If you're looking to ditch the wheat, check out my gluten free pancake recipe.
There are two secrets to perfect cast iron griddle pancakes: 1) keep the heat low, and 2) make sure the griddle surface is shiny with oil every time you pour the batter.
I spent a few winters in Alaska about 60 miles from the nearest grocery store. We ate pancakes for 2-3 meals a day. They're cheap, tasty, and you can experiment with endless additions and variations.
This is a straight-up no chaser pancake recipe that very closely parallels most other from-scratch recipes I've seen. If you're after large pancakes, you can make the batter a little thinner so they spread on the griddle.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon table salt (not kosher)
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups milk
cast iron griddle (or skillet) on low to medium-low heat. While the griddle is warming (it will take 7-10 minutes to heat up), mix your dry ingredients together thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Once they are mixed, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients to hold the wet ones. Set the dry ingredients aside.
In another bowl, beat the egg, and then add the milk. Melt the butter in a small dish or saucepan.
Always start your cast iron cooking with a shiny pan. To make your cast iron griddle shiny, drop 15 or 20 drops of oil onto it, and then wipe the surface with a paper towel to spread the oil evenly. You'll know when the griddle is hot enough for pancakes when a drop of water tossed on the surface crackles and evaporates immediately.
Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the oiled griddle to make your pancakes. Give them enough room to they don't stick to each other. They'll probably cook 2-3 minutes on the first side. You can always check the undersides for color, and they will usually start to send bubbles to the surface when they are ready to flip.
If you're cooking for a crowd, hold the pancakes in the oven at 200 degrees F (or less, if you can). Place the pancakes directly on the oven rack—not in a dish (or they'll get soggy). In this case, you can pull them off the griddle a little earlier since the first few rounds will continue to cook some in the oven.