Perfect Fluffy Pancakes

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes are the ultimate way to start the day. Use pantry ingredients like sugar, baking powder, and vanilla to make the best pancakes ever!

Delicious, airy homemade Pancakes are one of those classic Breakfast Recipes that can make any morning absolutely wonderful. Serve them up with maple syrup, eggs, and bacon for the perfect, filling family meal. For more go-to breakfast dishes try our recipes for Waffles and French Toast.

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate with whipped cream, fresh berries, and maple syrup

PERFECT FLUFFY PANCAKES

This Perfect Fluffy Pancake recipe uses simple ingredients and easy instructions to make the fluffiest pancakes ever. It’s the ideal pancake recipe because they are quick, simple, and turn out wonderfully airy every time. Just whisk together a few pantry staples, give it some time to sit, spend a few minutes frying them up, and you’ll have delicious pancakes from scratch. They’re the fluffiest pancakes ever in just a few easy steps!

A morning spent making and eating pancakes with your kids can make an ordinary day start out special. Whip up this Fluffy Pancake recipe on weekends when everyone has time to indulge in a big breakfast. This will become your go-to breakfast to enjoy as a family because they’re easy but still delicious and indulgent. 

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Pancakes are great for sharing, but since you have to cook pancakes a few at a time it can be difficult to have everybody eating together. If you’re cooking pancakes for a big group, try keeping the pancakes warm in the oven. As you cook them up, just put the finished pancakes on an oven-safe plate in the preheated oven. Then instead of everyone eating in shifts as you cook pancakes, everyone can eat together once you’ve finished the whole recipe. Just take the stack of warmed pancakes from the oven and serve!

CLASSIC PANCAKE TOPPINGS

One of the best things about pancakes is deciding what delicious toppings to serve them with. You can serve up this Perfect Pancake recipe with standard toppings like melted butter and maple syrup, or mix things up with other favorites. Here are some toppings to try to change up this basic pancake recipe:

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TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT FLUFFY PANCAKES

  • Dry ingredients: Start the pancake recipe by sifting the flour, baking powder, salt, and white granulated sugar, into a mixing bowl. Sift the ingredients twice so there are no lumps and they are well combined. 
  • Wet ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together the butter, milk, egg, and vanilla. 
  • Pancake batter: Transfer the dry ingredients to the bowl with the milk mixture. Whisk until just combined. Do not over-mix or the pancakes will turn out too dense. It’s normal for there to be some lumps left in the batter.
  • Sit: Let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. This resting time is crucial for the ingredients to combine properly and make the Perfect Fluffy Pancakes. 
  • Cooking: Preheat your griddle or cast-iron skillet to medium heat. Don’t make it too hot, or the pancakes will burn on the outside before the middle cooks. Add cooking spray, unless you’re using a nonstick griddle. Use a ¼ cup measurer to scoop the pancake batter and pour it on the griddle. Using the cup measurer gets you regular and nicely sized pancakes that are easy to cook evenly. Cook for a few minutes until air bubbles form, then flip the pancake and cook for an additional 20 seconds or until golden brown on the edges and cooked in the center. 

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate with whipped cream, fresh berries, and maple syrup

VARIATIONS ON FLUFFY PANCAKES

  • Add-ins: You can make lots of variations on these perfect pancakes with delicious mix-ins. Try adding chocolate chips, pecans, peanut butter, coconut flakes, bacon bits, toffee bits, or butterscotch chips. 
  • Vegan Pancakes: To make the perfect vegan pancake recipe, you’ll need to replace the milk and the egg. For the milk, try a simple substitute like almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. For the egg, either use a flax egg or mashed banana. ¼ cup mashed banana is equal to 1 egg. 
  • Blueberry Pancakes: To make classic Blueberry Pancakes, add a cup of frozen or fresh blueberries to the batter. You could also make strawberry or raspberry pancakes, or use a variety of berries for a mixed berry pancake. 

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HOW TO STORE FLUFFY PANCAKES

  • Serve: After you’ve finished the Fluffy Pancake recipe, don’t leave them at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: Once the pancakes have cooled you can put them in a Ziplock bag or another airtight container to store in the fridge. The homemade recipe will keep well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 
  • Freeze: You can also make the pancakes ahead of time and freeze them. Frozen pancakes will keep well for 3 months. When you’re ready to serve up the frozen pancakes, let them thaw in the fridge. Then place the pancakes on a baking sheet and cover them with foil to reheat. Enjoy a delicious family breakfast as good as fresh!

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate with whipped cream, fresh berries, and maple syrup

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Perfect Fluffy Pancakes

Perfect Fluffy Pancakes are the ultimate way to start the day. Use pantry ingredients like sugar, baking powder, and vanilla to make the best pancakes ever!
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar twice into a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add in flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop ¼ cup batter onto lightly buttered griddle on medium heat and cook until bubbles form.
  • Flip and cook for 20 seconds.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Perfect Fluffy Pancakes

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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