UPDATED post for Pancakes for One. Updates include new photos and recipe card.
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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 20 minutes away from homemade pancakes! Click To Tweet
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.
What Do I Need to Make Pancakes?
Barring a box of mix or a frozen brick of pancakes from the big box store in your freezer, here’s what you’ll need. You probably own most of this stuff already.
- self-rising flour
- milk (you can use non-dairy milk)
- vegetable oil
- a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or griddle (an electric fry pan works here too)
- 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
- real maple syrup (yes, it is worth it)
- a plate
- a fork (optional)
Pancakes for One
When you want an indulgent breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner on those days you're home alone, turn to this easy recipe for pancakes for one. No egg recipe for tender pancakes. You're going to love them!
- 1/2 cup self rising flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/3 cup whole milk about 1/4" shy of the top of the half cup measure
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil I use avocado oil
- a sprinkle of cinnamon or other pancake-y type spice optional
- splash of vanilla/citrus zest/chocolate chips--whatever optional
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Preheat the skillet over medium/medium-high heat. Set the timer for five minutes.
In your bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients, including zest, if using. Do not mix in any "chunky" mixins here--only spices or zest
Stir oil into milk, and 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 1/3 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. If using blueberries, cinnamon chips, chocolate chips, etc, sprinkle on a few evenly over the top of the pancake before flipping.
- 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 this pancake onto plate on top of butter.
Make 2 more pancakes the same way you made the first.
- Put a wee pat of butter on top of your first pancake.
Pile on the other 2 pancakes as they finish cooking, adding a small pat of butter in between each pancake.
- Turn off stove.
- Pour syrup on top of pancakes.
Rather than plating each pancake before plating the next, you can keep the cooked pancakes warm in a toaster oven and then plate everything all at once.
As a special treat, rather than using plain maple syrup, try some of the Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrups that are out now. Very good! It's pricey, but these are pancakes for one, and that means you're not sharing with your kids or your husband. Indulge!
Nutritionals calculated without the butter (or syrup) for serving. Just so you know.
I made my pancakes for one with lemon zest in the batter and fresh blueberries sprinkled on top of each pancake as it cooked.
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.
Thank you for spending some time here today. Enjoy your pancakes that you don’t have to share with anyone! Take care, and have a lovely day.