Personalized Pancakes

Recipe by PJ Hamel

What's your favorite pancake house pancake? Chocolate chip? Butter-pecan? Strawberry-banana? How about "plain" blueberry? Pancakes are a wonderful launching pad for favorite your breakfast fantasies. It's easy to make a basic batter, then either stir in your favorite enhancements or sprinkle them on top as the cakes bake. We particularly love diced crystallized ginger; toasted coconut; and chips of all flavors (cinnamon, chocolate, cappuccino...)

15 mins
36 mins
eight 4" pancakes or 14 smaller (3") cakes
Personalized Pancakes - select to zoom
Personalized Pancakes - select to zoom
Personalized Pancakes - select to zoom


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  1. Whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil or melted butter, and vanilla.

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients, and add to the liquid ingredients, whisking briefly to combine. A few lumps are OK.

  3. Choose your add-ins: chocolate or flavored chips, dried fruit, fresh berries, diced apples, nuts, toasted coconut, crystallized ginger, or...? To make all one type of pancake, simply stir the add-ins into the batter. Or divide the batter in half, and make two types of pancakes. For a larger variety of pancakes, leave the batter plain; you'll sprinkle on the add-ins as the pancakes cook. 

  4. Set the batter aside to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes, while you preheat your electric griddle to 350°F. Or preheat a frying pan over medium heat.

  5. Lightly grease the griddle, and ladle on about 2 tablespoons for 2 1/2" to 3" pancakes, or 1/4 cup for 4" to 4 1/2" pancakes. A tablespoon scoop or muffin scoop, respectively, work well here.

  6. If the pancakes don't spread well, due to the add-ins, simply use the back of a spoon to spread them to the desired diameter. If you haven't stirred the add-ins into the batter, now's the time: sprinkle the top of each pancake with your desired chips, nuts, fruit, etc.

  7. Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute, 15 seconds per side, or until they're a light golden brown on both sides.

  8. Serve the pancakes warm, with syrup or confectioners' sugar.

Tips from our Bakers

  • You may think this is a rather small recipe — only 3/4 cup (90g) of flour? — but it's perfect for a couple or several kids. (Plus the recipe easily doubles!)