Best Fluffy Pancakes

Best Fluffy Pancakes

These homemade pancakes are super easy to make. Try them plain or with a few chocolate chips scattered inside.

Weekend mornings were meant for fluffy, light pancakes. This pancake recipe is ready in a jiffy and absolutely delicious. The key to fluffy pancakes is baking powder and not over-mixing the batter. If you mix the batter too long you will activate the gluten. Too much gluten will result in gummy, dense pancakes. This applies to all batter recipes. You want to incorporate all the ingredients but it is ok for the batter to be a little lumpy. In this fluffy pancake recipe I recommend you mix the dry ingredients first then mix the sugar, butter, milk and eggs in a separate bowl and add them to the dry ingredients to blend together. A few turns with a whisk is all you need to fully incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. After the ingredients blend together let the batter rest for a minute while you are heating up the griddle.

The batter should be slightly lumpy but all the ingredients should be combined. Make sure you mix the bottom of the bowl.

What is the best pancake pan?

A cast iron griddle works best for fluffy pancakes. Lodge makes a great cast iron griddle that doubles as a grill available here on Amazon. This is one of my favorite pieces of cooking equipment. I use it for steak, burgers, fish, pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches. A good cast iron grill will last many years if you care for it properly. After use, wash the grill and dry with a towel then lightly coat with vegetable oil before putting the grill away. This will prevent the cast iron from rusting.

What about the Buttermilk?

Indeed a lot of fluffy pancake recipes call for buttermilk but since I usually decide to make pancakes when I’m still in my pajamas and I don’t keep buttermilk in my refrigerator on a regular basis I had to come up with a fluffy pancake recipe that would use ingredients that most people have as staples in their home. Buttermilk does help pancakes rise but you will be equally pleased with my no buttermilk recipe.

Pancake Add-Ins:

  • Chocolate chips: sprinkle a bunch of chips on top of the pancake immediately after you pour it in the pan. Adding it to the batter will effect the rise.
  • Blueberries sprinkled on the pancake just after pouring the pancake in the pan
  • Sauté slices of banana in butter and brown sugar and serve over the pancakes
  • Top pancake with Jenn’s View candied bacon recipe and warm maple syrup with a splash of bourbon
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The Best Fluffy Pancakes

The easiest fluffiest pancakes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, pancakes, brunch
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 360kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron griddle

Ingredients

  • cups AP flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • vegetable oil for coating pancake pan

Instructions

  • mix flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together
  • in a seperate bowl combine milk and butter and microwave for 1 min until butter is melted
  • let milk mixture cool until it is just warm and whisk in eggs.
  • add to flour mixture
  • lightly mix to incorporate all ingredients. Do not over mix. Small lumps are fine
  • Let batter rest while you warm cast iron griddle on medium heat
  • brush griddle lightly with vegetable oil
  • use a ladle to spoon pancake batter onto griddle
  • add chocolate chips if desired
  • flip pancake when bubbles appear on top of pancake
  • serve with fresh berries and real maple syrup

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 3mg

Fall In NYC

I love Fall in New York City. One of my favorite things to do is take a long walk through Central Park, around the reservoir and end up on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. Central Park is such a beautiful spot in NYC. The juxtaposition of the tall buildings with the greenery of the park is so special to look at. Watching the seasons change in the park is incredible. The view changes according to the time of year but each view is equally as beautiful as the others.

On Sunday I was lucky enough to stroll through the park with my daughter Olivia. The weather was just warm enough and we knew that after the the long walk we would be ready for a delicious brunch before a little midtown shopping. It is so nice to escape the noise of New York and be able to take in a little nature and peace and quiet. The sky was so blue and I just loved the way it reflected off the water of the reservoir.

After our walk, we had brunch at Benoit on 55th Street owned by celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse. Benoit is so beautiful; creamy walls with bright red accents and brass fixtures give an elegant Parisian feel to the dining room. There is also a very nice separate bar area that is currently closed but is definitely worth a visit once it reopens again. The brunch menu at Benoit has a nice variety of brunch and lunch items. I chose the Eggs Norwegian: Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise Sauce. I always order the hollandaise on the side so the eggs aren’t soaked in sauce. Olivia ordered Croque Monsieur; open-faced grilled cheese with béchamel. We of course had to have french fries as well. The Croque Monsieur was delicious, the cheese was browned perfectly on top which added the perfect crunch to the creamy béchamel. I love Sunday brunch, it always feels so luxurious to linger over a meal in the middle of the afternoon.

After our delicious, leisurely lunch Olivia and I decided to head over to Zara on 51st and Fifth. We were both in the mood to buy something new. Zara has a great line for Fall. Lots of gray and beige. Beautiful, easy to wear, Fall clothing. Liv was feeling chilly so she decided to check out the hats. She happens to look terrific in hats so it was difficult to choose. Which one do you like better?

They also had some very pretty scarves for the Fall and Winter. My favorite was the blue cashmere or the gray knit. I think either would make a great gift for the Holidays. We left with some bags full of goodies to try on at home since the dressing rooms are currently closed at Zara. They also have a great website to order online. Returns are very easy as well. All in all a great day in NYC.