Easy Pancakes and Waffles from Scratch


I have been searching for some time for a simple waffle recipe. Everything I found had too many steps or used egg whites that had been whipped and then folded into the batter. Who wants complicated early in the morning when you are trying to get breakfast on the table? Then this morning I had an epiphany, why couldn’t I use my pancake recipe and just add a tad bit more oil? After all that exactly what the package mixes have you do. So, I set out to experiment with my recipe and got lucky with the first batch. Here is what the final product looked like. I had some waffles left over so I tried freezing them. I just took one out of the freezer, popped it into the toaster and let me tell you it came out as good as fresh made. I’ll include the freezing directions at the end of the recipe.

Easy Pancakes and Waffles from Scratch

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2ย  teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons cooking oil (4 tablespoons for waffles)

In a large bowl whisk together the egg, oil and milk. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until well moistened, if over mixed finished product will be tough.

Heat an oiled griddle or skillet over medium high heat. Test griddle by dropping a drop of water on griddle or skillet, water will sizzle and pop off of skillet if temperature is right. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle. Let set until the top looks dry and bubbled. Turn and allow other side to brown.

Since waffle irons are different, follow manufacturers directions for heating. Spray grids with cooking spray and then fill with a little more than 1/3 cup but less than 1/2 cup of batter (here again waffle irons vary, you may need to experiment to see what works for your waffle iron). Lift lid of waffle iron and check brownness after about 3 minutes; let waffle continue to cook until desired brownness.

Yields 8 four inch pancakes or 6 waffle squares

Freezing directions for waffles: Place on wire rack and let cool completely. Once completely cooled, put in freezer bag and freeze. To reheat, place in toaster and toast. You will probably have to toast longer than toast since it will be frozen.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jerad Kaliher
    Jan 12, 2008 @ 22:14:48

    Great one, I’m going to have to give this a try tomorrow. If only I had someone to make them for me and surprise me in bed, though!

    Oh well, I guess you can’t have it all.


  2. Michelle Ellis
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 15:09:49

    Thank you so much for the waffle recipe. I made them this morning and they are great! I could not believe how hard it was to find what I thought should have been a basic recipe, but it really was! Thanks for the great recipe!


  3. Gia Warner
    Dec 09, 2008 @ 11:51:02

    Just made this recipe and it came out great! Thanks!


  4. jennifer parmley
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 11:27:56

    I just got done making these waffles with my 5yr old neice and it was so easy and she loved watching the waffles grow in the waffle iron she couldnt wait till it was done she had the the 1st one.


  5. danette
    May 16, 2009 @ 11:44:17

    I made the waffles this morning. My family enjoyed them. Thank you.

    Hugs, Danette


  6. Katie S.
    Jul 23, 2009 @ 06:51:20

    Maybe I did something wrong, but with 1 tsp of salt the waffles were WAY too salty. I tried it again with 1/2 tsp of salt, and they were much better. Other than that, they were great!


  7. Joy
    Dec 14, 2009 @ 10:05:39

    This recipe is better than Bisquick or Aunt Jemima anyday…I added some cinammon and vanilla extract…EXCELLENT! Thanks!


  8. Paul
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 07:56:43

    I’ve been making this recipe for my family every Saturday for the past couple of months. They love it! Thanks.


  9. Julie
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 09:40:46

    These are wonderful! This recipe is great even on school mornings. I just made them on a Monday morning. The easiest recipe I have found that still tastes great. My family gobbled them down.


  10. Reyna
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 07:49:13

    The waffles from this recipe are fantastic! Super light and fluffy but golden and crispy on the outside. I added a bit of lemon extract and some ginger. I’m going to freeze the leftovers now.


  11. Charlotte
    Apr 16, 2010 @ 15:07:12

    Is this a good recipe we have tried 4 diffrent recipes and all of them have been crap. Thanks


  12. shavina
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 09:51:48

    Dude,thank you so much. This saved me so much time.


  13. Martha
    Jun 26, 2010 @ 10:00:18

    I have been looking for a good homemade waffle recipe and the search is over!!!
    Thank you for sharing.


  14. Basia
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 13:57:12

    Thank you for this recipe. It worked well for waffles. I used pastry flour ( less gluten).


  15. jewell
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 20:45:55

    did not want to waste money for the partly made stuff , but i wanted to make a waffle for me and my boyfriend. you saved me like 3 bucks and i had all the stuff here … my hero lol thanks


  16. scott
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 10:02:01

    Thank you i was just going through a whole lot of complecated recipes for waffles and finally saw your website and completely agree to what you said


  17. Helen
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 07:13:13

    This recipe looks great. I am going to try it this morning.



  18. Billibob from the old country
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 18:40:56

    good dis recipe be. I feel like goat. Tank you.


  19. Eve
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 09:42:19

    Just made these awesome pancakes!!! Thank you so much! They were so easy to make and so delicious. I’d never made pancakes from scratch before. These will definitley become one of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. thatdarnmamakat
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:06:31

    I found your page for the biscuit recipe, which were so delicious. When I decided this morning I wanted to make pancake, I immediately came to your site, figuring you’d have a recipe. They were so easy to make and the family loves them. Thank you for another great recipe!


  21. allan's butterbean
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 14:10:42

    Love your recipe fo waffles. I did tweak it a bit to suit my family’s taste. But not much. I doubled the ingredients and except for sugar. I added 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg, 1 tbsp. of vanilla, 1 tbsp of cinnamon and used th amount of milk plus the same amount of water. Thank you for this recipe. it worked great for us. And in my brand of waffle iron 4 minutes worked perfectly.


  22. allan's butterbean
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 14:12:22

    Oh yeah the sugar I added 1/4 of cup too. Thanks again. This is going in my recipe file as a keeper.


  23. Geniene
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:50:04

    Didn’t have any Bisquick and really wanted pancakes so I googled “pancakes from scratch” and found this. Thank you! Easy and yummy!


  24. I
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 11:21:23

    These were great waffles and pancakes and simple to make for the kids! I had fun making them and i also added some vanilla extract and they still tasted great! I have left overs and I am going to freeze them and mabye eat them tommorow for breakfast. They were also very filling! I would recommend these for when you have a big family because they are fast and easy to make! I would also recommend writing down the recipe and saving it in your cabinet so you can make them again! ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. I love Justin Bieber!
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 11:23:55

    They were yummmy! lol


  26. Barbara-Jean
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 09:35:16

    I’m just about to make these waffles. By the sounds of it, from other comments, this should be a hit. I’ll be adding blueberries to my batch. Thanks very much for sharing your recipe. I’ll let you know how they turned out, that is if I remember to. Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. hfvhgf
    May 13, 2012 @ 09:32:01

    Never made a waffle in my life but decided to try it for my wife on mothers day morning. They came out perfect! Sometimes I even surprise myself. Ha. Thanks for the recipe.


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