• 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Butter or oil for cooking


  1. Preheat Your Griddle or Pan: Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. You’ll know it’s ready when you sprinkle a few drops of water onto the surface, and they sizzle and evaporate.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract (if using).
  4. Combine Wet and Dry: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay. Overmixing can make your pancakes tough.
  5. Grease the Griddle or Pan: Add a small amount of butter or oil to the griddle or pan and spread it around to coat the surface.
  6. Pour Batter: Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour a scoop of pancake batter onto the griddle to form a pancake. You can make them as large or as small as you like.
  7. Cook: Cook the pancake until you see bubbles forming on the surface, and the edges look set, usually about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Flip: Carefully flip the pancake with a spatula and cook the other side until it’s golden brown, another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Serve: Remove the pancake from the griddle and keep it warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
  10. Repeat: Continue making pancakes with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the griddle as needed.
  11. Serve: Serve your old-fashioned pancakes hot with your choice of toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream, or even a dusting of powdered sugar.

Enjoy your homemade old-fashioned pancakes! You can customize them by adding ingredients like chocolate chips, blueberries, or chopped nuts to the batter for extra flavor.