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The Best Old Fashioned Pancakes are soft, tender, fluffy, and so easy to make. Ready in 15 minutes and perfect for lazy Sunday mornings! |

Best Old Fashioned Pancakes

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 pancakes
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Made with common ingredients already hiding in your pantry, these Old Fashioned Pancakes are soft, tender, fluffy, and so easy to make! Just whisk the ingredients together, let the batter rest, then cook and serve the most perfect homestyle pancakes with a dollop of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. Perfect for lazy Sunday mornings! 


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • vegetable oil
  • butter and maple syrup (for topping)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, vanilla and egg.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined (will be lumpy). Do not over mix. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Dampen a paper towel with vegetable oil and rub on a large frying pan or griddle. Heat pan over medium heat and add pancake batter using a 1/4 measuring cup. Pour as many as fit in your pan or griddle.
  5. Cook for 1-2 minutes until small bubbles have began to form on the surface and edges and the pancake is golden brown. Flip the pancake over and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the other side is also golden brown.
  6. Repeat until batter is used up.
  7. Serve with pats of butter on top, a drizzle of maple syrup, and/or fruit.


Thick or thin pancakes: For a thick pancake, add a little less milk. For a thinner pancake, add more milk until you reach your desired consistency.

How to store: Allow the pancakes to cool to room temperature, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To keep them from sticking, you can set a small sheet of parchment paper between each one.

How to reheat: There are several ways to reheat pancakes. If you need breakfast quickly, pop them in the microwave for about a minute. They can become overly soft or a little soggy like this, though. For a better texture, toast the pancakes in a large skillet over medium heat or bake them in the toaster oven at 350 degrees F for a few minutes.

How to freeze: Leftover pancakes freeze really well! For best results, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each one and stack them in an airtight container. Freeze for 2-3 months and thaw in the fridge before reheating.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Wait Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American