This golden batch of Fluffy Pancakes is tender, begging to be stacked sky-high, and reminds me of the precious moments with the man who introduced me to them, my dad.
For my sisters, dad, and me, weekend breakfast was a sacred ritual.
I lost my dad very suddenly when he was just 45 years old. Today would be his 61st birthday.
Cooking pancakes keeps me feeling connected to him.
- My dad’s easy fluffy pancake recipe was directly out of an old, beat-up copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (the pancake page was very crusty).
- We always had the ingredients around—flour, milk, eggs, baking powder and soda, a touch of canola oil, and sugar. By the time I was 10, he knew it by heart.
- The recipe in the Better Homes most recent edition (the one on my shelf) has been updated to a buttermilk pancake recipe, but buttermilk wasn’t listed as an ingredient in the original one my dad used.
- We didn’t even use the old buttermilk substitution trick of making fluffy pancakes with vinegar, and they still tasted FAB.
Translation: these pancakes were EASY and you don’t need to buy buttermilk. Huzzah!
5 Star Review
“They came out perfectly fluffy. I’ve never made pancakes from scratch before and these were super simple. I am definitely using this as my go-to recipe for pancakes from now on.”— Deborah —
Despite their thickness, my dad’s pancakes remained pillowy soft and melted on my tongue like the daintiest of flapjacks (if you are a fan of tender pancakes, be sure to check out Coconut Flour Pancakes).
I realize that with a few rounds of Google, I could find my dad’s version of this fluffy pancake recipe, but to be honest with you, I’d rather not.
Between the Peach Pancakes and Oatmeal Pancakes that I’m busy dreaming up (and devouring) for this little corner of the internet, it’s not often that I stir together a simple batch of pancakes like these.
I like not obsessing over them.
The version of fluffy pancakes I’m giving you today is my favorite rendition so far.
They’re pretty much perfect, especially when made with love.
How to Make Fluffy Pancakes
You don’t need to make fluffy pancakes with pancake mix.
Homemade pancakes are one of the easiest breakfasts to cook from scratch.
The taste (and the love they show) make them worth it every time.
How to Make Fluffy Pancakes
- DO NOT OVERMIX. Stop mixing the batter as soon as it is moistened. In this fluffy pancake batter, the lumps are your friend.
- Let Your Batter Rest. Letting your pancake batter rest for 10 minutes will allow the batter to come together, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
- Start with a Test. As with my Strawberry Crepes, treat your first pancake as a test. Take note of how it turns out, then adjust the heat and cook time accordingly.
- Bring the Heat. Make sure your skillet/griddle is hot BEFORE you add the batter. The heat will kickstart the rising process.
- Adjust the Heat as Needed. With thick pancakes like these, it is a balance between keeping the griddle hot enough to turn the outsides golden, without burning them before the insides cook through. Don’t be afraid to adjust as you go.
- Flour. All-purpose flour helps make sure these pancakes are light and fluffy.
- Sugar. For a sweet, tender, and moist pancake.
- Baking Powder + Baking Soda. What causes a pancake to be fluffy and rise? These two ingredients are key. They work together to keep the batter light and airy, creating fluffier pancakes.
- Milk. The all-important liquid agent in our pancake batter.
- Egg. Gives the pancakes structure. The yolk is also responsible for added richness and color.
Run out of eggs? You can still make good pancakes without eggs. See these Vegan Pancakes for a recipe.
- Canola Oil. Helps keep the pancakes moist.
- Vanilla. The secret to a truly delicious pancake (in my opinion). A touch of vanilla makes them taste especially warm and cozy.
- Stir the dry ingredients together.
- Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.
- Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a pre-heated non-stick pan or griddle. When the batter forms bubbles and the edges are dry, it is time to flip.. Repeat until batter is gone. DIG IN!
- To Store. Refrigerate pancakes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
- To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
- To Freeze. Place pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pancakes to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the toaster or as directed above.
Meal Prep Tip
Multiply the recipe as needed to ensure you’ll have extra pancakes. Freeze the pancakes as directed above. Reheat pancakes throughout the week with your desired toppings for easy, quick breakfasts.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Non-Stick Skillet. Ideal for making pancakes.
- Griddle. A stovetop griddle is another great option for making pancakes.
- Mixing Bowls. The only set of mixing bowls you’ll need.
These fluffy pancakes are tasty, delightfully tender, and perfect for lazy weekends in cozy slippers.
They also make a lovely birthday breakfast, if I do say so myself. Happy Birthday, Daddy. Love you always.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, that will be fine to use any non-dairy milk! I recommend almond milk, oat milk or cashew milk for a natural flavor. A can of light coconut milk can also be used.
Absolutely! To make fluffy pancakes with chocolate chips, nuts or with blueberries, fold 1/3 to 1/2 cup of your mix-ins into the batter. You also can sprinkle the mix-ins on top of the pancakes as they cook prior to flipping. This method works well for banana slices and is also yummy with Healthy Granola sprinkled on for crunch.
On a typical morning, I’m partial to melted butter, maple syrup, nut butter, or Greek yogurt, fresh berries are always a good choice too. If I’m feeling fancy, however, I might top my pancakes with some Baked Apple Slices, Slow Cooker Apple Butter, Baked Peaches, or the strawberry sauce from my Greek Yogurt Cheesecake. You can even try nutella, pecans, raspberries, or strawberries.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Butter or pure maple syrup, or other toppings, for serving
- Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 200 degrees F. Have a large baking sheet or pan on hand. Heat a large, non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large measuring cup or another medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, canola oil, and vanilla.
- Add egg mixture all at once to the dry mixture. Stir with a fork just till moistened (batter should be lumpy).
- Once the skillet is properly heated (do not add the batter when the skillet is cold), lightly grease the skillet with butter or cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until the pancakes are golden brown. When the batter forms a bubbly surface and the edges are dry, it is time to flip. Turn to the second side and cook until golden. Remove to a baking pan and place in the preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately with butter, pure maple syrup, or any other topping you fancy.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate pancakes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
- TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
- TO FREEZE: Place pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen pancakes to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the toaster or as directed above.
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Memories of My Dad
It took me years to start talking about my dad comfortably with new people I met. Now, I find peace (and sadness, but happiness too) sharing about him. Here are some of the things I remember. Thanks for reading. ♥
- He was a wonderful man, a loving father, and fiercely dedicated to family game night.
- He tried to hold my hand in public until the age it became embarrassing, and I wouldn’t let him.
- He taught me to ride a bike and to drive.
- We used to run together; I thought we were the same pace but now I realize he slowed down for me.
- His favorite dessert was German chocolate cake (you can find my fave recipe for it in my cookbook).
- He ended every conversation with, “I love you.”
- He made the world’s fluffiest pancakes every Saturday morning.