Perfect Pancakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Cooking spray or additional butter for the pan
  • Optional: Add-ins like chocolate chips, blueberries, or chopped nuts


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg and then add the buttermilk and melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be cautious not to overmix; a few lumps are okay. If you’re adding any optional ingredients like chocolate chips or berries, gently fold them into the batter.
  4. Preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. You can test if it’s hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If the water sizzles and evaporates, it’s ready.
  5. Lightly grease the skillet with cooking spray or a small amount of butter. You can use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the pancake batter onto the skillet. Use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. This will help you control the size and ensure even cooking.
  6. Cook the pancakes until you see bubbles forming on the surface and the edges start to look set, typically 2-3 minutes.
  7. Carefully flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate and keep them warm. You can also keep them warm in a preheated oven at a low temperature (around 200°F or 93°C).
  9. Continue making pancakes with the remaining batter, greasing the skillet as needed.
  10. Serve your perfect pancakes with your favorite toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh fruit, whipped cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Enjoy your delicious homemade pancakes, and don’t forget to experiment with different toppings and additions to make them your own!