Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 mins

These are the best of the best in old-fashioned pancakes. (Thank you, Halifax Liz for letting me know that your grandmother was making these in Northern Ireland 70 years ago.) It's no wonder a recipe like this has such staying power, they're super easy & make use of on-hand ingredients. The secret to their firm but fluffy texture is using tiny cubes of white bread to support the batter. But you'll never know they're in there! I've been making this recipe for about 10 years now & I like to serve these pancakes with jams, maple syrup & my homemade syrup from Verry Berry French Toast. I also usually double the recipe if there is more than just the 3 of us eating. The recipe was found in "Pancakes A to Z", one of the three books in my favorite cookbook series by Marie Simmons and there titled "Rux's Family's Favorite Pancakes". My family simply dubbed them "Special Pancakes" and even though it doesn't take a special day to make them, they make ANY day feel special.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a serrated knife, trim the crusts off the bread & then cut the bread into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk & eggs, then stir in the melted butter. Add to dry ingredients, stirring to blend.
  4. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir mixture well, breaking up some of the cubes.
  6. Heat large non-stick griddle or skillet over medium heat (I use 300-350° on my old electric griddle).
  7. Lightly brush the griddle with vegetable oil (I use a paper towel folded several times to spread the oil evenly onto the griddle.) Non-stick cooking spray can be substituted but I have found we prefer to use the light film of oil because it really adds to the outer color & texture of the pancake.
  8. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle. Adjust the heat to medium-low and cook until the bottoms are lightly browned.
  9. With a large spatula, carefully flip the pancakes over to brown the other side. Repeat til all the batter is used up. Serve with syrups or jams of your choice.
Most Helpful

I love these unusual recipes and certainly the thriftiness of older recipes! My husband said these taste much like French toast and he's right. The texture is very close to French toast (but simpler to make) and what a great way to use up bread. The taste was wonderful too. Another one that will show up at my breakfast again. Thanks Tink!

Rinshinomori October 30, 2009

Tinkerbelle you have no idea how old this recipe is!!!! Can't believe it actually was printed in a cookbook. My grandmother used to make these and that was the only time I had ever heard of them, except when I have made them myself. I think some of the great cooks out there will be surprised just how good these can be.

waynejohn1234 July 04, 2009

Tink I loved these batter cakes. What a great recipe, I had never heard of batter cakes before...but I will certainly make these again. What a treat these were, I enjoyed them very much, super flavor and texture, quick and easy to make too. I made them exactly as written and shared with my neighbors, who came back looking for more. Served with homemade blackberry syrup. Made for Fall Pac 2012

Baby Kato October 30, 2012