Whether you call them pancakes or hotcakes, delicious fluffy pancakes from scratch was probably something you enjoyed as a kid. And, you can continue to enjoy today. Fluffy pancakes are a comfort food appreciated all over the world, and they’re a breakfast staple. But you can dig into these easy homemade pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can include them as a side dish, or you can use them as a conduit for an endless number of proteins, fruits, or vegetables. Anything goes great on a pancake!
When you’re making pancakes at home, you’ll more than likely be using a store-bought pancake mix. But if you truly want to go from scratch, you’ll only need four ingredients to make up the dry components of your mix: flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
For the wet components of your mix, you’ll just need butter or oil, milk or buttermilk, and eggs. If you do any home cooking, you probably have all the ingredients for pancakes in your kitchen right now.
Fluffy Pancakes From Scratch
Depending on their size, these measurements will yield approximately 10 to 14 pancakes.
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 large eggs
First, mix your dry ingredients.
Next, mix your wet ingredients.
Then, slowly pour your wet mixture into your dry mixture, mixing it all together with a rubber spatula. Be very careful not to overwork the batter. You want to break down all of the dry clumps, but overworking the batter will eliminate the air bubbles. And you desperately need those precious air bubbles! They are the purpose of the baking powder, and they’re what make your fluffy pancakes so fluffy.
Grease a cast-iron skillet or electric griddle and heat it to about 375 degrees. If it’s too low, your pancakes will be tough. If the temperature is too high, the outside of your pancakes will burn by the time the center is done.
Scoop about ⅓ cup of batter onto your hot surface for each pancake.
When the entire top of the pancake is bubbling, you’ll notice that the edges are starting to turn brown. That’s how you know it’s time to flip! Learning when to flip a pancake is something that every home cook learns as they go.
It will take the other side of your pancake slightly less time to cook than the first.
When they’re done, just take them off the griddle or skillet, and you’re all finished! Don’t forget to turn off your griddle or stove.
Now just add your desired toppings to your pancakes. Stack them up and serve them with butter, maple syrup, and some fresh berries on top. You can use them as a bed for some juicy fried chicken. Or, to encase a sweet fruit syrup. There are countless ways to enjoy these delicious, fluffy pancakes!
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Tips for Pancake Toppings
If you’ve cooked bacon recently, grease your skillet or griddle with the bacon grease!
You can also create a sweet fruit syrup by covering your favorite fruit in sugar and leaving them in the refrigerator overnight.
A little lemon juice added to your wet ingredients and lemon zest to your dry ingredients makes for a tangy, lemony kick to set your pancakes apart from the rest.
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