basic pancake recipe

i make this at least every weekend, and sometimes during the week, too. this is so easy, the only acceptable excuse for pre-made pancake mixes are specially dietary reasons. this is a low-yield recipe: about four CD-size pancakes. it can probably be doubled (or tripled, etc) for more.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (only ½ tsp. table salt)
  • ¾ soy milk (cow juice is probably fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. sugar

  1. Put non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium-low heat.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix the milk, egg, and sugar in another container.
  4. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir. Add milk if batter is not pourable.
  5. Pour batter into skillet to desired pancake size.
  6. After about two minutes, flip. The top of the pancake should have bubbles breaking on the surface when it is ready to flip. Knowing when to flip takes practice, but you can’t screw it up too badly. You can use your spatula to peek under the edge to check before flipping.
  7. Remove after one more minute (or so) on the other side.
  8. Apply butter and syrup. (Pure maple syrup. Anything else is blasphemy.)

if your pancakes are turning out a little bit uncooked in the middle, it means the batter was too thick. add more milk next time!

this is based on the pancake recipe in how to cook everything by mark bittman.


You are TOO correct about using anything besides real maple syrup. And, anyone who pays the price for the store-bought mix to make pancakes is just plain lazy and/or incompetent! Thanks for the recipe! J

» Joan Geohegan » january 10, 2006 3:12am

hi i would just like too say this on ur pancakes i would use chocolate spread it is lovely TRY IT!!! GO ON MSN

» karra » january 14, 2006 1:52pm

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» kerry-ann » july 3, 2006 9:35pm

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» Renee from Cafe Banter » october 24, 2006 7:16pm

There's one other good reason for pre-made pancake mix. I am disabled, with no transportation, limited budget, and I am out of milk. But i have Aunt Jemima's Complete Pancake Mix, which can be made with water. So, if I want some form of bread to go with my eggs and bacon, this works. If someone is out of ingredients, don't be so quick to judge.

» John Walker » february 1, 2007 3:52am

"Pure maple syrup. Anything else is blasphemy." SNOB..........

» John Walker » february 1, 2007 3:54am

Thank you so much for giving me this recipe. I was looking for one all morning, but I couldn't find one that called for only 1 cup of flour. I needed a recipe that called for that because I don't have much flour to work with


» Daniel » march 2, 2007 7:20am

can you make this with slethraising flour

» robert » may 22, 2007 4:19am

its gone lumpy :( mybad

» caitie » august 19, 2008 6:57am

its me again yeahh i dont think i can cook i burnt the pancakes would it of mattered if i had two eggs isted of 1 and no sugar? comment me back x

» caitie » august 19, 2008 7:27am

i don’t think it would matter that much.

» jim winstead (link) » september 27, 2008 2:46pm

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