Dad Skills: Pancakes

Every dad should be able to flex his culinary muscle to feed his hungry family. A fan favorite at any age… PANCAKES! It’s an absolute required dad skill to be able to make pancakes. Below is a basic recipe (adjusted for high altitudes) for making great pancakes from scratch. Be a breakfast hero (or a dinner hero – breakfast for dinner is a favorite in my household).


Note: serves 2 people (4 pancakes). Double the ingredients to serve 4 people.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or buttermilk)


  1. Preheat a skillet (medium to high) or a griddle to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  3. In a different bowl, beat the egg. Now add the milk and oil to your egg, and mix.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture together and stir until smooth (or at least mostly smooth – you don’t want to over stir; leave a few lumps).
  5. Melt the button on the pan/griddle (or you can use cooking spray if you prefer).
  6. Pour the batter onto the hot pan/griddle. Cook until bubbles form on the top and the edges are golden brown and appear to be dried up a bit (approx 2 minutes). Flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Advanced options once you master the basics:
    1. Add chocolate chips to your mixture
    2. Fold blueberries to your mixture (slowly, so you don’t break/smash them)
    3. Add lemon juice  and zest to your mixture

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