffier .. is the backing powder responsible for that ? If so how much exactly should I add…

  • Anna

    Hello, I was wondering could i use almond and coconut flour and almond or coconut milk to make these lower carb ?

    Thanks Anna Martin

    • Rachel Schultz

      I have not tried this, but let me know how it goes for you!

    • Anonymous

      We used Almond Flour on these tonight. They were yummy but didn’t fluff as well.

  • JusaintRite

    I ❤Pancakes, thanks for this

  • Maria

    Can you make the batter the night before and keep it in the fridge? Or would you seriously compromise taste & fluffiness?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I have not done this, but if you try it please let me know how it goes.

    • Sue

      Yes you can ,my dad made this when we were young &still does.They are the only one my family will eat,you can refrigerate them all you do is stir a little before cooking.

  • Karen

    just made them!super easy and great taste.woke up wanting pancakes but no mix. My new go to recipe.Thanks doll!

  • Jo

    Hi there.
    Made these for a quick dinner tonight. Ran out of mix and found these on Pinterest. Used whole wheat flour and coconut oil instead of butter and they were phenominal. Everyone agrees that this is our new go to for pancakes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Laura Lombardi

    I made these this morning with my 11 year old daughter. They are yummy! Should be fun to play around with mix-ins too. I’m thinking maybe apples and cinnamon for next weekend. :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Christine

    My husband said lets go to Dennys for pancakes, I found this recipe.these pancakes were delicious! Definately keeping this recipe.simple and perfect! Pancakes at Dennys have noting on these ! Yummy yummy yummy :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m making these again as we speak too!

  • These look good and similar to my moms scratch recipe. Sadly she doesn’t make those too often. I can’t wait to try this one.
    Is bad though…that I like Bisquick pancakes still? I just made them the other day and ate half a batch all on my own….Depending on how well I make them, they taste better or worse. Worst I’ve ever had was just tasteless but I still liked the fluffiness and syrup. :P

  • Megan

    This is my go-to pancake recipe for my kids! They love these, & I like that they are made-from-scratch rather than something dumped out of a box! :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! We made these just the other night too.

  • These are picture perfect!

  • […] I have also discovered a recipe from Rachel Schutz blog for ‘Old fashioned pancakes’ (http://rachelschultz.com/2013/08/12/old-fashioned-pancakes/) which are brilliant. Topped with fruit or peanut butter or whatever topping you like, pancakes […]

  • Rachel

    try substituting buttermilk-yum!

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