Perfect Pancakes

By • November 18, 2009 • 21 Comments



Author Notes: I love pancakes. I have tried many different recipes but I always come back to the one my mother made for me as a child. She altered the fruit with the season: blueberries in the summer, apples in the fall and winter. You can skip the fruit altogether and the pancakes will still be perfect. I use a cast iron pan, which requires extra butter for cooking the pancakes, rather than non-stick cookware. Don't forget the bacon.sweet enough

Food52 Review: A pancake shouldn’t always depend on syrup, and here’s a terrific example of one that does not. You begin by browning a couple of tart apples first in butter, second in maple syrup. Then you fold these right into the batter, creating a delicious one-stop-shopping pancake. All you need is a slick of good salted butter. Sweet enough uses a handy technique for the batter, beating it in a mixer until it’s as frothy as an ice cream soda – whether it’s imaginary or real, the bubbles seem to lift the cakes to ethereal heights. - A&MA&M

Serves 4

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons melted butter (plus more for the pan)
  • 2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  1. melt the two tablespoons of butter in a pan. when the butter just starts to bubble, add the apples. cook over a medium heat until they start to release their liquid. add the maple syrup and cook until the apples start to caramelize. remove from heat and set aside.
  2. sift the dry ingredients together and set aside. put the eggs, vanilla extract and milk in a mixing bowl and beat at a high speed with an electric mixer or whisk for a few minutes until the liquid looks frothy. add the flour and mix on the lowest speed until the large lumps disappear. gently blend in the melted butter and apples. do not over mix.
  3. melt a tablespoon of butter in a heavy skillet over a medium high heat. the pan needs to be hot. test it by putting a drop of batter in the pan. if it sizzles, it's hot enough. using a soup ladle, add as many pancakes to the pan as it will hold without crowding. when you start to see bubbles forming and the edges starting to harden, flip the pancakes over and cook for a few minutes on the other side. serve with warm maple syrup.

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about 1 month ago Simone Horn de Petit

Like to try this for my kid, can I use oil instead of butter and how is the relation between butter and oil? Thanks

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2 months ago DIDEMHOSGEL

This is the one of the best pancake recipe ever!

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12 months ago Malena

these were AMAZING! so fluffy, but not airy.. so delicious and i really wish i had bacon right now!

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over 1 year ago beccaoco

I used half whole wheat flour and half white flour-perfect combo to add some depth to these delicious pancakes! I only had one granny apple on hand and it added a bit of flavor and texture without over powering the pancake. I also added a few more splashes of milk (half being 2% and the other skim) so the batter wasn't so thick. Very fluffy and tasty and I consider myself a pancake snob!

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over 1 year ago Trena

This is a really tasty pancake recipe. I've made it with and without the apples depending on what I have on hand and it's great despite my tweaking.

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over 1 year ago Ceege

This recipe brings back childhood memories. My Mom made what she called "apple fritters". The only difference was she would dip apple slices into batter, place on griddle, then add a bit more batter to completely cover the apple. With this recipe I am wondering if "each" pancake ends up with some apples in them.

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over 1 year ago Mianna

Very good, I only had 1% and fuji apples, it still worked. I also mixed 50/50 whole wheat/ap flour. Thank you!

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almost 2 years ago Tigerlillyblu

Glad to have found this recipe. I have a couple "go to" pancake recipes, however, my husband didn't seem to love them .. until now. He loved these pancakes. Like the previous reviewer, I used skimmed milk and omitted the apples. They were easy to whip up, fluffy and light. They tasted great with raspberry jam and drizzled maple syrup. I will definitely try them again with the apples. Thank you for sharing.

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almost 2 years ago Tigerlillyblu

Glad to have found this recipe. I have a couple "go to" pancake recipes, however, my husband didn't seem to love them .. until now. He loved these pancakes. Like the previous reviewer, I used skimmed milk and omitted the apples. They were easy to whip up, fluffy and light. They tasted great with raspberry jam and drizzled maple syrup. I will definitely try them again with the apples. Thank you for sharing.

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over 2 years ago Suzy Samba

I made this recipe tonight with the following changes: 1) subbed almond extract for vanilla to get a nuttier flavor, 2) used skim milk instead of whole for lower fat content and 3) omitted the apples. It was still delicious! Next time, I'll try with fruit!

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over 2 years ago PCusack

Perfect pancakes were a hit this morning. Can't wait to try then with different seasonal fruits.

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over 2 years ago durun99

I made these with my daughter for dinner last night. She loves using the all-in-one peeling, slicing, coring machine we have so this was a good fit. These were probably the best pancakes I've ever had. More importantly, my whole family loved them, including the two boys who don't usually like anything but chocolate chips in their pancakes. By the way, we made extra apples that we put on top of the pancakes as well as inside, and that worked out well.

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over 2 years ago Rivka

Made these this morning, and they were delish. They were a bit heavier than I expected, though. I think it's important to let the apples cool completely before adding them to the batter; we added them while still warm, and I think that activated the baking powder too quickly. The batter was really bubbling up by the time the first ladle went in the pan, and I think that diminished its power to keep the pancakes light. Flavor was fantastic though - will definitely be making them again soon.

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

I made these tonight with my two children for dinner...they are amazing! I love how they are so light and fluffy with the caramelized apples inside. YUM! These are a winner in our book, thanks for a great recipe that we are sure to make again and again.

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over 3 years ago juliya

i just made some. they were delicious. these pancakes win!

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over 3 years ago emilyv

These look great!
I really enjoy making hearty pancakes to freeze and take for lunch, but usually without fruit. Any thoughts on how these would hold up given the standard office toaster oven/micro combo?

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over 4 years ago richard corio

I also made them for dinner. light but satisfying. great recipe.

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over 4 years ago April

I made these for my 2-year old daughter this morning and they were wonderful. I pre-made the batter last night and decided to leave the apple mixture for a topping rather than an add-in to the batter and they still turned out great. Light, fluffy, and with this wonderful diner-style flavor I have been trying to replicate for years.

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over 4 years ago Noma

Really delectable and 1-2-3 to make. I love a cast iron pan, too.

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over 4 years ago Nina Collins

i love this recipe. totally easy and yummy.