Fluffy Homemade Pancakes

Make these Fluffy Homemade Pancakes with a few simple steps and ingredients! This is an easy classic pancake recipe that comes out perfect every time.

a stack of four fluffy homemade pancakes on a white plate with butter, syrup, blueberries and raspberries

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast food. Everyone loves them and they are easy to make. Gather a few ingredients from your pantry and fridge to make fluffy pancakes for the entire family.

Ingredient Notes

ingredients for easy pancakes

A few notes about some of the ingredients for this recipe:

  • White Vinegar: Combined with the milk, the vinegar helps give these pancakes rich flavor and fluffy texture, similar to buttermilk. You can substitute lemon juice instead of the vinegar, if desired.
  • Flour: You can substitute traditional all purpose flour with gluten free all purpose baking flour to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Sugar: You can use another type of sugar substitute instead. Maple syrup, honey and agave work great.
  • Eggs: The eggs help create the fluffy texture, you can substitute with applesauce or another egg replacer, but the pancakes might not be as fluffy.

Homemade Pancake Batter

steps to mix together pancake batter

This recipe comes together easily with only 5 simple steps.

  • Step 1: Whisk together the milk and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the mixture to sour. This step is important to help make the pancakes fluffy as you are creating a homemade buttermilk mixture.
  • Step 2: Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Step 3: To the milk mixture, add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla.
  • Step 4: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk to blend.
  • Step 5: Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and then pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Once the pancakes start to bubble (after about 2 to 3 minutes), flip and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.
  • Pancakes are done when they are golden brown.

Keep Pancakes Warm

To keep pancakes warm while cooking, place them on a baking sheet in an oven set to 200 degrees F. The temperature will keep them warm without continuing to cook them.

cooking pancakes

FAQs

What is the secret to making fluffy pancakes?

The key to these pancakes is the first step, which you mix together milk and vinegar to create a simple version of homemade buttermilk. This is what gives the pancakes their rich flavor and fluffy texture.

Why are my pancakes not fluffy?

Be sure to use fresh ingredients. Old ingredients like old flour, baking powder, baking soda or eggs can create flat pancakes. And whisk just until the flour streaks have disappeared. It’s okay if some small lumps remain. Do not over mix the batter to ensure fluffy pancakes.

What to add to pancake mix to make it better?

If you’re looking for more flavor, you can add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice for fall flavor, or mix ins like blueberries and chocolate chips. Do not add too many fillings.

Do you cook pancakes on high or low heat?

Always cook pancakes on medium heat as it allows them to cook evenly to ensure that nice golden color.

Why are my pancakes chewy?

Over-mixing batter will create chewy pancakes as it adds more gluten to the batter. When adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisk just until incorporated to create fluffy pancakes.

Use a large balloon whisk to prepare the batter to ensure the fluffiest pancakes.

How long should pancakes cook?

Allow pancakes to cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side. The pancakes are ready to flip when they start to bubble.

a stack of fluffy homemade pancakes on a white plate with butter, syrup and berries

Serve the pancakes with butter, pure maple syrup, fresh berries or banana slices. Save this recipe so that you can use it anytime you’re craving warm fluffy homemade pancakes.

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a stack of four fluffy homemade pancakes on a white plate with butter, syrup, blueberries and raspberries

Fluffy Homemade Pancakes

Yield: 10 pancakes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
This easy pancake recipes comes together with a few ingredients to create light and fluffy pancakes.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk together the milk and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla to the bowl with the milk and vinegar. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Spray nonstick cooking spray into a large skillet over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan to create pancakes that are about 5” wide. Once the pancake begins to bubble (about 2 to 3 minutes), flip and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. The pancakes should be cooked to golden brown on both sides.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS
  • White Vinegar: You can substitute lemon juice instead of the vinegar, if desired.
  • Flour: You can substitute traditional all purpose flour with gluten free all purpose baking flour to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Sugar: You can use another type of sugar substitute instead. Maple syrup, honey and agave work great.
  • Eggs: The eggs help create the fluffy texture, you can substitute with applesauce or another egg replacer, but the pancakes might not be as fluffy.
KEEP PANCAKES WARM
To keep pancakes warm while cooking, place them on a baking sheet in an oven set to 200 degrees F. The temperature will keep them warm without continuing to cook them.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 260mg, Potassium: 178mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 193IU, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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2 comments on “Fluffy Homemade Pancakes”

  1. These are my favorite pancakes ever, I’ll never make thin pancakes again!

  2. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this one. I think my family will be all over it.

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