Soft and fluffy vanilla-flavored classic American pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and topped with fresh strawberries and banana slices. You will love these light pancakes with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Try this recipe and make the most delicious classic pancakes ever.
About This Recipe
Pancakes are round and flat cakes that you cake make with basic pantry staples like flour, eggs, sugar, milk, and baking powder. All pancakes are prepared in a relatively similar way. Dry ingredients are first mixed together and wet ingredients are added to them. You should not mix the pancake batter too much. The batter doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth. Vanilla is commonly used to flavor classic American pancakes. Finally, they are served with maple syrup or honey.
What You Need to Make Classic American Pancakes
- Flour: Use all-purpose flour for these pancakes.
- Baking powder: Baking powder helps leaven the pancake batter, creating a soft and fluffy texture.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar is commonly used to make chocolate chip pancakes.
- Salt: You will find a small amount of salt in most pancake recipes.
- Egg: You will need one or more eggs, depending on the number of pancakes you make.
- Vanilla extract: The basic flavor found in all package recipes.
- Milk: Classic pancakes are made with milk, but some pancakes can also be made with buttermilk.
- Butter: The butter should be melted or vegetable oil should be used instead of butter.
- Melt the butter and let it cool to room temperature.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In another bowl crack the egg. Whisk it with a fork until the consistency is even.
- Then add the milk, room-temperature melted butter, and vanilla extract to the egg mixture, and mix well.
- Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix with a spatula until smooth.
- Set heat to medium and spray the frying pan or griddle with oil. You can use a measuring cup or ladle to pour the batter into the pan.
- When you see bubbles on the surface, then it’s time to flip the pancake. When the other side becomes slightly brown, your pancake is ready. Stack them on a plate and drizzle with maple syrup or honey. Serve with fresh strawberries and sliced bananas.
How to Make Classic American Pancakes Like a Pro?
- You can mix dry ingredients together, then transfer them to a jar. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for later use.
- Don’t overmix the pancake batter. Overmixing the batter will build up the gluten in the flour and resulting in tough, dense textured pancakes.
- If you are not serving the pancakes right away, keep them in the oven with a keep warm setting or put them in the oven with its lowest setting.
- If you like light and fluffy pancakes allow the pancake batter to rest for 30 minutes before starting to cook.
- If pancake batter seems a bit thick, add a little milk to the batter to loosen it if it’s too thick.
How to Store Leftover Pancakes?
If you have prepared a large number of pancakes and want to store leftovers, first allow the pancakes to cool down to room temperature and then store them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag because pancakes dry out quickly. With this method, you can keep the pancakes in the refrigerator for up to 2 or 3 days.
Making Pancakes Ahead of Time
You can make classic American pancakes ahead of time. If you want to eat them a few hours later, it is better to keep them in the oven with keep warm setting. If your oven doesn’t have this option you should set the oven temp around 150°F.
Pancake toppings are as important as the pancakes themselves. Soft and fluffy pancakes are completed with delicious toppings. Chocolate syrup, Nutella, whipped cream, maple syrup, or honey can be the topping of your classic pancakes. If you do not have any of the above, you can head to the fruit drawer in the refrigerator. Banana Slices, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are the fruits that go well with these pancakes.
Classic Pancakes Without Milk
You’ve run out of milk? No problem, you can make a no-milk version of these pancakes. Dairy or vegan milk adds moisture and richness to the pancakes so definitely removing it from the recipe will affect the final taste and texture. But making pancakes without milk is not impossible. The milk substitute in this recipe can be water. Just replace the milk with an equal amount of water.
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- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Oil as needed, for pan
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt the butter and let it cool to room temperature.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In another bowl crack the egg. Whisk egg with a fork until consistency is even.
Then add the milk and room-temperature melted butter and vanilla extract to the egg mixture, and mix well.
Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix with a spatula until smooth.
Set heat to medium and spray the frying pan or griddle with oil. You can use a measuring cup or ladle to pour the batter into the pan.
When you see bubbles on the surface, then it's time to flip the pancake. When the other side becomes slightly brown, your pancake is ready. Stack them on a plate and drizzle with maple syrup or honey. Serve with fresh strawberries and sliced bananas.