Put the Bisquick down and walk away. You can do it.
These are the kind of pancakes you used to be able to get at roadside diners—or your grandmother’s house.
They’re great in the morning, or late at night, which seems to be our favorite time to hunker down with a tall stack.
Make them on the heaviest griddle or pan you have.
Old-School Diner Pancakes
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 tsp. baking soda
half a lemon
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbls. butter, melted
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
spray oil for the griddle
Serves about 3
Make the batter
Put the milk in a measuring cup and add a good squeeze of lemon to it. Give it a quick swirl with a spoon and set it aside.
Beat your egg in a medium-sized bowl until it’s light and airy. Add the milk and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
Add in the flour, sugar, melted butter, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine really well. Smoosh out all the lumps with your whisk or the back of a wooden spoon, so your batter is nice and smooth.
Cook the pancakes
Spray your griddle lightly with oil and heat on high til it’s nice and hot.
With a tablespoon or large soup spoon, spoon your batter onto your griddle in little puddles. (I have a double-burner griddle and can make about 6 pancakes at a time.)
Cook your pancakes for a few minutes. Keep an eye on them, as they’ll go from perfect to overdone pretty quickly.
After a few minutes, when your griddle is really hot, lower the heat to medium.
When are they ready to flip?
Flip them when tiny air bubbles appear on the surface. You can also lift up the edge with a spatula and peak underneath. When they’re golden brown on the bottom, they’re ready to flip.
Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, jam, whipped cream or any other yummy, sticky goodness you like.