Easy Basic Pancakes

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Written by DEPKES.ORG March 2023

Homemade pancakes are surprisingly simple to whip up. With uses ingredients you likely have on hand, and you'll have a fluffy stack ready to eat in less than half an hour. 

1. Ingredients

– 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled) – 2 tablespoons sugar – 2 teaspoons baking powder – ½ teaspoon salt – 1 cup milk – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil – 1 large egg – 1 tablespoon vegetable oil – Assorted toppings, such as butter, maple syrup, confectioners' sugar, honey, jams, preserves, sweetened whipped cream, or chocolate syrup

2. Step 1

Preheat oven to 200 degrees; have a baking sheet or heatproof platter ready to keep cooked pancakes warm in the oven. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. Step 2

 In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).

4. Step 3

Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half, and moisten with oil; carefully rub skillet with oiled paper towel.

4. Step 4

For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet).

4. Step 5

Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in oven. Continue with more oil and remaining batter.

Pancake Variations 

BUTTERMILK: In step 1, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to dry mixture. In step 2, replace the milk with low-fat buttermilk. 1. YOGURT: In step 1, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to dry mixture. In step 2, replace the milk with 2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt and 1/3 cup milk.