Basic Pancake Mix

"Say goodbye to Aunt Jemima! Once you taste these homemade pancakes, I think you'll agree they're much better than the boxed kind! Add a bit of vanilla or fruit (frozen blueberries work well) to make them extra special. If you want, mix up the dry ingredients in advance and give it away as a gift (with instructions on how to finish making the pancakes) or just store it for even quicker pancakes on Sunday mornings."
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Ready In:
8 large pancakes




  • In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk.
  • Start with 1 1/4 cups milk, adding up to another 1/4 cup if necessary, as you mix it with the flour.
  • Add the two eggs, vanilla if using and oil, whisking until mixed but still a bit lumpy.
  • Heat a frying pan (if it is not non-stick, you will need to melt a bit of butter or oil in it) and when hot, pour in some pancake mix.
  • How much depends on how experienced you are at flipping pancakes and how big you want them. We do about 1/4 cup a time for small, easy-to-flip pancakes but you could make this as much as 1/2 cup of pancake mix.
  • If you are adding fruit, I like to sprinkle it on top of the pancake now.
  • When the pancake starts to bubble on top and is golden brown on the cooked side, turn it and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown.
  • The first pancake is always a bit of a test so adjust the batter by adding more flour if you need to make it thicker or more milk if you want a thinner pancake. In either case, just add a few spoonfuls at a time until you get it right.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter. You may need to adjust the heat as pan tends to get hotter as you keep making pancakes.
  • Keep the cooked pancakes covered with a tea towel, to keep them warm while you finish cooking the rest.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can this recipe be made up in advance -- like, make the dry ingredients ahead & have in a jar, kind-of just like having a mix handy to then measure out & add the wet to?
  2. Can I make this pancake recipe with splenda as I am a diabetic.
  3. recipe for scratch pancakes from a cake mix
  4. Could this recipe be used for waffles, too, with or without tweaking?
  5. May I get my recipe?


  1. Aunt Jemima move over.....these are so easy why buy a mix? They taste great and have a very nice texture! I like the fact that there is not alot of sugar in these. I added a drop of vanilla to the batter and the kids licked their plates clean! Me too! Easy and's all here!
  2. I made these last night so we could have them for breakfast this morning, they didn't make it. I added 1/2 cup of extra flour because I had them running all over my skillet. I like a thicker pancake. The taste was so much better than any box version I have ever bought. I think I got about 15 pancakes out of the mix. Thank you so much Sackville Girl, you have saved me money by making my own. We loved them!!
  3. Absolutely wonderful breakfast!! A very forgiving recipe--I had no baking soda, so I quadrupled the baking powder (4 tsp total)--also, after adding only 1 cup of milk, I found the consistency to be where we like it, so I stopped at the 1 cup mark, and boy, these pancakes were perfect--light, fluffy, and absolutely DELICIOUS!!! (I did add about 1/4 tsp of vanilla, but that was just cause of personal preference)--like so many others have said, the box mixes are going in the garbage..this is the best!! (Finally got a home cooked pancake to taste like the ones we get in the resturaunts) thank you so much for posting this!!! TERESA
  4. I mixed this up for dinner on Pancake Tuesday - along with Canadian maple syrup and crisp bacon (try'll like it). I added 1/2 tsp vanilla & the additional 1/4 cup milk (I prefer thinner pancakes) and then my DH took over. He asked me if I had bought a new brand of pancake mix & of course I asked him why. His response was "these pancakes are fluffing up". Get out of town Aunt Jemima!!!!
  5. 1/2 RECIPE 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoons baking powder 1?4 teaspoon baking soda 1?4 teaspoon salt 2/3-3/4 cups milk 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 1 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Best trick you can ever do for any pancake recipe is to separate your eggs, mix the yolks in with all of your other ingredients, then whip the egg whites until they start to get stiff peaks and fold that into the batter before cooking. Your pancakes will be the lightest and fluffiest you have ever had!
  2. Try putting sliced banana in it and then add oil to the pan and scoop out the pieces on to the pan and fry it on both sides and put powdered sugar over it, yummy and call it banana fritters. I loved these as a kid.
  3. Sub butter for oil and sub buttermilk for milk.
  4. try adding red glacé cherries, whipped cream, bananas, and chocolate syrup/nutella
  5. not a thing...only added fresh blueberries


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