Breakfast, NewestMalia Howe

Mom's Pancakes

Breakfast, NewestMalia Howe
Mom's Pancakes

While we were at my parents' over New Year's weekend, my mom made us pancakes. Now, this isn't unusual--she made us pancakes and waffles and french toast and all that jazz all the time growing up. In recent months, however, my dad (who is a true pancake man) would randomly mention these pancakes my mom started making him. I believe his words on the phone (on more than one occasion) were, "Your mom has really got this pancake thing right". He loves these pancakes so much he specifically asked my mom to make them for all of us while we were home. So she did. I admit, I almost declined that morning--it was January 2nd and I was preparing to pack up my crew and leave after a long stretch of gluttonous food and drink, and didn't think I had another big meal in me. But man, I am so glad I partook. These pancakes really are special. They are fluffy and have a pronounced vanilla flavor, and are far better than any regular pancake I've had in any restaurant. And, according to my mom, the batter keeps fine overnight. I wouldn't know about this because my children just devoured an entire recipe in a no-snow-yet-snow-day celebration. Mom suggested I double it and I didn't....aren't you supposed to always listen to your mom? Don't tell my girls I didn't listen to mine! 


Mom's Pancakes

-she tweaked these from

3/4 c. milk

2T white vinegar

1 c. flour

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

2 T sugar

1 egg

1 t. vanilla

2 T butter, melted

In small bowl, mix milk and white vinegar. Let stand 10 minutes, then whisk in vanilla, melted butter, and egg until smooth. 

Meanwhile, whisk dry ingredients together in a larger bowl. Add milk mixture and whisk until most lumps are removed, but don't over beat. Let finished batter stand 10 minutes. Do not stir batter again before scooping out into a hot buttered skillet. I am not a skilled pancake flipper, so I prefer to keep my pancakes on the small side (1/4 c. batter). Do what you will. Cook on low until bubbles form, then flip and cook another minute or so until done.