How to make amazing pancakes from scratch! This is my Grandma's and my Mom's recipe and it's all that I use anymore! It's perfect every time! 

How to make amazing pancakes from scratch! This is my Grandma's and my Mom's recipe and it's all that I use anymore! It's perfect every time! 

Pancakes from scratch can be tough, but not with this recipe!

Pancakes are my nemesis. It has taken me years of frustration, and finally cluing in and purchasing a dang good griddle, to finally make them at home without throwing a temper tantrum. And I have. Thrown a temper tantrum over pancakes, that is. Just ask my husband, who has ducked when the half-cooked, half-burned pancakes have started a' flyin' in the kitchen. Now, however, I know how to make pancakes from scratch.

This recipe is the perfect base for any pancakes. You can substitute whole wheat flour easily (just add another 1/2 tsp of baking powder to compensate for the heaviness), you can add almost any fruit you can think of, and they fluff up beautifully.


How to make pancakes from scratch from @kitchenmagpie

Pancakes From Scratch Tips & Tricks

  • Use a hot griddle. Not as hot as a lot of recipes tell you, because then you just burn the outside of the pancake and the inside is raw. Try using a medium-high heat setting.
  • Get a wide spatula/flipper. This will help you lift the pancake properly and turn it over. I like flippers like this one.
  • Don't over mix the batter, but you don't actually have to fear it that much. Just make sure that everything is combined and then stop. It's ready for you to use.

This is the recipe that my mom used while we were growing up as she always made pancakes from scratch. And I do mean always! Even during the 80's heyday's of everything “boxed”, my mom always made pancakes from scratch! She would freeze then and then we would eat them during the week for a quick breakfast!

Try my Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Casserole or my Best Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins for more great breakfast and brunch recipes!

Happy cooking!




How to make simple but delicious pancakes from scratch, my family's favourite easy recipe! From @kitchenmagpie #brunch #breakfast #recipes #pancakes

4.25 from 4 votes
Pancakes From Scratch
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
How to make simple but delicious pancakes from scratch, my family's favourite easy recipe!  
Course: Breakfast Meals
Cuisine: Pancakes
Servings: 12
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp egg
  • 1/4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. If you have a griddle (and if you don't, I highly suggest buying one) start it heating now on medium heat. I have a cast iron one that I adore, but it takes a while for it to heat up uniformly.

  2. Dump your 1 1/2 cups of flour into your mixing bowl.
  3. Add your baking powder, your sugar and then either sift it, or, if you have never owned a sifter in your life like me, take your whisk to it and fluff it up.
  4. Pour your 1/2 tsp of vanilla into the milk. If you like more vanilla, feel free to add 1 tsp instead.
  5. Pour the 1/4 melted margarine or butter into the mixture.
  6. Beat your egg slightly, then add it as well. Stir everything up nicely.
  7. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour the egg mixture in.
  8. Mix it slowly until it's almost mixed completely.

  9. At this point, you have the perfect pancake base. If you want plain, keep mixing until just, JUST mixed. Not one more turn of the spoon more!
  10. Pour onto your already heated griddle. Flip your pancakes when they are slightly bubbled on the surface and golden brown underneath. The key is a medium heat that is ready and raring to go, so they instantly sizzle when you place them on the surface, but not so hot they burn.

Nutrition Facts
Pancakes From Scratch
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!


  1. totally cool like a drive in move ! Tonight showing….. GOOD EATS

  2. Hi there,

    This recipe lists 1/4 butter, can you clarify if this is 1/4 cup or 1/4 of a stick of butter?

    Thanks for your clarification!

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