my great grandma’s pancakes

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Last week I shared this picture, and you asked for the recipe:
7.11random-10So here you go….the tricky part is the flour. if you don’t have buttermilk you can make a substitution (1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let stand 5 minutes.)

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So the trick to this recipe is the flour. I am guessing it is about 1 and half cups of flour, but really you add a cup and then slowly add more until it is drippy, but not watery. The thicker your batter, the thicker your pancakes. I like thin pancakes, but not so thin that when I pour the batter on the griddle it goes everywhere. Can you tell I am a cook with those terms? Gotta be honest, it is laughable that I am posting anything cooking related on my blog!


My dad uses an old honey container for his batter. I got this bottle in the cake decorating section of a craft store. I cut the top to make it a bigger opening. This is the best way to make pancakes…you can do all sorts of things!

Whatever batter hits the griddle first is going to cook the longest…and get the darkest. So, I draw an outline and let it cook a few seconds before filling in the rest. Don’t forget if you do words you have to “mirror” the image so it flips over correctly.

We love ‘BabyCakes”….perfectly bite sized!

My dad taught me how to eat mine. A stack of thin pancakes, a little butter between each layer, cut out the middle and fill it with syrup. Nice.

So there you go…perfect for a lazy Saturday morning!

Recipe card template is a free download from Julianna Smith (look under “free for you” on the right column of her blog)

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  • Raechel Myers - Definitely making pancakes this morning. (though I’ll confess, they’ll probably be the Bisquick shake and pour kind for today!).

    Love the squeeze bottle idea – so fun to get to make your own shapes.

    Thanks for sharing. You are always a fun inspiration!

  • Shauna - Looks delicious. Love the idea of cutting the hole in the middle for syrup. My boys would love that.

  • Mirys from Brazil - Yumiiiiiiii
    I´d love to try it!
    Here in Brazil we don´t usually eat pancakes… what a shame…

    Kisses and blessings.

  • Molly - thank you so much for sharing! we are pancake eaters at our house… I love the idea of using the bottle….so fun!

  • Leigh Ann - Thanks for giving us a peek into your morning! That superman looks exactly like a pterodactyl to me.

  • cailan - These are quite impressive. Never would have thought to use a honey container – brilliant!

  • Anna Joy - I’ve decided to make pancakes for dinner tonight! YUM!

  • Amy R - Thanks for the recipe~ We’ve been making pancakes from scratch for years using the recipe in Fanny Farmer. Will definitely give this one a try. BTW, I can’t access the recipe card to print. It takes me to Flickr and says I can’t view the photo. Hmmmmm

  • rutheah - YUM! those are making me hungry…and i’ve already eaten breakfast. 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!

  • Katie Sellers - Love the idea of using the squeeze bottle–we can move beyond mickey mouse pancakes into a whole new realm of pancake design.

  • Amanda - Yum! I can’t wait to make these for my family. Pancakes are a real treat!
    thank you for sharing

  • allison wist - Thank you! We are a pancake lovin family! We call using Bisquick “from scratch!”

  • kiley - Every time I read your posts and see your pictures I think you must be THE. CUTEST. PERSON. in the world. But, in a totally grown-up way, of course ;o) !!! I want eat mini pancakes on a polka dotted plate with you…can I be one of your kids?!

  • Jeannette - Yum!

  • Jessica P - I should not have read this before breakfast. Looks mouth-watering delicious…and puts the bowl of cereal I’m about to pour to shame!

  • Lisa Pummel - Oh my gosh, I love pancakes! I guess I need a griddle now…

  • Julia's Bookbag - The syrup-in-the-middle trick is GENIUS! Going to try this weekend with blueberry pancakes! ~Melissa

  • Emily - we have our cooking olive oil in one of those squeezy things – I’ve never thought to put pancake batter in one! Genius. You are a genius.

  • Laurie J - my hubby is the pancake maker in this house but I think you just inspired me! <3

  • Tammy - YUM-A-LICIOUS!!! is it wrong that i’m drooling right now??

  • lindsey - can’t wait to make these! We LOVE pancakes in our house! Let me know if you have a good French Toast recipe as well!

  • Marykay - That is awesome! I love the idea of using the bottle… im gonna do this!

  • Devon - I am not one of those people that reads blogs and thinks that the blogger is perfect (even though it may seem like it). I know that, of course, you aren’t going to photograph your dirty potty or write about a tif you had with your beloved, but….I am beginning to wonder about you. Everything you do is soooo adorable and shall I say…perfect. You are an endless treasure trove of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your creativity and even more importantly, thank you for treasuring your loved ones the way that you do!

  • Emily Langston - I make a bunch of my buttermilk pancakes and freeze them for quick -good breakfasts! I think I’m going to the store for one of those squeeze bottles for them though!

  • amber - We do baby cakes too:)! My kids think that’s how they’re supposed to be…these look super yummy. We’re a pancake family! We’ll have to give them a try…

  • Amy F {Coupon Tipster} - These look yummy! I love thin pancakes too. It’s what I grew up on. I love the squeeze bottle idea. It must keep the kitchen cleaner than my measuring cup method. I recently took my grandmothers recipe and added banana and cinnamon. YUM! You can read about it at

  • Belinda Brown - Thankyou Ashley, we made the pancakes this morning, the boys competed over the biggest stack they could fit in! Yummy recipe. Your great grandmother would be proud that you are sharing her recipe with the world.

  • hearttypat - u made it sound so simple! I never had any luck cooking! tried making pancakes but they ended up look bubbly and uncooked at the same time… 🙁

  • amber - : ) your pancakes look “woodgrained”! mine look that way too sometimes and my kids LOVE IT! i get requests to make them look like a tree! : ) love your blog, God bless!

  • Erin @ she cooks, she gardens - Yum! It’s Saturday, I’m feeling lazy and was thinking to myself ‘I could do with some pancakes’. The first thing I saw when I logged into facebook was this recipe… Perfect. 🙂

  • Sarah - SOOOO thoughtful to use a bottle! Going to totally try this with my 5 and 3 yr. old!! You are a genius!

  • RaD - I love his lego superman… and also his tongue sticking out as he creates him!

  • michelle rodriguez - lotsa butter.
    hole in middle.
    drenched in syrup.

  • Kristina - These look delightful! Our family went gluten-free a couple months ago, so I’m curious to see if this recipe would work with a blend of gluten-free flours.

    Growing up, my family had a Saturday night pancake or waffle tradition, and to this day it doesn’t quite seem like Saturday without pancakes for supper. We always had thicker pancakes, but I love idea of using runnier batter in a honey bottle to create designs. I’m excited to try it out!

  • LOO - Pancakes are wonderful with strawberries and whipped cream. Or chocolate pudding over a pancake. I have a couple recipes you might like, and some old photo’s at my little blog, it’s very small: The Round Garden @blogspot. Also if you stack pancakes and treat them like a cake, they’re wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.

  • michelle rodriguez - We’ve had your “volcano” pancakes two days in a row now. It’s funny to watch how different my girls eat them. One uses the hole to dip pieces of each pancake the other just dives in and lets it drip out the sides. scrumptious!

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  • Laura Jo - I just tried this recipe out with a friend. Oh my goodness, these pancakes almost taste like crepes! They are so light and soft and fluffy and melted in my mouth. Yum!! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Laura - How sweet and fun is this?? I love the “hi” written in pancake. Wouldn’t have ever thought of that. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Cheryl Votaw - I can’t wait to pass this on to my daughter who is now on her own. Will
    surprise her with some of these adorable and yummy pancakes the next time she comes for a visit!

  • Kristen - Adore these pancakes and pictures! So fun!

  • Belinda Lattimore - We made these this morning….HUGE hit in my house. Thanks so muchxo

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