Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Perfect Pancakes

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Perfect Pancakes

I have been obsessed with trying to find the Perfect Pancake Recipe, and it's mostly been trial and error. My favorite pancakes are the ones made from scratch. I love to go to IHop and have pancakes, because they're super yummy and perfect every time.

Along time ago I used to eat pancakes at a restaurant called Barbec's, in Pleasant Grove they made the best beer pancakes in the world. That was along time ago, 16 years to be exact. Barbecs has since closed down, but I can still picture those beer pancakes and their famous beer biscuits in my mind, light fluffy and delicious.

I have a love for pancakes like no other, in our house we especially love to have breakfast for dinner. My son Carson shares the same love of pancakes just like his mama, so finding a great great recipe has been quite a difficult task.

I have tried a lot of buttermilk pancake recipes only to find they were to flat and really tangy tasting. So back to the Bisquick and pioneer baking mix I went. I know homemade is best but the boxed mixes yield the fluffiest pancakes so I know I can depend on them.
I was visiting my blogging friend Joan's site 3 girls, me and a recipe and noticed she had posted a recipe titled the perfect pancakes! I read down a bit farther in the post and noticed Joan had mentioned she got the recipe from thepioneerwomancooks.
I knew this pancake recipe had to be good, Ree wouldn't steer us wrong. I was so excited to get to the store to purchase cake flour, I couldn't wait to make these pancakes!!! And make them I did, I have made this pancake recipe 4 times and we love them. Light, Fluffy and Delicious just like I was looking for. My search is over yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Perfect pancake batter. I am a batter lover so, I tasted it and can vouch for its yumminess.

Pancakes are ready to flip when little bubbles start to appear.

I could already tell once I was ready to flip the pancakes at just how light and fluffy they were going to be.

Perfect! Thanks Ree.

Perfect Pancakes 

3 - cups plus + 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 - teaspoon salt
3 - tablespoons baking powder
2 - tablespoons sugar
2 - cups milk or buttermilk
2 - large eggs
3 - teaspoons vanilla
4 - tablespoons butter (melted)
Lots of butter and syrup

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.

Melt butter in the microwave and add it to the batter, stirring gently to combine.

Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with butter and syrup.

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Stephanie said... #

Mmm, those do look good. I have several favorite pancake recipes that I use, but these really do look so light and fluffy. Yum!

Anonymous said... #

Hi! I really enjoy your site and have made some of your recipes regulars at our house. Your fruit salad is the BOMB!

If you have no problem with pancake mix may I suggest you try Krusteaz? My dh and I quit making pancakes from scratch when we tried it. They come out very fluffy and tasty every time and are way easy. And no, I don't work for them or own stock LOL. Unfortunately. I bet your "scratch" ones are delicious but it's nice to have a quick back up sometimes.

Lisa said... #

That's a great website--I have a great "blender" pancake recipe where you put the wheat berries, and everything in the blender--LOTS of blending time, but well worth it! Love your photos of the pancakes--making me hungry!

Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said... #

Those look yummy! I don't have cake flour though. Is all purpose okay?
God bless,

Denise said... #

These do look good. I must confess I often will just buy the frozen ones and pop them in the microwave for dd! These look so good I might have to try them one weekend for all of us :-)

Chow and Chatter said... #

love American pancakes

sherri said... #

Now that you've gone to all that trouble- i'll guess i'll get to make them just by clicking here- I feel sort of guilty

Ann in TN said... #

When I started reading your pancake dilemma, I was going to ask if you had tried Pioneer Woman's/Ree's pancake recipe. I love it and I see you do to. :)

Stephanie said... #

Ah, yes...Ree has some really good looking recipes!! I'm always meaning to buy some cake flour (got a "best" cake recipe I'm supposed to be trying!), but I've never seen a pancake recipe using it! Must try!!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said... #

We make pancakes every Sunday and we LOVE ours with Wheat flour. Have you tried it? Fluffy everytime.

Lara said... #

Sounds like it may be worth the trip to get some cake flour. My kids love pancakes and I'm getting bored with the same old, same old.

HorseJumper12341 said... #

I was looking for a homemade pancake recipe myself, especially after my host mom made it in Germany, and I never got up to asking her for it.

Have to try this,...hmmm....probably not tomorrow morning because I have to get up early to volunteer for Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding...but Thursday morning sounds like a date!!

nicole said... #

cake flour is the southern woman's secret tool for her recipes! you'd be surprised what you can use it in to add lightness!

Gifts N Home Decor said... #

This receipe looks so easy and exactly what I was looking for. We missed our favorite restaurant here in Arlington that had the BEST pancakes ever! The new Cowboy Stadium bought the property and now I haven't been able to find another one like it. I knew it had Vanilla and sugar in it. Can't wait to try it!!

Whitney said... #

Hmmm...I'm actually intrigued by the beer pancake thing...

Sharing the comment love!

Oh! And I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog--come check it out!

FoodieCrystal said... #

I am so trying this recipe this weekend! My husband absolutely loves pancakes.

I just found your blog and thought I'd say hi.

Stephanie said... #

I had a hard time choosing one of your recipes to link to. I love them all! ;-)

I gave you a "Lovely Blog Award" over on my blog if you want to claim it... :-)

MamaBB said... #

These were great - made them this weekend with my toddler and blogged about them here:
Thanks for sharing the recipe - love your site!

Anonymous said... #

thank you! my extended family really enjoyed these pancakes on christmas morning! as advertised, the pancakes were perfect~ light, fluffy & delicious. my 2 yr old dd is a pancake fanatic, so i'll be making these again for her on new years day!

Ricandi said... #

Thank you for this recipe. They truly are the perfect pancake recipe! Light and fluffy and tasty.

Nicole said... #

I'm a pancake fan as well an this is definitely going to be my new favorite recipe. My husband loves them too!

Elizabeth said... #

These were soo good.I love my recipe but these are so on the list of my faves.

Liz said... #

I, like you, have been searching for a great pancake recipe. I made these last night and my search is officially over. Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe with us!

Anonymous said... #

I just made these a few hours ago for dinner and the pancakes were deliciously perfect. Whew! no more yearning for IHOP.

I love, love, love your blog and i come here almost everyday and just hang around...:) Thank you for sharing your recipes and making me a good cook.

Kristian said... #

Thank you Thank you Thank you! This recipe is awesome! No more Aunt Jemima in my house :)

Anonymous said... #

Just thought I'd share a kitchen tip. You can make your own cake flour substitute by sifting all purpose flour three times and then measuring.

Diana W. said... #

I love a light, fluffy pancake but I also like the convenience of a mix. My all time favorite way is to use .....soda pop for the liquid, (for me it's diet sprite). Do not dilute with any other liquid as it takes away from the bubble action. Also if you use root beer, orange or any other flavored soft drink the kids will love the novelty.

AliceDallas said... #

Finally! a recipe that worked. I have never been able to get my pancakes just right, but this morning I tried your recipe and WOW! is all I can say. My husband and son loved the pancakes. This will now become the recipe I use from now on to make pancakes. I love love love your site.

Anonymous said... #

I have tried this recipe and I will continue to use it forever, this is by far the best pancake recipe ever!!!!!!

Karissa said... #

I used this recipe but I didn't have any cake flower so I used all purpose. I also added 1/2 tablespoon of molasses and they turned out amazing

Michele Menefee said... #

I'm usually not one to post reviews but this one was worthy. I've tried hundreds of homemade pancake recipes over the years, but this one is great. I did not have cake flour so I made my own: For each one cup all purpose flour, you take out 2 TBSP of the flour and add 2 TBSP corn starch and sift the mixture to mix. This is by far the best pancake recipe so far. Thanks bunches. :)

Anonymous said... #

My kids and I love this one...A keeper

Lori N said... #

Yes. You "could" use regular flour I suppose. But the whole point with cake flour is that it makes the cakes light & fluffy.! It'd be much better if you followed her recipe to a t !

Tina Butler said... #

You would need to use cake flour for this recipe. I cannot say what the results would be if you substitute with regular all purpose flour.

Anonymous said... #

I made these, added blueberries though, soooo happy I did, delicious recipe,!