The Simple but Perfect Pancake

"This recipe is from King Arthur's All-Purpose Baking Book and my family's current favorite recipe. They have a spongy texture and soak in the syrup."
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4-6 Pancakes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 14 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted or 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 12 cups all-purpose flour
  • 34 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (for diner-style pancakes) or 1/4 cup instant malted milk powder (for diner-style pancakes)


  • Beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla until light and foamy, about 3 minute at high speed of a mixer (I do this step in blender and mix the rest in bowl with a large whisk).
  • Stir in butter or oil.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together and gently, but quickly, mix into the egg and milk mixture.
  • Let the batter relax while griddle is heating (or overnight in refrigerator) The batter will thicken upon resting.
  • Grease and preheat griddle.
  • The griddle is ready if a drop of water will skitter across the surface, evaporating immediately.
  • Drop ¼ cupfuls of batter on the lightly greased griddle.
  • Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form and break (this is the time to add anything like berries, chocolate chips, etc), then turn the pancakes and cook the other side until brown (turning only once).

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  1. PeaceLis
    Nope. The excess vanilla made the batter brownish. The batter was extremely thin, so the pancakes were formed to the pan, not circular or shaped. Most importantly, there wasn't any fluff to them at all. Pretty gross and would never try again. I do acknowledge that I doubled the recipe, so definitely don't try that it you're going to try this recipe.
  2. smilingmamacarly
    An absolute hit for the entire family. They turned out fluffy. My pancakes NEVER turn out fluffy! Delish!
  3. MarinasDaddy
    Very nice pancakes. I added a couple teaspoons of grated orange peel and fresh strawberries (goes great with Mimosas). Next time, I will omit the sugar because the outside of the pancakes were a bit more crisp than I prefer. Overall, they were wonderful pancakes. I will make this my standard recipe to use for Sunday morning breakfast.
  4. Bearnard Roosevelt
    Oh Camille, you and your creeper pictures... These pancakes were simply sublime. When I fall asleep to the sound of prerecorded waterfalls and hummingbirds, I dream of a utopia filled with these feisty, old-man flapjacks. When I get married, I hope to birth children as magnificently scrumptious and delectable as these crêpe descendants. Thanks be to God for the magnanimous being who invented such a wonder.
  5. dccheung
    Worst recipe ever! Take this recipe off please! The pancake didn't rise at all! It's flat like a friggin cookie!!! Wasted 30 minutes to make this. Why the hell is this even show up on first page of Google?????


  1. Bev I Am
    I think I have just discovered a new favorite pancake recipe! This recipe makes excellently light and fluffy pancakes! I used the sugar instead of the malted milk. The extra touch of sweetness was just the right touch. These pancakes cook up light in texture and perfectly browned. I mixed the eggs, milk and vanilla in the blender, combined the dry ingredients separately, then added the whole business to the blender just until combined. I will make these again to be sure ; ) Thanks, Roxygirl!
  2. StylinDog
    These really are perfect! I sometimes have problems with pancakes but these were really light and fluffy. I used sugar instead of malted milk, and added a dash of cinnamon. The quantity was perfect for two servings.


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