- 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
- 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.
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Mix Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract (if using).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cook: Cook the pancake until you see bubbles forming on the surface, and the edges look set, usually about 2-3 minutes.
- Flip: Carefully flip the pancake with a spatula and cook the other side until it’s golden brown, another 1-2 minutes.
- Serve: Remove the pancake from the griddle and keep it warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
- Repeat: Continue making pancakes with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the griddle as needed.
- 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.