It's super simple to flip these light-as-air cakes. Sprinkle them with berries, chocolate, or candy chips for a showy twist.
Fill a plastic bag with batter. Snip the corner and squeeze batter onto griddle.
Put flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix. Save until Step 3.
Crack the egg into another mixing bowl. Beat with a wire whisk or fork until yolk and white are mixed. Add buttermilk and oil to egg. Beat with the wire whisk until ingredients are well mixed.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Stir with the wooden spoon until dry ingredients are wet. (The batter should be somewhat lunpy, not smooth.).
Grease an unheated griddle or large skillet with the shortening. Put the griddle or large skillet on a burner. Turn heat to medium and let griddle or skillet get hot. (To check if the griddle or skillet is ready, carefully sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface. The water will dance across the surface when the griddle is hot enough.).
For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the got griddle or skillet. Cook over medium heat until pancakes have slightly bubbly surfaces and the edges are slightly dry. (This will take about 2 minutes.).
Turn the pancake over with a pancake turner. Cook until bottoms are golden brown. (about 2 minutes more). Remove pancakes from griddle or skillet and put on a serving plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat until all the batter is used. Turn off burner. Remove griddle or skillet from the burner.
STIR IT IN: If plain flapjackes aren't your favorite, jazz 'em up by stirring 3/4 cup blueberries or raspberries or 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces, peanut butter-flavored pieces, butterscotch pieces, chopped peanuts, or miniature candy-coated semisweet chocolate pieces into the pancake batter. Candy-coated chocolate pieces will color the batter a bit.