Fluffy Old Fashioned Pancakes

Old Fashioned Pancakes are LIGHT, FLUFFY, BUTTERY, and EASY to make from scratch. Skip the store bought mix and make them homemade!

stack of pancakes with syrup

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Old Fashioned Pancakes

Homemade pancakes are one of the best, and quickest, breakfast options to make. Not only are they easy to make, taste heavenly, but pancakes are are so versatile!

Add your favorite ingredients into the mix, or go crazy with toppings.

But if you want to skip the box mix, make them the old fashioned way.


This fool proof recipe will have you serving light and fluffy, rich and buttery, good old fashioned pancakes.

And make your the star of breakfast!

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Making pancakes from scratch requires simple ingredients that are staples in everyone’s pantry.

Ingredients for making pancakes

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • egg
  • milk
  • melted butter

How to make old fashioned pancakes

STEP ONE: Preheat the griddle to 325F or pan over medium high heat. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

STEP TWO: Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Give it a good mix, breaking up any large clumps.

STEP THREE: Add butter, oil, or non-stick spray to your frying pan or griddle. With a ladle or large spoon (about 1/4 cup), pour batter onto the heated surface.

STEP FOUR: Cook until the bubbles along the edge pop but stay open and don’t fill back in. Flip and cook until done, roughly 1-2 minutes. Remove and continue until you use up the pancake mix.

Serve with fresh fruit, butter, and/or syrup!

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What is the secret to fluffy pancakes?

It’s all about the egg whites!

When prepping the batter, separate the egg yolk from the egg whites. Whip the egg whites separately until soft peaks form.

Mix the wet ingredients (minus the egg whites) into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Gently add the egg whites, in a few batches, to the batter. Carefully folding them into the batter in between each addition.

Keep doing this until you have incorporated all of the egg whites into the batter.

Proceed with cooking!

old fashioned pancakes on a white plate with raspberries

Can I Use Oil Instead of Butter?

Have you run out of butter? Don’t let that stop you from having pancakes for breakfast.

Simply substitute the butter in the recipe with some oil and milk.

To make sure you achieve the right consistency for the pancake batter, I use 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon milk.

Pancake Tips for No Leftovers

  • I have doubled the recipe with no problems!
  • Make the batter and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the batter to get airy.
  • Add in an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract for more flavor.
  • Don’t make super huge pancakes. They will be hard to flip and could get messy.

Old Fashioned Pancake Toppings

  • chocolate chips
  • fresh berries
  • toasted pecans
  • maple syrup
  • sprinkles
  • jame or jelly

My family loved these pancakes because they are fluffy and thick.

This is a great recipe to have taped inside your pantry or cabinet for quick reference!

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Other breakfast ideas

Old Fashioned Pancake Recipe

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Homemade Pancakes

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Old Fashioned Pancakes are LIGHT & FLUFFY, and EASY to make from scratch!


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2. In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Allow to rest as the griddle is heated.
    3. On a lightly greased griddle heated to about 325 degrees, ladle about ¼ cup of the batter. Cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancake and the bottom is evenly browned. Flip and continue cooking until done.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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