Light and Fluffy Homemade Pancakes…best recipe ever!

by Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum on February 24, 2013

in Breakfast

So today is Sunday and on Sunday’s my daughter Kelsi started a tradition to make pancakes.  We almost do pancakes every Sunday (or we do some kind of sweet breakfast from French Toast to waffles).  I’ve been experimenting with making homemade pancakes from scratch as I’m really not interested in always keeping a boxed mixture around…thing is, in some recipes the pancakes come out flatter, or not as tasty…I’ve tried adding buttermilk, berries and yogurt…and yet I still feel like I come out short in flavor or texture.

I have made pancakes adding milk and lemon, (adding lemon and milk together makes buttermilk) and added it to my wet ingredients but they were still not great pancakes.  So my search was still on, then I remembered at work, we were experimenting with scones and we had a recipe that used vinegar, I know adding vinegar is not a traditional thing to add to your sweet pancake right?  Wrong!

The theory behind the vinegar is that the vinegar would help to activate the baking powder and baking soda and ultimately allows for the fluffiest pancakes ever, I promise!  After trying many times to find the right balance, I did it, I created a recipe that I feel is one of the best recipes for pancakes I have ever made.  The best part is that all of the ingredients are in your pantry so you don’t have to make a special trip to the market.

The vinegar amount used for my pancakes is white vinegar, you will not taste the vinegar in the pancake but make sure it’s white distilled vinegar not white wine vinegar.  Also, if you think just adding buttermilk will make the same fluffy pancake…think again…I promise you that if you did a side by side comparison, the pancakes with the vinegar and milk are much more fluffy and much more tastier.

This batter is very thick, so do not add any additional liquids, do a light mixing prior to placing on your hot skillet.

So basically add the vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.  Meanwhile, melt the butter, I do mine on the stove but a microwave works fine, I put everything aside and got a large bowl and put all my dry ingredients in it.

Add the milk to your eggs, then add the cooled butter.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir…do not over stir this mixture.  Here is a photo of it right after I added the wet to the dry.

pancake batter

I let it sit for about 3 minutes and here is how it looked after that…see how thick this gets?

pancake batter up close

I used a spoon to put it the batter on my hot buttered griddle (this is my favorite griddle)

pancakes cooking

because these are so thick and fluffy they take a few extra minutes to cook up

fluffy pancakes

For my final photo I didn’t put any syrup on top as I didn’t want to take away from the pancakes.  Look how fluffy they are.  We added mini chocolate chips to the batter for 1/2 of the recipe as my daughter loves it that way.  You can add anything you love as well.

Pancakes |

Again out of all the recipes I ever did…this by far is the best recipe for fluffy and light pancakes.  I know you will love em!  Enjoy!!!!


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Light and Fluffy Homemade Pancakes…best recipe ever!


  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup White vinegar (read above)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract


  1. Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 10-12 minutes and set it aside. During this time I also melted my butter on the stove top to allow the butter to cool off a bit.
  2. In a large bowl, add your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk your egg, add the milk and melted butter together, mix well. Add your vanilla extract to your wet ingredients.
  4. Pour your wet ingredients into the large bowl of your dry ingredients and whisk. The dough is very thick, do not add any liquids to it and do not over mix it. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes before cooking off on a hot skillet.

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  • Kathleen

    Truly the best pancakes I have ever made! Thx for making my sons bday yummy!

    • Patty

      your comment was so sweet and so appreciated, thank you for taking the time to leave one..and I’m soooooo happy your son loves them as much as we do…Happy Birthday to your son!

  • Pam

    Hi Patty,

    My husband loves pancakes. He complains that mine are tough. I tried your recipe and WOW, a happy husband. He whined about the vinegar, now he is a happy boy, THANK YOU. Pam

    • Patty

      Pam – I’m so glad you didn’t let the vinegar get in the way of an amazing pancake and I’m so happy your husband loved them. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate receiving them :)

  • Suzanne Maxwell

    These were the best pancakes I have made yet. My husband and stepsons said the same thing, the best ever. I grew up on Bisquick pancakes which are pretty darn good but started making them from scratch a few years ago. I have tried several recipes and experiments of my own but never could achieve THE pancake. This recipe’s pancake is simply perfect. I made one change, I seperated the eggs and mixed the yolks with the liquids then adding the dry ingredients as the recipe calls for. I wisked the whites until pretty frothy then folded them in the finished batter. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.


    • Patty

      Suzanne, thank you so much for taking time to come back and leave me a comment…I’m very happy that everyone loved them!! I too used to separate my eggs and whip the whites, with this recipe I have found that it is not needed. Try it out next time without whipping up the whites and let me know what you think?

  • Josie Benoit

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! We tried this yesterday and it was indeed fluffy, light and delicious!!! Hope you don’t mind if I share this recipe with my friends in Facebook… :)

    • Patty

      Josie – Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you liked them as much as I have! I’d love it if you shared the recipe, if you don’t mind, please reference where you got it. Thank you again!

  • JC Gibbs

    Your recipe works fabulous! I replaced the sugar with honey and some brown sugar, used almond milk and rice vinegar (had to use what I had around the house). It still worked perfectly!

    You wrote it very clear and I wrote my own recipe based on yours, (added the substitutions and cut the recipe in half) and mentioned on my post that my recipe was inspired on yours :)

    Thanks so much for sharing it, it was wonderful to finally work a simple yet successful homemade pancake recipe. I can’t wait to make them again, this time with Bananas.


    • Patty

      Thank you so much for your comment. I loved that you changed it up, they still came out great and that you acknowledged me on your site! I checked out your page and they looked great! Thank you again!

  • sandie

    This is the pancake I have been craving for a month! I do not like mixes and those frozen disks are ok for attracting UFO’s. Thank you soooooo much.

    • Patty


      I’m glad that you like these pancakes! And I’m glad they do not look like those UFO’s lol. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate you coming on and sharing. Patty

  • Matteo

    These pancakes were absolutely stunning! Easily the best I’ve ever had, here in the UK good American pancakes are far and in between so to make such a light and fluffy recipe was such a privilege! Thank you!

    • Patty

      Matteo – Thank you for your comment, it was so sweet and I really appreciated you taking time to send it. I’m so happy that you found these to be as wonderful as we have!

  • Kara

    I made these pancakes for my family today and they LOVED them. I’ve tried out several different “fluffy pancake” recipes and have been disappointed until today. My search is over! :) thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Patty

      Kara –

      Thank you for your comment and I’m very happy that everyone LOVED this recipe and that you were not disappointed, as there’s nothing worse then trying a new recipe and it not coming out good. We too absolutely love this recipe as well!

      Thank you again for taking time to comment I appreciate it.

  • Susan

    Dear Patty,

    Over the years, I’ve tried many recipes for many things and have never commented, whether good or bad. This time, I feel absolutely compelled to. Your recipe is out of this world! By far, the best pancakes I’ve ever made! Finally, a top-notch, restaurant quality pancake! I don’t know what’s better, the taste or how easy they are to make! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! My family loves them :-)

    • Patty

      Susan, I’m soooooo happy that you decided to try my recipe and to comment. Your comment was very sweet and I’m so happy that your family loves them as much as we do! Thank you again for taking time to comment and enjoy!

  • Tina

    I finally found the recipe from my childhood. My children enjoyed it.

  • cindyok

    I am making these for the third time! I made them for dinner last week and my kids and husband all agreed it was one of their favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://mmgood Marie Booze

    I just made these delish light & fluffy pancakes. Wow they tasted great and I was told by everyone to keep this recipe. Easy & quick, served them with fruit & maple bacon…mmgood is right!!!!!!! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your site.
    Thanks marie, windsor ontario canada

  • http://mmgood Marie

    Patty, can u store uncooked batter in the fridge overnite..?

    • Patty

      Marie –

      When I worked in the commercial kitchen we did store our batter overnight as believe it or not it creates another layer of flavor. For this recipe, I have never tried it but if you do try it can you let me know how it works out?

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Nancy

    I have been determined to find a delicious pancake recipe, and I finally found one in yours. I made these pancakes this morning and couldn’t stop talking about how delicious, beautiful, and fluffy they were–simply the BEST my family and I have ever had! I also have to mention that they were so good that I didn’t even add syrup to mine. This is a recipe that I will treasure and pass along to friends and family. THANK YOU so much for taking the time and sharing–TRULY APPRECIATED!

    • Patty

      Nancy – Thank you so much for your comment, I’m always so appreciative when anyone takes time to come back and comment and I love when my recipe surpasses what people thought the outcome would be. Have a great 2014.

  • Bianca schipper

    Happy New Year with the wonderful pancakes! I knew about the dough batter, by using vinegar, and me and my friends had a welcoming for 2014 delighted with the maple syrup on it! Thanks!

    • Patty

      Bianca – awww, did you bring in the new year with my pancakes? thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and that you remembered to come back and comment, happy 2014 to you!

  • Rachael Pinson

    Wow! These are amazing!
    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking for an perfect recipe and I’ve finally found it. :)

    • Patty

      Rachael, Makes me happy that you found the “perfect” recipe and it’s mine! Thank you so much for your comment and enjoy!

  • lois jones

    My family doesn’t like pancakes, they are waffle eaters. I tried your pancake recipe and now they want me to make these all the time. They praised this recipe all through breakfast. These are so fantastic that words can’t describe wonderful taste. To anyone looking for a good recipe please please please try these and you won’t be disappointed I guarantee !!!

    • Patty

      Lois – Thank you so much for commenting on my pancakes! Makes me happy to hear that your family liked them, although with your opening line I initially was concerned, lol.


  • Aubri R

    I was so skeptical, but since I love trying new things. This seemed to be interesting(to say the least). My girls helped me make these. When I finished the first cake, I took it off the griddle broke it in pieces and popped one in my mouth to see how tart it was gonna be (vinegar). NOT AT ALL. These cakes were delicious. If you want perfectly sweet, delightfully fluffy, buttery and moist pancakes ,Look no more. Thank you for your research. You deserve a Nobel peace prize for this uncanny discovery. I think I love you!

    • Patty

      Aubri – thank you so much for your comment, I know the vinegar is a weird ingredient to use but it really did make the difference, I’m using it for everything now, even in making my muffins. I so appreciate you taking time to comment and I love that you you gave me such an amazing review! I am humbled…thank you again, Patty

  • Michael

    Some of my favorite cake recipes have the vinegar and baking soda chemistry built in like this. Now favorite pancake recipe as well. Very good recipe as stated by this point. Thanks for sharing it. For those who like weight measures instead of spoon and cup measures, here’s what I came up with in grams:
    Dry team
    200 flour
    87 sugar
    9 baking powder
    5 baking soda
    3 salt

    Wet team
    286 milk
    43 vinegar
    8 vanilla extract
    35 melted butter
    120 eggs – I know, it’s two eggs :)

    • Patty

      Michael, you are the best! thank you for converting it all and posting it for me!!!

  • Bronwyn

    Best. pancakes. ever. They are now a weekend staple. Thank you so much!

    • Patty

      They are a staple in our household as well…I’m glad you enjoyed them and appreciate you taking the time to come and comment, Thank you so much!

  • Shauna

    Thanks so much for a Fantastic recipe! I have been trying out homemade pancake recipes for about a year and I am finally at the end of my search the whole family loved them.

    • Patty

      Shauna – I’m sorry it took a year to find my recipe but I’m so happy you found it and LOVED it…thank you for taking the time to come and post about it I really appreciate it!

  • Karen

    Can the batter be made ahead and refrigerated?

  • Dnsjo

    This has me confused. Baking powder has a balanced combination of acid and base which only needs liquid to be dissolved and then activated to produce the CO2 gas bubbles. Baking soda which is just base is used use when your recipe calls for an acidic ingredient like fruit juice or buttermilk, or in your case, vinegar. Your recipe may be assisted by the vinegar only because you’ve used baking soda. It would be interesting to see if just using additional baking powder instead of baking soda would give the same fluffy result.

    FWIW, for extra fluff, separate out the whites, whip them up really good with a whisk, and fold them into the batter at the last minute.

  • Kristi

    Awesome pancakes! Everyone in my family loved them! I have tried many recipes and could never get them quite right. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thanks!

    • Patty

      I’m so happy you enjoyed them, it’s a keeper for me too! Thank you for the comment!

  • Bridget

    I’ve made these twice & they were really good the first time, but a happy accident made them amazing the 2nd time around.

    I was short on vinegar, so I used the juice of one lemon to combine and equal 1/4 cup.

    I really didn’t expect it to work, so I decided now was the time to experiment and whip the egg whites into soft peaks and stir them in at the end (as someone mentioned above). This really made an enormous difference and created very fluffy pancakes.

    They take a little longer to cook & burn if the griddle is too hot. I set my griddle to 250 and patiently waited.

    I will never make pancakes any other way. Yum!

    • Patty

      Bridget – adding the lemon juice to milk makes it a buttermilk, it works fine too but I have found that using the vinegar increases the pancakes to a much more fluffy pancake. Thank you for your comment, I always appreciate getting them. If you are looking to get the pancakes a little more brown quicker, add a little melted butter and that should help :)

  • Andy

    I was a little skeptical at first especially since I could kind of smell the vinegar so I assumed I hadn’t properly followed the recipe and done something terribly wrong. But as I was cooking up the second batch I could hear my wife and kids raving about these pancakes from the dining room. These are the best pancakes ever. Thanks so much.

    • Patty

      Andy – I loved your comment as it was a weird thing to add the vinegar but it worked great for this recipe and i’m so happy that you tried it, loved it and commented on it! thank you!

  • kim

    Hi Patty,

    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. I am so glad I came across your website. This is far the best recipe I’ve ever tried. Thanks to your secret of vinegar and milk mix. It makes a huge difference in the fluffiness of the pancake. My 4 years old daughter will be super happy when she wakes up this morning seeing this delicious pancake waiting for her. Your detailed instructions really helped and easy to follow. This pancake is just perfect!

    Cheers, Kim.

  • Brendon

    Hi, about how many people does it serve? Single pancakes

    • Patty

      Hi Brendon –

      It really depends on the size of your pancakes, I would guess, for a traditional pancake size, you will get about 10-15 pancakes. Again, depends on the size, let me know what you end up with. Thank you for the question! Patty

  • Sarah

    Just came across this recipe. I’ve probably tried 20 recipes and they all tasted like bricks. Thank you thank you! Love this recipe.

    • Patty

      Sarah –

      I’m happy that you didn’t give up on trying a new recipe and even tried mine. I’m so happy that you LOVE the recipe for my pancakes and thank you for commenting, I really appreciate it!


  • Ghada

    Hi Patty,
    I almost never leave comments but I had to thank you for this AMAZING recipe! ! Best fluffiest pancakes EVER!!! My daughter & I absolutely loved it. Thank you soooo much. I got about 15 medium sized pancakes.

    • Patty

      Ghada –

      It always humbles me to have someone come back and leave a comment so thank you so much for doing so. I’m also very happy that you liked the pancakes, thank you for supplying how many you got from the batch and enjoy!


  • mabel

    hi, I’m intending to try this out, seems like it’s quite good hahaha i just wanna know if it’s possible to add chocolate syrup to turn this into chocolate pancakes, will it be too thick?

    • Patty

      I have never added chocolate syrup to a mixture, please let me know how it turns out, i’d guess that it may not be as fluffy but please let me know.

  • Lauren

    I made these this AM for my boys, because i ran out of my “extra fluffy complete pancake mix” from WalMart, lol! I thought they were the best pancakes I’ve ever had! The boys thought they were too sweet. I made them exactly as written. I think they’re just not used to the sweetness because the boxed mix isn’t like that. Not sure if it’s the vanilla flavor, or sugar. Maybe I will try just cutting down a tiny bit on both?? Thanks!

    • Patty

      Lauren – thank you for your comment, you are correct, these are sweet pancakes, my daughter and I were joking as we used to buy the mix and always add sugar and vanilla. I’m happy you enjoyed the pancakes though and thank you for your comment!

  • Dan


    I had 8 of them and Ebony, my dog, had 4. I topped them with real peach syrup that a friend brought back from a trip to North Carolina. Fantastic!

    I’ll never use another recipe,

    • Patty

      Dan –

      I loved your comment…and i love that your dog ate 4 of them! The peach syrup sounds divine I’m gonna look into finding me some of that for sure…thank you for taking the time to post a comment I really appreciate it!


  • Kelly

    AMAZING!!!! I didn’t change a thing. My wife is almost 9 months pregnant and has been craving light fluffy pancakes like IHOP, but we don’t eat at places like that anymore..finally a recipe of restaurant quality and I know exactly what is in it!!! Thank you from both of us!

  • Ericka

    Thanks sooo much for sharing!!
    I have looked everywhere for the perfect pancake recipe light & fluffy but, big like flapjacks!
    I doubled the recipe to adjust the size to my liking. Thanks again!! This is perfect!!

    • Patty

      Ericka –

      Thank you for coming back and leaving me a comment! I’m not familiar with flapjack pancakes but I’m sure glad you thought they were as good as theirs lol. Thank you again for trying and leaving a comment!


  • chie

    patty, using your recipe, i made pancake stack birthday cakes for my hubby haha. one was a buttercream cheese stack, one a strawberry bananacream ovo stack, and one a BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) stack. he loved it! i don’t bake cakes and i didn’t wanna buy coz of the sugar and calories, but i’m so glad for your recipe coz hubby loved it! wish i could post a picture. one question though, what do i need to adjust if the pancake turned out extra thick? =)

    • Patty

      Thank you so much for trying my recipe and coming back to comment, I love and appreciate it very much! I love your creativity with my recipe…to make them less thick you can add more liquid (milk or water). I would guess if you omitted the vinegar, it would make them less fluffy, if you try that, please let me know how they turn out?

      Thank you again,


  • Fran

    AMAZING… These pancakes blew me away. I cook and bake often and was looking for a different pancake recipe and came across this one and decided to try it, so glad I did. We loved them. You hit the ball out of the park with this recipe. Great job. Thank you so much. :)

    • Patty

      Fran –

      I can’t thank you enough for coming on and leaving me a message, it’s the best part of blogging for me! I’m so happy that you gave my recipe a try and that you loved it. Thank you again for not only trusting in my recipe but in coming back to write about it.


  • sailor man 67

    best ever cakes ate half the batch by my self—- home made fig syrup may have helped tho

  • cherryjubilee

    Excellent pancakes. I subbed with apple cider vinegar, and forgot the baking soda. They flew off the table with creme fraiche and strawberry jam. Will serve next time with sausages, bacon and scrambled eggs. Thanks for a keeper!

  • Robyn

    I made these last night & they are indeed some of the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever had! I made a couple of substitutions (maple syrup in place of sugar and 2 TB applesauce & 2 TB coconut oil in place of the butter) & they still turned out great. I was a firm believer in buttermilk before, but I definitely noticed a difference with the milk and vinegar. I will be using this recipe from now on!

  • Ann

    Just made these, and they were as fluffy as promised!

    They were exactly how I wished homemade pancakes would be, but never were until now, so thanks for the recipe :)

    • Patty

      Awwwww…thank you ann! I’m glad you loved them!

  • Ginny

    I’ve been looking for a great pancake recipe and yours look like THE ONE. Gotta make these ASAP. Thanx for the recipe.

    • Patty

      Ginny – thank you so much for your comment, I do love getting them! You will LOVE this recipe, it’s super easy and it really does produce the best pancakes, please let me know what you think about them when you do make them.


  • Evans Newstrom

    I followed the recipe as written and about all I can say is that they were delicious. The recipe made more than my wife and i could possibly eat so we froze the rest of them. No doubt Patty knows what she is doing when developing her recipes. I enjoyed making them and eating these airy pillows called pancakes. Thanks, Evans

    • Patty

      Evans –

      Thank you so much for your comment and for your email…I am so happy you and your wife loved them and they do taste just as good after freezing them! Patty

  • Jennifer N Y

    Made these today and they are seriously the best pancakes I’ve ever had! I’m not a huge pancake person so that’s saying a lot. Thanks for sharing this is going in my recipe book!

    • Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum

      Jennifer –

      Thank you so much for your kind comment…I’m happy you loved them as much as I do!


  • Valerie B

    your recipe is the best ever, it’s a keeper, thank you for sharing!

    • Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum

      Valerie – Thank you for your comment, I am so happy you enjoyed the pancakes…I love them too!


  • Tamara Matthews

    Just tried these today… My husband had to take over cooking because I was eating each pancake as soon as they came off the pan. Best pancakes we’ve ever had!

    • Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum

      You are so cute…I love how much you loved these pancakes, and I love that you couldn’t sustain from eating them lol!

      Thank you for your comment, I always appreciate hearing from people.


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