Homemade Pancakes
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$0.95 RECIPE / $0.24 SERVING

Is there anything more satisfying than a large stack of fluffy handmade pancakes?

I already have a couple of pancake recipe variations on Budget Bytes, but it was about time I added an easy, go-to homemade pancakes recipe to the mix.

Making pancakes is simple, but I’ve got a few pointers to help you get the fluffiest and tastiest stack possible!


The batter for pancakes is really easy. Milk, butter, egg, sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt are the only pantry essentials required.

I often add a dash of vanilla essence for added depth of flavor. After mixing the mixture for a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to a warm handmade pancake breakfast.


Source: The Spruce Eats

Although the baking powder is responsible for leavening the pancake, other substances and practices have an impact on how effectively it works. Here are some suggestions for making particularly soft and fluffy pancakes:

Make sure you have fresh baking powder. Check the expiration date or perform a quick test to ensure that it is still valid. In a cup of hot water, dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking powder.

The baking powder is still active if it fizzes.

The batter should not be over stirred. Stir only until the flour is moistened but there are still a few lumps.

Over-stirring the mixture causes the gluten in the flour to form, making the pancakes rubbery instead of soft and fluffy.
After mixing the batter, set it aside for 15 minutes. This permits the flour to absorb all of the liquid and soften any leftover lumps without the need for additional stirring.

The batter should be thick but not too thick to pour. Your pancakes will be thin if the batter is too runny. The pancakes maybe a little dry if the batter is too thick.

As a result, you may need to tweak the amount of milk in the batter to achieve the desired consistency.


Making homemade pancakes is my favorite part because I can be creative with the toppings. Pancakes may be made with so much more than butter and maple syrup! Here are some suggestions:

  • Jam or jelly
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Lemon curd
  • Powdered sugar
  • Nutella
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Hot buttered apples
  • Nuts
  • Applesauce

What is your go-to topping for pancakes?


This easy homemade pancakes recipe makes the most delicious and fluffy stack of pancakes around! Perfect for a cozy weekend breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Resting Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings:  2 pancakes each


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.07)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder ($0.03)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.03)
  • ¾ cup +2 Tbsp. warm milk* ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter ($0.20)
  • 1 large egg ($0.21)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
  • 4 tsp cooking oil ($0.05)


  1. In a mixing basin, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla essence in a separate basin.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients basin and whisk briefly to incorporate. The consistency should be thick but pourable, with some lumps. Allow 15 minutes for the batter to rest.
  4. In a large skillet or griddle, heat the oil over medium heat. When the pan is hot, drizzle in enough cooking oil to coat the surface (approximately 1/2 tsp each pancake). 1/4 cups at a time, pour the pancake batter onto the hot griddle. Spread the batter into a 4.5-inch diameter circle with the back of the measuring cup.
  5. Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on the surface and start to pop, the edges are dry, and the bottom is golden brown (about 60 seconds). Cook the pancakes on the other side until golden brown (about 30 seconds).
  6. Cook the remaining batter in batches, adding extra oil to the skillet as needed, until all of the pancakes are done. Until all of the pancakes are done, keep them warm on a dish beneath a towel or in a warm oven. Serve with your favorite toppings while still warm!


*3/4 cup milk yields an extremely thick dough with a light dry texture. One cup of milk results in a thinner batter and less thick and fluffy pancakes.

Perfectly thick and fluffy pancakes were produced using 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons of milk. You can modify the amount of milk in the batter to achieve the desired consistency.

Using slightly warm milk keeps the butter melted and allows it to be properly distributed throughout the batter.


  • Serving: 2 pancakes
  • Calories: 279 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Sodium: 536 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g


Yummy Pancake
Food: Yummy Pancake
Source: The Spruce Eats
  1.  In a mixing basin, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.5 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2.  Whisk together 3/4 cup warm milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 big egg, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence in a separate basin. Whisk together the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients in a mixing dish.
  4. Stir only until the bottom of the basin is free of dry flour. It’s fine if there are a few lumps left in the batter; just don’t overmix. Allow 15 minutes for the batter to rest.
  5. The batter for the pancakes should be thick but pourable. The pancakes will be thin if the batter is thin. Pancakes with a thicker batter will be thicker. However, if the batter is too thick, the pancakes will be dry. So, if necessary, add a little more milk to make the batter thick but pourable.
  6. Preheat a medium-sized skillet or griddle. Brush some cooking oil over the surface once it’s hot.
  7. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and spread it out into a circle with the measuring cup (about 4-inches in diameter). Cook the pancakes until bubbles appear on the surface and some have burst open. Multiple pancakes can be cooked at the same time. For demonstration purposes, I just did one at a time.
  8.  Flip the pancake and cook the other side until golden brown. To ensure equal cooking, you may need to adjust the heat up or down as you cook the pancakes.
  9. Cook the remaining batter in batches, adding extra oil to the skillet as needed, until all of the pancakes are done. Cover the homemade pancakes with a clean dish towel to keep them warm while you finish the rest of the batch.

Add your favorite toppings to the homemade pancakes and enjoy!