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Old-Fashioned Pancakes Recipe
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  • READY IN 25 mins

Old-Fashioned Pancakes

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"Anybody can add water to a boxed pancake mix, but you're better than that! These pancakes are not too thick, not too thin, but tender, light, buttery, and delicious."

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Original recipe makes 12 pancakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk in melted butter, egg, and milk until combined. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour batter into the hot skillet, about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake. Flip and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 11, 2012

Was using boxed mix but ran out. Pulled up AllRecipes and this was on the front page, so we decided to try the recipe. Followed the recipe as is. They were the best pancakes I've ever had!! Light and fluffy with great flavor!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 21, 2012

I followed this recipe exactly and found the pancakes to be salty. I checked and rechecked to make sure it was not a mistake on my part. Maybe unsalted butter next time?

Jun 04, 2012

I used lactose-free milk which I soured with two tablespoons of vinegar and I also used melted margerine instead of butter. The reason I made those substitutions was because I have a son with a dairy sensitivity. Even with the substitutions these turned out exactly as they should--light, fluffy and absolutely perfect. The recipe says it serves four? Psh......my kids ate EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Apr 04, 2012

I've tried numerous pancake recipes over the years, but this is the first recipe I've found that truly matches the flavor, fluffy texture, appearance and convenience of a box mix. I'd just about given up on making pancakes from scratch, but this recipe looked a little different - yet easy - so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! Even my husband, who decided a few years ago that box pancakes are the best bet because they're so easy and reliable, said that these are the best from-scratch pancakes he's ever had. Thanks to Chef John for sharing this!

Mar 19, 2012

These are really nice a fluffy. They puff up so beautifully. So easy to make too. I made the recipe as written but next time I might add a teaspoon of vanilla. Enjoy!

Apr 07, 2012

Perfect pancakes – light and fluffy. I used half the amount of salt (my usual habit) and added blueberries (another habit) for a great morning breakfast.

May 03, 2012

I was really looking forward to these pancakes, I questioned the amount of baking powder, but decided to follow the recipe to a T. The batter in itself was so thick, thicker than cake batter, but they looked so so good on the griddle and thought I hit a homerun. But unfortunately they were completely salty and chemical tasting. My kids aged 1½ and 3 did not eat them and the little one said, "yuckies". :-( I will do as some other reviewers also did and reduce the baking powder and add extra sugar.

Mar 12, 2012

These were pretty tasty, but I was a little surprised at how much like the box mix they turned out to be. That's not necessarily bad, but I think I was expecting a little bit more from them. I did make a couple of changes in adding a little cinnamon and some vanilla, and I cooked them in some butter instead of spray. Good, but not mind-blowing.


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  • Calories
  • 318 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.7 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 9 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 1119 mg
  • 45%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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