Classic Pancake Recipe

This Classic Pancake Recipe makes a spongier, sweet pancake that is very much like a traditionally made style of American pancakes.

classic pancakes on a plate

When cooking from scratch there are a few pantry staples one needs to get away from. Namely that store-bought on hand items such as a pancake mix. If I am not mistaken, pancake mix was one of the first items to leave my pantry list once I began. When I discovered how simple they were to make it was downright shocking. Since this initial shock, I have found most pre-packaged items to be the same.

Pancake mix is a typical pantry item that people may keep on hand. This recipe allowed me to venture away from a boxed mix; While opening up more possibilities to eliminate more.

Pancakes are a weekly meal, namely on the weekends for us. On weekend mornings I love to stand over a hot griddle, coffee brewing, and cartoons blasting in the background. It is a memory for the highlight reel of my life. Watching a child get excited about the stack of pancakes plopped on the table is a ritual that I never tire of. This recipe is quick to make and the items, are easy to keep on hand.

Be sure to try my Pumpkin Pancakes, a delicious variation of pancakes that are the perfect way to welcome fall.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • They are made of simple ingredients
  • These classic pancakes are the classic American-style pancake
  • They are delicious alone or topped with your favorite topping
  • You can double the recipe if you need to make an extra large batch
  • They reheat well

What You Will Need To Make Them

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tbsp sugar

2 cups milk 

2 tbsp melted butter plus more for cooking


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to ensure there are no clumps and your batter is smooth.

Heat a nonstick or greased griddle over medium heat.

When the pan is heated, pour about ⅓  cup of the batter for each pancake. Allow them to cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm with your favorite syrup. 

Cooking Notes

  • A cast iron skillet creates a griddle style pancake and is highly recommended to use if possible
  • I use organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • You can substitute coconut oil for the butter
  • Mix the batter until smooth
  • Be sure to let the pan heat evenly before placing the batter on the skillet

Topping Suggestions

  • Serve with warm maple syrup and butter
  • Top with fresh berries and whipped cream
  • Make a compote with chopped apples and cinnamon or berries
  • Jams and jellies make great toppings for pancakes
  • These classic pancakes are perfect for making pigs in a blanket
  • Kids love Nutella and sliced bananas
  • Spread with peanut butter for a little extra protein

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Yield: 8 pancakes

Classic Pancake Recipe

classic pancakes on a platter

A standard pancake recipe for spongy traditional pancakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter


      1. Heat a non stick or greased griddle up over medium heat
      2. . Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
      3. Once the pan is heated, pour about ⅓  cup of the batter for each pancake
      4. . Let them cook until golden brown on both sides.
      5. Serve hot with your favorite syrup or topping.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

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