Old-Fashioned Pancakes

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 the actual best and I just sat at my plate wondering if food could get any better.

Fast forward fifteen years and I make 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 with Syrup, Butter, and Blueberries

Old-Fashioned Pancakes
Serves about 12 pancakes

1 and 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 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 bowl. Add in milk, egg, butter, and vanilla and whisk until evenly distributed.

Lightly coat a large skillet with butter and heat over medium-low heat. Pour in 1/4 cup batter.

Flip when bubbles appear. Cook opposite side until slightly golden. Repeat with remaining batter, coating skillet again with butter after each batch.

Serve with fruit, powdered sugar, maple syrup, etc.


Old Fashioned Pancakes with Syrup, Butter, and Blueberries

5.0 from 9 reviews
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ 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 bowl. Add in milk, egg, butter, and vanilla and whisk until evenly distributed.
  2. Lightly coat a large skillet with butter and heat over medium-low heat. Pour in ¼ cup batter.
  3. Flip when bubbles appear. Cook opposite side until slightly golden. Repeat with remaining batter, coating skillet again with butter after each batch.
  4. Serve with fruit, powdered sugar, maple syrup, etc.

Adapted from All Recipes.

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These were easy to make. I had all the ingredients. Trying to get away from the box mix. They had a different taste and were gummy in the middle. Not sure what to change.

I made these old fashioned pancakes in hopes of finding a keeper recipe. I am over the Hungry Jack and Aunt Jemima boxed mixes. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I had all ingredients in the pantry and it was easy to whip up a batch. Moist and tasty! Great work!

I wish I had scrolled through the comments first. My batter turned out more like crepes than traditional pancakes.

My family’s favorite pancake for two years strong! They are so easy and so perfect. I exchange the portions of flour and milk by swapping these two they are the perfect consistency!

Made the recipe as written and they turned out great. This is the first time I have made something other than Bisquick pancakes and they were easy and delicious. Won’t be going back to Bisquick thanks.

I love these pancakes! It’s the only recipe I use. I don’t know when you posted this recipe, but I’ve been using it for maybe 2 years now? I’m particular on my pancakes and waffles and this is THE perfect pancake. I actually use almond milk instead of cows milk because the consistency is better in my family’s opinion. With regular milk, the batter is too thick and the pancakes are a little too fluffy. Thank you for this!

The salt is way too much. I doubled the recipe and only did 1tsp of salt and it was too much. Doubled it again and mixed it together with no salt and it was perfect. 1/4 tsp is perfect for this. Other then that these are amazing!!! Made a buttermilk syrup and these disappeared so fast. Will make again for sure.

Our recipe is really similar except it’s 1 1/4 c flour, 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of oil. No butter or vanilla.

By the way – 3 tbsp IS a T or tbsp so you might want to fix that on the baking powder.

Thanks for this recipe! I have to double it since they go so fast in my house. I use an iron pan and they come out perfect everytime :)

Very good. I understand the Applebee’s culinary mine was Taco Bell I thought that’s how Mexican food tasted. Oh my! This pancake recipe is very good this comes from a very picky husband…flavor good…body good…these are different where did you get the recipe. My grandson requested chocolate chips to his. Thanks for a quick and easy pancake.

I found this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and had a mild freak-out this morning when I realized I forgot to actually pin this recipe after trying it! Thankfully, I found you again and breakfast was delicious :)

Tried these today after realizing we were out of bisquick. I was a little hesitant as I have googled pancake recipes on a whim and they haven’t always turned out right. These seem to be a great medium for everyone. They are not “flap jack” thin nor are they the super thick overly bready type. But I know some people prefer the thicker “heavier” ones. These are NOT that. Hubby did enjot them however. I made my own butter milk ( simply add 3 tsp white vinegar to the milk) & used that instead. They were not very “fluffy” but they looked exactly like the ones pictured here on this page. All and all I would use this recipe again, but they are not the absolute best pancakes ever, more like a 7 rating.

Pancakes were great! I liked how big and fluffy they were. Will probably use less baking soda, and little more milk, but overall a great pancake. Use almond extract instead of vanilla.

You say soda powder in your comment but in the recipe she use baking powder. You only use baking soda when theirs something acid in your recipe^… If you use butter milk then you will add baking soda. I would do 1 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of baking powder.

Love the taste of these pancakes, but how on earth do you get them to spread?! I used the bottom of the ladle but it doesn’t work out so well and I end up with misshapen super thick pancakes that aren’t quite done in the middle.

Add a little more milk to the batter to thin it out a little. Don’t over stir though. The more you stir the more tough they get.
Less liquid for thicker pancakes more liquid for thinner pancakes. Experiment with it till you find the consistency you prefer.
Good Luck.

Add more milk to the batter. Try not to over stir the batter though. The more you stir the tougher they get. For a thinner batter add more liquid, for a thicker batter add less liquid. I prefer a thinner batter to get pancakes like Perkins.
Experiment to get your perfect pancake.

Made last night. Easy steps. All ingredients in my cupboard already. Great texture & flavor. Fluffy how I like them. Have tired a handful of pancake recipes this one is the BEST overall. This will be my “go to” for great pancakes. Thanks.

Made this recipe with vanilla almond milk, it was amazing. Thanks for your post. Also, cut it in half, didn’t need too many pancakes and it worked beautifully.

I literally just finished making these and wow. They are scrumptious. Puffed up well light and fluffy and definitely tasty. Beautiful on its own but even better with vanilla ice cream on the top. Yummy

By far the best pancake recipe I’ve made, I now have it memorized. Never going back to store bought pancake mix. Thanks for sharing!

I made these pancakes this morning and I’m glad as I only had one egg on hand. These fluffed up very nicely and not one pancake was left. I did, however, find the batter really thick so I did thin it out with more milk until I got to a consistency I liked. I will make these again.

My kids love these but they definitely aren’t turning out fluffy, They are kind of flat (nothing like the photo) Any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong? Cooking is not my strong suit so I’m sure there is something I’m missing. The batter is pretty thick, should it be?

I agree with the woman who said these pancakes turned out too salty, however when I make them again, & yes that’s a WHEN, not an IF, I’ll just reduce the amount. These pancakes come out fluffy & oh so delicious. I couldn’t get enough! I made them with almond milk & a sugar substitute & added chocolate sprinkles for my toddler & they were an absolute family favorite! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I’ve made them 3 times so far, the last 2 times with fresh blueberries…they are AWESOME! The husband (who is very VERY particular) said he’d never had better. WOW. I’ll never use a mix again :)

Made these this morning because I was out of our normal pancake mix. I was hesitant to try something new because my husband is finicky when it comes to pancakes, but he loved these and couldn’t stop talking about them! Thank you for the recipe!

Made these for the first time today. We were out of pancake mix and my daughter was having a meltdown. This was the first recipe I found on Pinterest and I am glad I found it. These turned out terrific. I love how the batter fluffed up in the pan and the taste was on point. Thanks for the recipe.

Will be trying out for the first time today but for some reason I always remember that you do the mixture the night before and I did oh well less to do as well for brunch

This is my favorite recipe! Whenever I’m feeling pancakes I refer to this! I love it!!! I don’t really perfectly measure out ever but they always turn out tasty! Not one ingredient really sticks out from the others. And I try to have a mason jar with all the dry ingredients ready to go! thank you!!

This recipe is our favorite pancake staple. However, this morning as my children were begging for pancakes I realized I had no eggs and no baking powder. So I substituted flax seed for the egg ( 1 tbs with 3 tbs of water then let sit for a few min) and baking soda with lemon juice for the baking powder ( 1/4 tsp 3 times with dry ingredients and 1/4 tsp of lemon juice 3 times with wet ingredients) I have to say these pancakes were just as delicious as ever. My kids just said “Yay” when I asked how they liked them. Hope this helps if you find yourself out of eggs and other key ingredients.

Hi Ashley, why do you say 1/4 tsp three times instead of 3/4 tsp? Just wondering if there’s something I’m missing about baking and measuring.

I made these for brunch & they we’re delicious! They were fluffy. We usually use betty crockers recipe that’s in her oldrecipe book. The recipe she has online isn’t the samerecipe but these were pretty similar but a bitt better. It makes me laugh when ppl buy pancake mix! It’s so gross, & expensive.. &making them yourself Is so much cheaper and soo delicious&easy to make.

Hey I made the pancakes and I doubled the recipe, they came out great! thanks for the recipe definitely will be usining it many many more times again!

Just mede these step by step and my pancakes never fluffed up :/ more like flatcakes..lol..the taste was quite good though

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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!!!!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 :)

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!!!!

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.

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.

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

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…

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

Thanks Anna Martin

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.

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!

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!

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 :)

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

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! :)