My Favorite Pancake Recipe

This is my go-to pancake recipe whenever I'm in the mood for homemade brunch. These guys freeze & reheat terrifically and it's always a treat to have 'em for a quick breakfast on-the-go when I'm tired of yogurt & oatmeal cups—45 sec in the microwave and I'm ready to head out the door, breakfast in hand.

My favorite Allrecipes pancake recipe calls for a milk + vinegar as the liquid, but seeing as I've begun making milk kefir this summer and have an excess, I tried subbing in kefir as the liquid and it worked just as well. Milk kefir is a fermented milk product (think: drinkable yogurt but with way more beneficial bacteria strains than regular yogurt). It's best described as a cross between buttermilk and yogurt, and it's the consistency of a yogurt smoothie.

If you don't have buttermilk or milk kefir on hand, 1 cup of plain milk + 2 T lemon juice or vinegar works perfectly well in a pinch.

The pancakes pictured below include an extra variation on this recipe; I used a sourdough starter instead of beginning with dry flour, which made the pancakes more flavorful but reduced their usual fluffiness. Would definitely do again, though, if I've got sourdough starter on hand, because the yeast add more flavor to the batter.


Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes (by kris)

These whip up in no time at all and won't last long at the table either. Leftovers freeze well; wrap individual portions in parchment paper (or wrap in squares from those translucent plastic produce bags at the grocery store #reuse), stack a bunch in a Ziploc freezer bag, and pop into the freezer. 


  • 3/4 cup milk + 2 tablespoons white vinegar (or an equal volume of buttermilk/kefir)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


- If not using buttermilk or kefir, combine milk with vinegar and set aside to let the milk "sour". Don’t worry, you won’t taste the acidity and the curds won’t affect the final product.

- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

- Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter into a heated skillet over medium heat. You can grease the pan with butter, which adds additional flavor, but I find that it burns too easily so I usually grease with light olive oil instead. This is also the step that I sprinkle in chocolate chips and frozen berries.

- Cook on the first side till bubbles appear on the surface, then flip once and cook till browned on the other side. 

Note: The vinegar + milk won't make the batter sour at all. It's an extra acidic medium for the baking powder and soda to react with, which is what makes these pancakes so light and fluffy.


Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Yield: ~8 pancakes