Self-Rising Light and Fluffy Pancakes

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Yield: 8 to 10 medium pancakes

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These quick and delicious homemade pancakes are made with convenient self-rising flour.

Self-Rising Light and Fluffy Pancakes

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Yield: 8 to 10 medium pancakes
Published: 04/30/2012


  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt; or 3/4 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter

Tips from our bakers

  • For thinner pancakes, whisk in additional milk or water.
  • Don't have self-rising flour? Try our recipe for Simply Perfect Pancakes using all-purpose flour.


1) Whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and oil or melted butter until foamy. Add to the flour mixture and mix until blended; leaving a few small lumps is OK.

3) Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes, while your griddle or frying pan heats up. Heat to medium high (375°F to 400°F), until a drop of water dribbled onto the surface bounces across it. Brush lightly with vegetable oil, or spray with non-stick baking spray.

4) For each pancake, drop 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface. Flip the pancakes over once bubbles have risen to the surface, and cook the second side until golden brown. Serve hot.

Yield: 8 to 10 medium pancakes.


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  • star rating 04/04/2015
  • Dawn from woodbridge, nj
  • Easy to prepare and best pancakes I ever made even the kids said wow these pancakes are really good
  • star rating 03/21/2015
  • StrictTime from DFWTX
  • I will make these again, but add a little salt to the batter. They were quite bland without it.

    To boost the flavor of these pancakes, try adding 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. It will help to make these pancakes shine! You may also be interested in checking out our recipe for Self-Rising Lemon-Blueberry pancakes if you are looking for a pancake that is more than just a vehicle for maple syrup. Happy pancake baking! --Kye@KAF

  • 03/13/2015
  • Donna Lann from Haleyville, Alabama
  • THE BEST pancake recipe. Period!!! I will never purchase pancake mix ever again! Love, Love this!
  • star rating 02/21/2015
  • Patricia from Lima Ohio
  • The best recipe ever, light,fluffy delicious. I added vanilla and almond essence. I also used yogurt with a little milk..and also blueberries. This is my go to recipe. Better than any restaurant.
  • star rating 01/27/2015
  • cwolfpack3 from KAF Community
  • Followed directions as stated, only difference was to add 1/2 cup jammy blueberry bits, and they were perfect. I would like to see some directions on how to vary the amounts if using yogurt vs. buttermilk. I had some good Cabot's Vanilla Greek on hand and would've liked to have used it to up the protein count, but was afraid it'd be too thick.
  • star rating 01/04/2015
  • Rivki from NJ
  • This is our new go-to pancake recipe! It's easy and makes tasty, fluffy pancakes. A new favorite!
  • star rating 01/04/2015
  • Jessica from Tampa, FL
  • I love this enough for making just before school! I have substituted coconut sugar and coconut oil and added flax for healthier options in my family. Adding chopped bananas gives it a tropical flavor.
  • star rating 01/03/2015
  • Rachel from KY
  • star rating 12/29/2014
  • from ky
  • Best easiest pancakes ever
  • star rating 12/28/2014
  • Meg from Texas
  • After trying many pancake recipes, this one was the winner! It has a great texture that is light but substantial, so it holds up well to add ins and toppings. I punched up the flavor by substituting maple sugar for the sugar and adding vanilla extract and nutmeg. I did find that the buttermilk substitute (milk mixed with vinegar) worked better for me than straight buttermilk. When I used the buttermilk I found I had to add a lot more than the recipe calls for to make the batter the right consistency, which in turn made the pancakes a little gummy. Overall this is a delicious and reliable recipe, and has become my family's favorite weekend breakfast treat!
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