Our Favorite Pancake Recipes
Getting stuck in a pancake rut is difficult to do, but isn’t impossible, so if you’re looking to mix things up, turn to these recipes. Want to elevate the classic plain pancake? Add ricotta, buttermilk or sour cream to the batter. Gluten-free, but still want to indulge in the breakfast cakes? Try bananas and eggs. Craving cinnamon buns? Pancake-ify them. Whether you’re hosting a group or just treating yourself, the humble pancake is always a crowd-pleaser!
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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes
Airy pancakes are always the name of the game and this foolproof recipe ensures the perfect fluff every time. The secret? Baking powder, of course, and also a not-so-typical pancake ingredient: cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is found in baking powder, but the integration of additional cream of tartar helps the eggs to increase and keep their volume as you whisk them up, making it the best secret weapon for creating super fluffy pancakes.
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This classic pancake is a must-have in your repertoire of recipes. It serves as a great basis for pancake toppings, but also stands alone as a lovely, slightly sweet breakfast cake. Pair with lots of scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a versatile, all-pleasing breakfast buffet that will satisfy everyone, from your picky toddler to that neighbor that always shows up unexpectedly.
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Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake)
Unlike what most people typically think of as a pancake (fried stovetop and flipped to evenly cook both sides), this Vanilla Dutch Baby is baked in the oven for the ultimate pancake experience. In the family of a popover, the Dutch Baby is a large, puffed pancake that can be eaten at any time of day! We suggest giving it a light dusting of powdered sugar and fresh berries, then slicing it up and sharing with a crowd of very hungry pancake lovers.
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Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
If love yourself a good pancake, but are gluten intolerant, have Celiac disease or quite simply stay away from gluten, turn to these Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes. Made simply with eggs and bananas, these cakes will provide you with protein and potassium to power through your morning (and your alliterations!). Add oats and cinnamon for an extra bit of fun, or top them with syrup for the classic experience.
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"Instant" Pancake Mix
All out of store-bought mix? Make your own! All you have to do is combine a few dry ingredients and store in your pantry. When an unexpected visitor or aggressive pancake craving comes along, you’ll be able to add your wet ingredients and whip up a fresh batch of cakes in a matter of minutes.
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Simple Homemade Pancakes
Another classic recipe, these Simple Homemade Pancakes tackle the power of buttermilk to create soft, fluffy cakes. The acid from the buttermilk works together with the baking powder to produce more air bubbles and establish a lighter overall pancake. These simple cakes are great on their own, with a variety of toppings or even as a pairing for a larger meal. They’re also great any time of day, so if you’re feeling breakfast for dinner, don’t shy away from this recipe.
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes
It’s time we give chocolate chip pancakes a round of applause. They’re delicious, fun and give us all an excuse to eat chocolate (and, let’s be honest, cake) for breakfast without getting judged or feeling guilty. Chocolate chip pancakes are the Guardian angel we’ve always wanted, but didn’t realize we had. There are also so many options for ways to enjoy them; try adding bananas, strawberries or nuts to go with the chocolate. You won’t regret it!
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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Getting your kids to eat can sometimes be a struggle, so the best way to accomplish this seemingly impossible task is through pancakes. That’s right, the only easy way to get your kids to eat is to serve them breakfast cake. It’s sad, but we’ve all been there! These Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are the best place to start. Mix them up by adding strawberries, peaches, or mangoes (the list goes on!) and pretty soon, they'll be noshing like there’s no tomorrow.
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Swedish pancakes sit between crepes and American pancakes. Not quite as thin as crepes, but certainly not as fluffy or thick as pancakes, They're a happy medium when you want something a bit lighter and more delicate than American pancakes. Top them with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup or a dusting of confectioners’ sugar for a delicious breakfast any time of year.
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Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pancakes
Streamline your pancake process with this Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pancake recipe. Not only will you be able to make pancakes for a crowd in a matter of minutes, but you’ll also be able to please everyone with lots of topping options. Choose from tasty favorites like bananas and chocolate chips or blueberries and strawberries for a variety of crowd-pleasing pancake possibilities.
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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes
For many doughs and batters, sour cream plays a significant role, adding moisture and deepening the flavor of your final baked good. Sour cream can also be used to replace different ingredients, like buttermilk, for example, in baked goods like these Banana Sour Cream Pancakes. The sour cream acts like buttermilk in pancakes, activating the baking powder and softening up the cakes, while also adding a bit of tang to the flavor.
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Perfecting the art of the fluffy pancake can be a challenge, but the whipped egg whites in this Fluffy Pancake recipe prove all other methods trivial. They lift the batter, integrating lots of little air pockets for maximum pancake rise and fluff. Light and airy pancakes are the only pancakes that should be allowed in our kitchens because they lift our spirits (similarly to the action of egg whites in this recipe; see above) and also allow us to enjoy a pleasant pancake breakfast (or lunch, or dinner!) without needing a nap immediately after the meal.
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Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
If you’re sick and tired of the plain old cinnamon bun (which we find hard to believe, but will entertain the idea, if only for a minute), then try reinventing the wheel with these Cinnamon Bun Pancakes. Full of cinnamon and swirl, these pancakes encapsulate everything there is to love about cinnamon buns (cinnamon, sugar, that melty glaze) and pancakes (light, fluffy cake), making them the ultimate breakfast food. Serve them for special occasions, or just because; there’s no wrong way to enjoy these breakfast cakes.
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Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes
Go tropical with these Pineapple-Upside Down Pancakes. Paying homage to the classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, these pancakes serve you everything: tanginess from the pineapple, sweetness from the maraschino cherries, buttery, cakey, airy realness from the pancake batter. They’re moist and flavorful (and will transport you to that island vacation you’ve been waiting all summer for).
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