Whether making a luxurious pancake breakfast for a special weekday or as a treat to welcome the weekend, homemade pancakes are a classic and favorite breakfast treat for many. No matter what approach you use to whip together the perfect pancakes – whether it's pancakes from scratch or using Aunt Jemima pancake mix – light and fluffy stacks are the ideal standard. With one secret ingredient and a little technique, make perfect fluffy pancakes every time.

What Makes Light and Fluffy Pancakes?

When extra baking powder and whipped egg whites are folded into pancakes, there is a significant increase in batter volume. The ingredients also cause the pancakes to rise much higher to make incredibly fluffy pancakes.

The extra air added to the egg whites will help make the stacks light and fluffy, while it is the baking powder that triggers the added height. Rather than seeing air bubbles rise through the pancakes and burst at the surface, the bubbles will stay inside the pancakes and lift the batter that yields the texture you desire in your pancakes.

Fluffy Homemade Pancake Recipe

Total Time: 20 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 8 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose white flour, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups whole milk, room temperature

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 4 large egg whites

Directions:

  1. Using a flour sift, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.

  2. In a separate, medium mixing bowl, mix together the milk, butter and egg yolks.

  3. In another medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks that hold their shape.

  4. Using a rubber spatula, pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir together until well combined without any pockets of dry mixture remaining.

  5. Add the egg whites, starting with just one half of the whites. Gently fold in by dragging the spatula through the middle of the bowl, dividing the mixture in halves and then folding over onto itself. Once the first part is incorporated, add the remaining egg whites and follow the same process to fold them in well.

  6. Once well combined, use a dry measuring cup to scoop up 3/4 cup of pancake mixture to pour into a greased 8-inch pan on medium-low heat.

  7. Cover the pancake with a lid until it is completely cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  8. Flip the pancake onto a plate and repeat until the remaining batter is used.

  9. Serve hot with any toppings you may like, such as maple syrup or butter.

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes From a Mix

Total Time: 20 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 8 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 large egg whites

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, whole milk and egg yolks.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whip the egg whites into medium peaks.

  3. Using a rubber spatula, rake 1/3 of the aerated egg whites into the pancake mixture.

  4. Gently fold them in by cutting the mixture in half with the spatula and then folding the mixture over on itself.

  5. Once completely combined, add the remaining egg whites and continue to fold in well.

  6. Use a measuring cup to add 1/2 cup of pancake batter at a time to a hot griddle on medium heat or an 8-inch skillet on medium heat.

  7. After cooking all of the pancake batter, serve hot topped with butter, maple syrup or whipped cream.

Tip

These pancakes are a cinch to pull together thanks to the pancake mix, but the whipped egg whites are what take these to the next level. If you are adding mix-ins like chocolate chips or blueberries, toss them in a bit of sugar to keep them from sinking into or weighing down the batter.

About the Author

Molly Harris

Molly is a freelance journalist and social media consultant. In addition to Leaf.tv, Molly has written for Teen Vogue and Paste magazine. She is the former assistant editor of the Design and Style section of Paste magazine. View her work at www.mmollyharris.com.