Solitary Sunday Supper: Pancakes for One

We interrupt your regular programming to bring you the following Public Service Announcement:

You. Yes, you. You who are eyeballing that yellow plastic bottle, contemplating adding some water and shaking it to make pancakes. Put. It. Down. Walk away from the scary shake-and-pour. Turn your back on the microwaveable pancakes. Because, guess what? Give up? Come a little closer so I can let you in on a little secret.

You are never more than eighteen minutes away from homemade pancakes.

Oh, sorry.  Did I hurt your ears?  But, it's true.  You are this close to homemade pancakes.  Yes, even if you live alone or all your family is out at the movies.

Here's how it's done.  Follow these steps To The Letter, and you, too, can be enjoying fresh, homemade pancakes in just a bit longer than it takes to listen to (okay, read) this announcement.

The Equipment

  • a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or griddle
  • a timer
  • a stove
  • one bowl
  • one whisk
  • one spoon (a regular teaspoon will do)
  • a half-cup measure
  • a pancake turner or other thin spatula-type Item
  • butter
  • real maple syrup (yes, it is worth it)
  • a plate
  • a fork (optional)

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup self rising flour
  • 1 spoonful of sugar
  • optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon or other pancake-y type spice
  • whole milk (about 1/4" shy of the top of the half cup measure)
  • 1 spoonful of neutral oil
  • optional: splash of vanilla/citrus zest/chocolate chips--whatever

The Procedure

  • Preheat the skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Set the timer for five minutes.
  • In your bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  • Stir oil into milk, add vanilla, if you're using it.
  • Pour over dry ingredients and whisk slowly until just incorporated.
  • Let the batter sit until the timer goes off.
  • Rub a little butter onto your skillet.
  • Pour 1/2 of your pancake batter into the skillet.
  • While your pancake cooks, heat up the maple syrup so it's ready to go.
  • Let pancake cook until the bubbles around the edges pop but don't fill back in with batter, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Flip pancake and cook about 2 minutes.
  • While the second side of the pancake cooks, put a wee pat of butter on your plate.
  • Place pancake onto plate on top of butter.
  • Pour the rest of the batter into the pan.
  • Put a wee pat of butter on top of your first pancake.
  • Cook pancake 3-4 minutes and then flip.
  • Cook second side of pancake 2 minutes.
  • Place second pancake on top of first.  Apply another wee pat of butter.
  • Turn off stove.
  • Pour syrup on top of pancakes.
  • Eat.
  • Be smug about your Awesomeness.


So, next time you think about taking the Low Road with the shake-n-pour, remember, you now know the secret of Homemade Pancakes in 18 minutes.

That concludes this Public Service Announcement.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming:


  1. says

    What? No egg?? Illustrious Chef, I bow before your awesome recipes…..but, but, but! Pancakes without eggs? Did I sleep through that class or what? I want to get this right as I am often in the position of making pancakes, or summat, for one!

  2. says

    Hurrah for the no-egg and the single-serving! I cook only for myself, never have eggs in my fridge, and have recently decided I need to give pancakes another go after disliking them for most of my life. Pastry Chef to the rescue!

  3. says

    I may have to try this, although I had to look up the recipe for turning all purpose flour into self-rising. (for anyone else, add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda) But what a great way to make pancakes for just me 🙂

    • says

      MJ, if you don’t have sr flour, I’d make it w/ 1/2 cup all purpose, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Since the batter doesn’t contain any acidic ingredients, the baking soda won’t work so well in this case. Regardless, do make them–very easy, and perfect for one! 🙂

  4. says

    And the smell of pancakes first thing in the morning, yum! Yeah who buys that nasty pour stuff, so wrong. I even cheat sometimes and make the batter the night before just to save that bit of breakfast time. And pancakes for supper, oh yeah there is a lovely treat mid-week. Thanks for your pancake recipe!

  5. says

    This made me chuckle so much! It is amazing how lazy the world is becoming and relying on such pointless quick making things. I’d NEVER buy the shake and pour. It is just WRONG!!! I love making homemade pancakes. Throw in some mashed banana’s into the mix and I’m really good to go.

    Thanks for the chuckle. The video just made it even more amusing. Guess what we are having for dinner now 🙂 And who said pancakes are only for breakfast?!

  6. says

    I can not deny I have what I think is the best pancake recipe…and that’s saying a lot because it came from my ex-husband’s dad and I still think it’s worthy. I’ll have to try yours, they sure look perfect. Too bad we can’t do a pancake throwdown! 🙂


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