You can make light and fluffy pancakes using any recipe and even using a pancake mix. All you need are one or two extra ingredients you probably already have on hand and your griddle. Once you learn the basics of making light and fluffy pancakes, your breakfast treats will turn out perfectly every time. Be sure you have plenty of pancake batter as your light and fluffy pancakes will have your family and friends asking for more.

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Make your pancake batter according to your recipe or the instructions on the box. Be careful not to add too much water or milk. If the batter is runny your pancakes won’t be fluffy. The batter should fall in a dollop from the spoon, not drip off of it. Start by adding less liquid than the recipe calls for and add small amounts until the right thickness is achieved.

Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract per batch of pancake batter. The vanilla adds just a hint of extra flavor to the pancakes.

Add 1 teaspoon of sugar per batch of batter. This will make the pancakes lighter and fluffier.

Let the pancake batter rest after all the ingredients are mixed together. Leave the batter in the bowl untouched for about 5 minutes. This allows air to build within the batter. This step is essential in making light and fluffy pancakes. Once your batter has rested, do not stir it again.

Heat your griddle over medium-low to medium heat. Make sure it is well greased. Your griddle is ready to cook on when water “dances” on it. To do this, wet your hand and flick some drops on the griddle. If the water “dances” the griddle is ready.

Flip your pancakes once only. When the edges appear to be dry and bubbles form and break open on the surface, it is time to flip. If the cooked side is too brown by then, turn down the heat. Serve the pancakes hot off the griddle.


  • Use a carbonated beverage like soda water or ginger ale instead of the liquid called for in your recipe. The carbonation will make your pancakes fluffy.

References and Resources

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