Back to the Basics: Pancakes

I was talking to a good friend a few weeks ago about what she planned to make her family for breakfast on Saturday morning. The funny thing about our conversation was her belief that because she ran out of Bisquick, she couldn’t have pancakes. Having been guilt-tripped into a number of bake sales over the last year, she didn’t even realize that she had all the ingredients in her pantry (flour, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla) to whip up a stack of delicious pancakes in no time!

It dawned on me that there might be a few more ladies out there who may also think that they need a box of Bisquick in order to make this breakfast staple, but I assure you that’s not true!

Try this recipe and never buy a box of pancake mix again!

Back to the Basics: Pancakes

Back to the Basics: Pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • The topping of your choice


  1. Using a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), vanilla and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix).
  3. Heat a large skillet nonstick or griddle over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half, and moisten with oil; carefully rub skillet with oiled paper towel.
  4. For each pancake, spoon 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread batter into a round.
  5. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in oven. Continue with more oil and remaining batter. Serve warm, with desired toppings.
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The best part of all of this is that you can create any topping you want! You can top it with strawberries or really get fancy and make a cinnamon glaze to take the place of your syrup. Really the choices are endless, but most importantly, remember you can whip up a great breakfast from the ingredients already in your kitchen!

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