Welcome, breakfast lovers who don’t want to share! Here you will learn the secrets of making self-rising flour pancakes for one. Namely, yourself.
This no egg pancake recipe is scalable and you can make it to feed a crowd. The nice thing about this recipe is that the proportions are easy to remember and you can also vary it in many ways.
Made with self-rising flour, vary them however you like by adding citrus zest, spices, blueberries, etc.
If you do feel like sharing, I recommend my yeast raised chocolate chip pancakes.
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Making pancakes using self-rising flour
Why use self-rising flour in this pancake recipe?
If you happen to have self-rising flour, it makes it really easy to whip up these guys quickly.
Self-rising flour, sometimes called self-raising flour, already contains leavening and salt, so you only need to measure 1 ingredient rather than 3.
And the self-rising flour already has the perfect amount of leavening in it so you don’t have to guess. Sweet!
You can and should make only one serving!
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What You Need for Pancakes with Self-Raising Flour
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.
Ingredients you’ll need
- self-rising flour (if you don’t have self-rising flour, substitute with a mixture of all purpose flour, baking powder and salt at this ratio: for each cup of self-rising flour, use 1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt)
- sugar (granulated sugar, brown sugar, or even a sugar substitute like monkfruit + erithrytol)
- milk (you can use non-dairy milk)
- spice: I often add a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg
- vegetable oil (neutral such as canola, safflower, corn, etc): this serves to tenderize the pancakes just a bit, but not so much that they won’t hold together without eggs.
- butter: this is for topping the pancakes. You just can’t beat the flavor.
- real maple syrup (yes, it is worth it)
Can you really make pancakes without eggs?
In fact, sometimes using eggs can make your pancakes almost rubbery.
Making pancakes without eggs and mixing just until the ingredients come together yields fluffy, tender pancakes.
It’s my preferred way to make pancakes. No eggs, thanks very much.
You may now consider this your go-to no egg pancake recipe!
Equipment you’ll need
- a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or griddle (an electric fry pan works here too)
- a timer
- a stove (only if not using an electric fry pan!)
- one bowl
- one whisk
- one spoon (a regular teaspoon will do)
- a half-cup measure
- a pancake turner or other thin spatula-type Item
How to make these small batch pancakes
Here’s how it’s done. Follow these steps To The Letter, and you, too, can be enjoying fresh, a solitary and delicious meal of pancakes without eggs in about 20 minutes.
Note that pancake batter is best made using The Muffin Method.
- Heat your griddle or skillet. You want you pan to be nice and hot, so go ahead and give it a head start on medium-high heat while you mix your ingredients. (If you make a lot of pancakes, having an electric griddle or an electric skillet is a nice luxury that will help them cook evenly.)
- Whisk together dry ingredients. In this case, dry ingredients include self-rising flour and a little sugar. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can still make these. See the recipe notes. You can also whisk in some spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom if you’d like.
- Whisk wet ingredients together. You’ll need milk (I like whole milk, but you can make these dairy-free by using your favorite nut milk.)
- Whisk in some neutral vegetable oil and any extract. If you’re using citrus zest, you can whisk it in with your milk and oil.
- Mix wet into dry. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it just comes together. A few lumps are just fine.
- Cook. Add a bit of butter to your pan and cook your pancakes, 1/3 of the batter at a time. Once you pour the batter into the pan, that’s when you can add fruit or chocolate chips. Let them cook until set and dry around the edges. Flip and cook an additional couple of minutes.
- Plate and Enjoy. I like to put butter on my plate, add a pancake, add more butter, add a pancake, add butter, then top with a pancake. But I like butter! You can just add a pat of butter on top, douse in syrup, and enjoy.
- Add lemon zest to the batter and add fresh or frozen blueberries to each pancake while the batter is still wet and before you flip them
- Add orange zest and add mini chocolate chips to each pancake (as above)
- Spice with cinnamon and add a sprinkling of chopped, spiced or candied nuts to each pancake
- Add minced, crystalized ginger to each pancake and top with spiced peaches
- For a fun dessert variations, add cinnamon to the batter and then top with whipped cream and spiced pumpkin caramel sauce.
- You really are only limited by your imagination, so please have fun with this basic recipe and use your favorite flavor combinations
Pancakes for One Q & A
Absolutely! It shortens the ingredient list and makes mixing up a batch of pancakes for one (or more) a breeze.
Once you realize that mixes are mostly just pre-mixed dry ingredients with a few artificial ingredients added in for good measure, you’ll realize that with self-rising flour alone, you have gone a good way to making your own pancake mix. Plus no weird ingredients.
In this case, it’s the chemical reaction between the leaveners present in self-raising (self-rising) flour and liquid and the heat of the griddle.
Yes, y’all, you really can. They bake up (griddle up?) light and tender.
Of course. Add a little lemon zest to your batter. Once you pour some into your skillet, allow it to set up a minute, and then sprinkle on a handful of blueberries. When the pancake is ready, flip it over and continue cooking. The berries will cook right into your pancakes.
Absolutely. There are tons of ways to vary this basic recipe. Add vanilla to the batter, and use the same procedure as for blueberry pancakes. Add batter to the skillet, top evenly with chocolate chips, then flip and finish cooking. The chocolate chips will definitely be melty. You may have a little burning/sticking where the chocolate touches the skillet, but otherwise, you’ll have lovely, chocolate chip pancakes.
Other pancake recipes to enjoy
If you’re a fan of this pancake recipe, here are a couple more from my site and from some of my friends. Enjoy!
- German Pancakes (made with mashed potatoes)
- Yeast-Raised Chocolate Chip Pancakes (not too sweet. Really good!)
- Vegan Vanilla Chai Pancakes (no eggs, no dairy)
- Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes with Pears (hearty and satisfying)
- Bubula (Matzo Meal Pancakes) (like your grandma used to make)
- You may really enjoy these pumpkin pecan pancakes in the fall.
- Banana Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Pancakes ( if you’re looking for a dessert pancake!)
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For the Pancakes
- 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
- Real maple syrup
- 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.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 3 pancakes
Amount Per Serving Calories 442Saturated Fat 13gCholesterol 8mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 10g
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