Pancakes are traditional round-shaped hot cakes served as breakfast in the United States. They are made with flour, sugar, eggs and buttermilk but it can be also added fresh fruit (blueberries or banana) to the dough. The thickness may vary and depends to the presence of leavening agents in the recipe. Pancakes are cooked on a hot surface such as a griddle or frying pan and served with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

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This recipe yields 6-8 pancakes


1 1/2 cups all purpose-flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or whole milk plus a tbsp of lemon juice)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
vegetable oil, for brushing the pan


In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Add buttermilk, melted butter, egg and mix until smooth.
Heat a griddle or a non stick skillet over a medium heat, brush lightly with oil and pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancakes onto the griddle.
Cook until the top is bubbly and golden brown (about 2 minutes) , then with a wide spatula turn the pancake on the other side and cook until golden.
Serve hot.

Photo by Ale Gambini

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