The batter only needs to be mixed until combined unless otherwise stated in the recipe. Ideally, after mixing let the batter stand for 5-10 minutes before cooking. Some other batter tips include:
Many recipes call for buttermilk if you don’t have any on hand you can easily make your own How to Make Buttermilk
Use room temperature ingredients: This will help all the wet ingredients to combine easier. Take your butter and eggs out of the fridge and measure your milk. Allow the ingredients to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
If your batter is toorunny and spreads out just add a bit of flour.
If your batter doesn’t spread at all it’s too thick and add a bit more water or milk.
When the pancake spreads fine, but doesn’t rise, add a bit of leavening agent (baking soda/powder)
Whisking the egg whites: Separate the yolk from the white. Place the yolk in the batter when directed to add the egg. Put the white in a separate bowl. When the batter is combined with all of the ingredients, then whisk the white until fluffy. Then, fold them into the batter. This will help give a fluffy airy pancake.
When to Flip: When making a new recipe it’s a good idea to cook a test pancake and make adjustments.
Don’t flip the pancake until little bubbles appear on the top of the batter and the edges turn golden.
Once flipped it the cooked side should be an even golden brown. If it has burn marks, that means the temperature is too high. Make adjustments to the temperature before cooking more.
Though it may seem like a good idea to help it cook faster or evenly, do not press the pancakes down with a spatula. All that does is flatten it.
Serving a crowd + Storing LEftovers
Cooking and serving 2-3 large hot pancakes per person can become quite the task. One way to help is to use a large electric skillet. You can make 2-3x more at a time than you can using a skillet on the stove.
Another tip is to start cooking the pancakes about 20 minutes before you need to serve them. You can place the pancakes in a warm (200°F) oven to keep them warm. Be sure you don’t cover them with foil otherwise they will become soggy.
Making the batter ahead of time or storing extra batter: Pancake batter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Simply mix the batter and place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the bowl. Remix before pouring. Test out 1 pancake. If it does not rise well add a bit more leavening agent. Depending on the recipe it will most likely be the baking powder or soda.
Storing Pancakes: Leftover pancakes are great to pop in the microwave or toaster for a quick breakfast. Place them in an airtight container and they can last for 3-4 days in the fridge. I also have a great post on How to Freeze Pancakes.
We have a lot of favorite pancake recipes in our house (as you can tell by the amount of pancake variations)! But these ones are by far the BEST!
BreakfastButtermilk Pancake Recipe
Tender homemade buttermilk pancakes turn out light and fluffy every time. These golden beauties are impossible to resist!
Dutch Baby Pancakes are a super simple, fun, and delicious breakfast that the whole family will love. Similar to German Pancakes (but made in a rounded skillet), these dutch babies are simple and can be topped with powdered sugar, syrup, berries, jam.
Pancakes by nature are easy! However, these recipes are especially easy because they’re a basic pancake with only one or two simple additions, like chocolate chips.
I also included our German Pancake recipe—it only takes minutes to prepare and feeds a crowd!
BreakfastEasy Pancake Recipe
The easiest and yummiest basic pancake recipe. Use this recipe if you're out of mix for delicious pancakes that everyone will love. Plus, check out all our tips on how to change them up for even more flavor!
Strawberries & Cream Pancakes – These strawberries and cream pancakes are perfect for celebrating spring! They’re bursting with strawberry flavor and topped with an amazing homemade strawberry sauce. They’d be wonderful for a Mother’s Day brunch, or a fun Saturday breakfast.
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!