This secret family pancake recipe was passed down from my grandfather. He fed a family of 7 (including 4 growing boys!) on these pancakes, and refused to give anyone the recipe until he finally relinquished it to my mother (his daughter-in-law) before he passed away. It is a long-standing family favorite!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; make a 'well' in the center of the flour mixture. Pour milk, eggs, and 1 tablespoon oil into the well. Mix until well moistened.

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  • Place a griddle over medium-high heat; sprinkle a few drops of water onto the griddle. If the droplets bounce, the griddle is ready; add 2 teaspoons oil.

  • Spoon batter onto the griddle; cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 3 to 5 more minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Nutrition Facts

262.5 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 40.3g 13% DV; fat 8.4g 13% DV; cholesterol 51.4mg 17% DV; sodium 554.2mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2013
With a recipe like this there is absolutely no reason to buy a box mix ever again. I am one of those oddballs that doesn't like syrup on my pancakes so the sugar in this recipe added just the right amount of sweetness. Don't overmix the batter. After flipping they really rise nice and tall so flip them gently and don't smash them down with the back of the spatula. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/25/2014
The ratio of liquid to flour is way off. The batter is far too watery. 1 and half cups flour to 3/4 cup milk is more like it. Read More
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955 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 746
  • 4 star values: 139
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 26
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2013
With a recipe like this there is absolutely no reason to buy a box mix ever again. I am one of those oddballs that doesn't like syrup on my pancakes so the sugar in this recipe added just the right amount of sweetness. Don't overmix the batter. After flipping they really rise nice and tall so flip them gently and don't smash them down with the back of the spatula. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2013
These are PERFECT!!! I did add a dash of vanilla extract as I always do to my pancakes These are sweeter then your average pancake! thats what makes them soooo yummy!! this recipe is a keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2013
The first time I made this recipe, the batter was way too wet and the pancakes were too sweet. Second time I made it, I cut the milk by a scant quarter cup and I cut the sugar back by half. Good pancake recipe but not our family's favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2015
I have to wonder when I read some of these reviews... I saw one that claimed the pancakes tasted funny because of the vinegar...what vinegar? There isn't any in the recipe. Another blamed the recipe for being too watery whereas another person who had that issue knew it was because of the altitude and adjusted. Don't you think you should be aware of the effects of altitude before you cook? Alternatively, runny pancake batter is necessary if you want pancakes with a larger diameter. Personally I thought these were great and I wish I could have made them as written as I think they would have been just as good that way if not better. I added blueberries because my son insisted. I also realized too late that I was out if canola oil (which is my oil of choice for pancakes) so I used raspberry infused olive oil in the batter and cooked the pancakes in butter. I figured cooking them in the fruity olive oil might be too much. I will definitely save this recipe and next time I make it, I'll only add the blueberries to my son's pancakes and make sure the recipe holds up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2014
First off, I hate pancakes! I only make them because my kids love them. I think they're syrup sponges that are a crime to the culinary world. My hubby made this recipe a couple weeks back and I gasped in shock. Dense, soft, most sponge like a cake and just enough sweetness. I've been craving them since. The ONLY pancakes I will ever make in this house again. You won't regret it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2016
These are great! I followed the recipe exactly w/the exception of adding some vanilla. If you try this recipe, make it as written before making judgement or changing for what you think is wrong or how pancake batter should be. The batter IS thin, but the pancakes do puff up (although, not sky high) so don't add flour until you have tried as written. They also will bubble up (one reviewer said they did not). Some reviews talked about "soda" - HUH?? - where does it say "soda" which would completely ruin this pancake. It uses "baking powder" NOT baking soda!! They are sweeter than most pancakes so I don't understand how anyone can say they are "bland"??? Usually when I make pancakes, I just Pam my griddle once, but these seemed to need another spray or oiling - probably because there is so little oil in the batter. It was obvious a reviewer or more, reviewed on reading, not cooking and that is SO wrong and arrogant! I once had a friend say that when she tried a new recipe, she followed it exactly, but after that it belonged to her to change as she desired. Reviewers here should adopt that philosophy as reviewing after making changes is unfair. (There, got that off my chest! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2017
I have made this recipe for years now since finding it. My boys all love the heck outta these pancakes. The recipe is perfect as it in our opinion and is great without syrup. I now use buttermilk versus milk and add a teaspoon of vanilla and also let the batter rest for a while before cooking. Perfection! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/25/2014
The ratio of liquid to flour is way off. The batter is far too watery. 1 and half cups flour to 3/4 cup milk is more like it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2013
Grandpa and his family must have had a sweet tooth! At 4 times the amount of sugar as my usual pancake recipe these pancakes were way too sweet for my taste. I loved that this recipe cut the salt some and had minimal oil included. The texture was what you'd expect from a pancake. My kids thought they were terrific saving it from a three stars from me. If you don't like syrup like "Baking Nana" said in her review these pancakes could possibly be your flap jack of choice. Read More
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