Easy Homemade Pancakes

Ditch the Box: Easy Homemade Pancakes for Weekend Bliss

Pancakes are the quintessential breakfast comfort food — perfect for lazy mornings and cozy weekends. But let’s be honest, who has the time to sift through endless ingredients and complicated instructions when you’re craving a stack of fluffy goodness? Fear not, fellow pancake enthusiasts! Today, we’re throwing that boxed mix out the window and whipping up a batch of easy homemade pancakes that are just as quick and convenient, but infinitely more delicious.

Homemade Pancakes Recipe

Beyond the Box: The Joy of Homemade

Making pancakes from scratch isn’t just about convenience – it’s about elevating the experience. You’ll be surprised at how simple the process is, and the reward is a flavor and texture that boxed mixes simply can’t replicate.

Fresh, Simple Ingredients:

This recipe relies on just a handful of pantry staples:

  • Flour: The foundation of our pancake structure, providing a fluffy and lighttexture.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and richness to the batter, creating a tender and delicious bite.
  • Eggs: Act as a binding agent, holding everything together and contributing to a slightly chewy texture.
  • Baking powder: The secret weapon! This leavener helps the pancakes rise beautifully, resulting in a fluffy and airy stack.
  • Butter: Adds a touch of fat and flavor, enhancing the overall richness and creating a slightly crisp edge when cooked well.

Watch how to make this recipe!

Want to see this recipe come to life? Check out this video where I walk you through the entire process, from mixing the batter to achieving that perfect golden brown on your pancakes.

Mixing Up Magic: A Few Key Tips

Making perfect pancakes is all about balance and technique. Here are a few key tips to ensure your homemade creations are fluffy, flavorful, and a joy to eat:

  • Don’t overmix: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough and dense pancakes. Mix the ingredients just until combined, with a few small lumps still visible.
  • Let the batter rest: Letting the batter rest for 10-15 minutes allows the gluten to relax, resulting in lighter and fluffier pancakes.
  • Preheat your pan: A preheated pan is crucial for achieving evenly cooked and perfectly browned pancakes. Use medium heat to ensure the insides cook through without burning the outside.
  • Butter is your friend: Invest in a good quality butter, like Kerrygold Irish butter, for the best flavor and texture. A pat of butter adds richness and helps create those deliciously crisp edges.

Beyond the Basics: Explore Your Flavor Palette

While this recipe is a classic, feel free to experiment with flavors and add-ins to personalize your pancakes! Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Sweet and Fruity: Fold in fresh or frozen berries, chopped bananas, or apples into the batter for a burst of fruity sweetness.
  • Chocolatey Cravings: Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the batter for a delicious twist. You can even top them with chocolate chips or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to the batter for a warm and comforting flavor.
  • Go Savory: For a savory twist, try using buttermilk instead of milk and add a sprinkle of shredded cheese or chopped herbs to the batter.

The Perfect Finishing Touch: Quality Matters

Don’t skimp on the toppings! Invest in a good quality real maple syrup for the ultimate pancake experience. The rich flavor of real maple syrup far surpasses the artificial syrups often used with boxed mixes.

Ditch the Box, Embrace the Fun!

Making pancakes from scratch is a fun and rewarding activity that’s perfect for families, couples, or simply enjoying a quiet weekend morning. So, ditch the box, gather your ingredients, watch the video, and experience the joy of creating fluffy, delicious, and homemade pancakes any time you crave them.

Happy pancake making!

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Homemade Pancakes Recipe

Homemade Pancakes

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Made with flour, milk, eggs, baking powder and butter, these easy homemade pancakes come together almost as quickly as packaged pancake mix — so there's no excuse not to make them yourself.
Make sure you serve these with a good quality butter, such as Kerrygold Irish butter, and real maple syrup. It makes all the difference! If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my banana pancakes and Swedish pancakes recipes!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Real maple syrup for topping
  • Butter for serving


  • Whisk dry ingredients together.Whisk wet ingredients together.
  • Heat griddle until a drop of water sizzles and bubbles off the pan.
  • Grease pan or griddle with butter or cooking spray. Add 1/3 cup of batter at a time and cook until bubbles begin to form on the pancakes. Check for brownness and flip to the other side.
  • Reserve on an ovenproof plate in a 180-200 F oven until all the pancakes are done.
  • Serve pancakes with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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