How to Make Pancakes

No need to go out for breakfast; pancakes are fast and easy to make at home.

Homemade pancakes give everybody a reason to get out of bed, and making them from scratch is almost as simple as beginning with pancake mix. To whip up a batch of these morning glories, all you need are flour, oil, eggs, leavening, a few basic cooking tools, and -- of course -- plenty of butter and warm maple syrup. Try Family Circle's Perfect Pancakes this weekend. There are also stacks of delicious variations, and you'll find links to some of the best ones below the recipe.

Next weekend, dig into one of the tender treats that follows.

Meanwhile, these four tips are key to making perfect pancakes:

  • Keep pancakes light and tender by mixing quickly and gently. It is better to have a few lumps in the batter than to mix it too much.
  • To tell when your pan or griddle is the right temperature for cooking pancakes, flick a drop of water into the hot pan. If the water bounces out of the pan, the pan is too hot. If the water does not bounce at all, it is too cold. If the water sizzles and bounces in the pan, it is just right.
  • To make pancakes of equal size, mix batter in a large liquid measuring cup, and then pour the same amount of batter for each pancake.
  • Keep cooked pancakes warm by placing them on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven.

Perfect Pancakes

Servings: sixteen 4-inch pancakes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Butter, maple or pancake syrup, and/or confectioner's sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees F and place a foil-lined baking sheet inside. Heat a griddle or large pan to medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and allspice. Separate eggs and whisk egg yolks in a small bowl with milk and oil.
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in egg whites in two additions until no white streaks remain.
  4. Using a ladle, drop 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter onto heated griddle. Repeat, spacing pancakes at least 1 inch apart. Cook 1 minute or until bubbles in batter pop and remain open. Carefully flip pancakes and cook an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Transfer pancakes to baking sheet in warm oven; repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with butter, syrup, and/or confectioner's sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 101, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 28 mg, Sodium 133 mg, Carbohydrate 12 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 2 g. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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