Super fluffy pancakes from scratch which is super easy to make at home in a pan, griddle or cast iron skillet or pancake maker! This easy, best fluffy hot pancake recipe from scratch is also a very simple & basic recipe for making delicious, soft extra fluffy pancakes from scratch at home, which is perfect for breakfast or brunch! Old fashioned American pancakes are also sometimes referred by names hotcakes or griddle cakes!
Griddle Cakes Vs Hot Cakes (Mc Donald’s Hotcakes) Vs American Pancakes
Are they the same or different?
If you wonder whether American fluffy pancakes are same as hotcakes or griddle cakes, well, the answer is that basically they are all the same with quite a few differences in texture.
In fact, griddle cakes is the old fashioned American pancakes which were cooked on a griddle traditionally. They are similar to today’s fluffy pancakes in many ways, but sometimes the texture can be more denser than fluffy pancakes. Also, as you can understand from the names, while the griddle cakes were made in griddles, American pancakes are usually made in regular pans, skillets or pancake makers.
Hotcakes is also another name used to refer to pancakes but they are usually smaller in size and more thicker than regular pancakes.
If you are familiar with McDonald’s hotcakes you can see how tasty is mcdonald’s hotcakes just like pancakes and you can see the similarity for yourself!
These fluffy American pancakes are light in texture and fluffy and delicious but they are not really very different from old fashioned griddle cakes or hot cakes, since basically they are the same.
Flapjacks Vs Pancakes:
Flapjacks are also basically the same as pancakes, but often the flapjack recipes contain oatmeal in them while most American pancakes uses all purpose flour or wheat flour to make fluffy pancakes.
Easy, best & simple fluffy homemade pancakes:
This recipe for the best fluffy, soft, airy & light textured pancakes makes 8 big pancakes which is quite enough for a family of four I think.
If you want to make more pancakes you can adjust the ingredients though (increase all ingredients proportionately).
These homemade pancakes are delicious, soft and extra or super fluffy in texture.
It serves 4 people if you serve two pancakes for everyone – and it is a very filling breakfast when you combine it with coffee, tea or milk for kids!
You can serve this homemade pancakes for an easy breakfast, brunch snack or even dinner if you love pancakes for dinner.
This easy homemade pancakes recipe is kid friendly recipe too and you can serve this for kids along with their favorite sides like pure fresh maple syrup, honey, soft butter, cream cheese or yogurt or whatever.
If you want to pack this for lunch or picnic, you can add a bit more sweetener if you like, so you can serve this without any sides.
They also can be packed for a simple yet delicious kids lunch box for school along with other side dishes!
What Makes Pancakes Flat & Thin?
If you find your pancakes are kind of flat and thin, instead of being thick, soft & fluffier, the most obvious issue could be with the pancake batter.
When there is less baking powder, or if the pancake batter is too runny or if there is not enough eggs (there are eggless fluffy pancakes as well with the right ingredients), it could lead to flat pancakes rather than fluffy pancakes.
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What Makes Pancakes Fluffy? Secrets & Tips To Make Fluffy Pancakes
Fluffy pancakes are soft & airy giving the fluffier texture.
There are different ways to get a nice fluffier texture for the pancakes.
The most easy thing that adds the fluffy texture to the pancakes is the use of baking powder and/or baking soda which is a leavening agent.
Without using baking powder or baking soda, you will usually find it difficult to get fluffy pancakes.
However, you can separate the egg whites and whip the egg whites separately from egg yolks, which is then folded into the batter to make delicious, soft, fluffy pancakes even without using baking powder or baking soda.
If you want to make it even more fluffier, you may use more egg whites (proportionate to other ingredients).
The technique of folding in whipped egg whites to the pancake batter actually helps a lot to make fluffy pancakes at home without using baking powder.
Other ingredients like buttermilk also helps make the pancakes fluffier.
Also, when you make the pancake batter at home, do not make it too thin. A thicker batter helps make fluffy pancakes when the batter has the right ingredients in it.
Also when you make the pancakes, do not spread the batter a lot in the pan. Instead go for a thicker spread of the pancake batter which helps the pancakes to fluff up instead of spreading out thinly.
An important ingredient you need to make the best fluffiest pancakes possible is all purpose flour. If you can use bleached all purpose flour, that gives the best results!
Also keep in mind that it is important not to overmix the batter for pancakes, if you want to make the best fluffy pancakes!
In this recipe for fluffy pancakes, we just use baking powder to make the delicious pancakes.
When I made these pancakes, it really became fluffy, soft and delicious plus it is so easy to make.
You can trust this recipe for a fantastic fancy breakfast with your family.
If you want to make it for more people, just increase the ingredients in right proportions – that is if you want to make 16 pancakes you can simply double amount of each ingredient.
This homemade pancake recipe using semolina flour & yeast is another yummy breakfast pancake recipe, which is very unique and delicious as well.
These pancakes are very much kid friendly too, just serve them with sweet maple syrup, honey or butter as you wish!
You can also make them more delicious by adding whipped cream or berries or other fruits of your choice.
One tablespoon of syrup should be enough for one pancake.
So here is how you can make fluffy pancakes following this easy fluffy pancake recipe from scratch.
How To Make Fluffy Pancakes From Scratch?
We use the following ingredients to make easy, delicious and fluffy or the fluffiest pancakes at home!
Ingredients to make fluffy pancakes
2 cups all purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs large
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons melted butter (may use oil)
oil or extra butter for greasing the pan, as needed
Step by step instructions
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl – flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Beat eggs in another bowl and add melted butter and milk and mix well.
Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together until all ingredients are evenly combined so that you get a slightly thick batter for pancakes.
Make sure not to overmix the pancake batter though it’s important that all ingredients are evenly mixed.
Grease a pan (I used an iron skillet) with oil and then pour one ladle full of batter to the pan.
Wait for sometime so that bubbles will start forming on top of pancake, then flip the pancake gently.
Wait for about one to two minutes so that the other side of the pancake is also well cooked.
Make sure you use minimum to medium flame to cook the pancakes, otherwise you risk burning them.
Transfer the cooked pancake to the serving plate. Similarly cook all the pancakes until all the batter is finished.
Serve the pancakes hot or at room temperature with pure maple syrup or honey or butter as you desire!
Easy Homemade Pancake Recipes:
Below you can get the recipe for homemade soft pancakes in detail.
Fluffy Pancakes From Scratch, Fluffiest Homemade Hot Pancakes
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl – flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Beat eggs in another bowl and add melted butter and milk and mix well.
- Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together until all ingredients are evenly combined so that you get a slightly thick batter for pancakes.Make sure not to overmix the pancake batter though it's important that all ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Grease a pan ( I used an iron skillet) with oil and then pour one ladle full of batter to the pan.
- Wait for sometime so that bubbles will start forming on top of pancake, then flip the pancake gently.
- Wait for about one to two minutes so that the other side of the pancake is also well cooked. Make sure you use minimum to medium flame to cook the pancakes, otherwise you risk burning them.
- Transfer the cooked pancake to the serving plate. Similarly cook all the pancakes until all the batter is finished.
- Serve the pancakes hot or at room temperature with pure maple syrup or honey or butter as you desire!