• Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes


I have never been much of a pancake fan before, but lately I have been having cravings for them. I like my pancakes light and fluffy, so I went looking for a recipe with just those qualities. After looking at quite a few recipes, I developed my own recipe which combined a little of each. The secret of fluffy is to have enough leavening to make the pancakes pop. The "double-acting" baking powder used here develops fluffiness when mixed the the wet ingredients and agin when the pancakes are cooked.

This photo is an example of a fresh batch just off the cast iron griddle that always sits atop our stove — perfect for just such a meal. If you have a hankering for pancakes, this recipe works very well. It only makes about 6 average-sized pancakes, but the recipes is easily doubled or tripled if you want to make a larger batch. I do add a bit more milk than the recipe calls for, just to make them a little bit lighter.

This recipe was originally published as part of the Recipes in Rotation series on My Word with Douglas E. Welch (http://welchwrite.com/blog/category/recipes-in-rotation/)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp slat
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • Splash orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Heat griddle or pan to medium
  • Melt butter in microwave but do not brown. Set aside to cool a bit.
  • In small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Combine egg, milk, orange juice, vanilla and cooled butter in small bowl. Quickly whisk together with fork.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry -- mixing just enough to moisten. Do not over beat or they will be less fluffy.
  • When griddle or pan is hot. (Drops of water on pan skitter about energetically)
  • Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle or pan for each pancake
  • Cook on each side until golden and fluffy.
  • Serves 4

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