Perfect “Diner” Pancakes

Perfect Diner Pancakes

Why do Diner Pancakes taste better than those floppy disks you make at home? You KNOW you’ve secretly wondered this at some point in your life.

If you’ve just gotta know the mysteries of perfect diner pancakes, come by and visit me at Babble’s Family Kitchen today, where I’m guest posting for my friend Angie from Eclectic Recipes.

Malt Pancakes

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Yield: 8-10 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Perfect Diner Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup malted milk powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 3 Tb. melted butter

Directions:

1. Heat the griddle (or non-stick skillet) to medium-high.

2. In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.

3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the milk, egg, and vanilla until frothy.

4. Add the milk mixture to the dry mix and whisk until smooth. Finally, whisk in the melted butter. Allow the pancake batter to rest for 3-5 minutes to thicken.

5. Start by making one pancake as a test-batch to ensure your heat in accurate.

6. Use a 1/4 -1/3 cup scoop to ladle the batter onto a buttered griddle. Cook for 1-3 minutes per side. Flip when small bubbles rise to the top of the batter.

Tip: If your batter thickens too much, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to thin it just enough to pour.

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42 Responses to “Perfect “Diner” Pancakes”

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    Samantha — June 30, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    I wish I could make it to Asheville, have a great time!

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    Parsley Sage — June 30, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Plan a Caribbean weekend next, please :)

    Heading over to Angie’s site to see your awesome recipe!

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    Priya Sreeram — June 30, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    wow- jst came back from angie’s for the fluffy pancakes and the secret ingredient- gotta try this recipe with malted powder;good one sommers

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 30, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    These look amazing! I am going to check it out now! The festival sounds like so much fun!

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    carolinaheartstrings — June 30, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Oh I wish I could be there. We will be in Florida on a family vacation. Boo hoo. These pancakes look so yummy. I love breakfast for dinner! Come over and visit us today. We have a wonderful chilled cantaloupe soup and comment on the post and the Fairy Hobmother may pay you a visit.

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    Nisrine M.. — June 30, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Your pancakes look incredible, Sommer.
    Have fun at the festival!

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    Kristen — June 30, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    That event sounds like so much fun. I am thrilled to be moving to the East coast this summer….maybe next year I can actually make it to some of these fun galas.

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    veronica gantley — June 30, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    I love your pictures and the pancake recipe. Keep them coming.

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    Hester Casey - Alchemy — June 30, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Wow Sommer, what great photographs! Yes, I’m intrigued to know that “secret ingredient”. I am off to BFK to find out.

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    kankana — June 30, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I love pancakes and sure to enjoy dinner’s one much more. I am saving this to give a try :) Thanks for sharing Sommer.

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    Chef Dennis — June 30, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    oh those pancakes do look delicious! And what a nice presentation with the Festival!
    I can’t wait to see all our friends down there!

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    Devaki@weavethousandflavors — June 30, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Your pancakes are awesome! Love the malted milk powder – who’d have thunk that? Perfect timing with the long holiday weekend coming along. Happy 4th dear! And let me see what I can do about the Asheville trip :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    Linda — June 30, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Your photos are so gorgeous and I can’t wait to purchase some malted powder to try it out!!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — June 30, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    The festival sounds like so much fun! Wish I could be there.

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    Valerie — June 30, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Now that i see strawberries i have to tell you it was hard for me to find some! Your smoothie is my favourite one! And i won’t stop there, i have to make many other recipes of yours!

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    Maris (In Good taste) — June 30, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    These really do look perfect!

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    Charissa — June 30, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    I just put up a post about pancakes…haha, great minds think alike! I have to say, pancakes are my favorite food ever and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    Terris-FreeEats — June 30, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    These are lovely pancakes and the photography is really stunning. Happy to have found your blog through my inbox at Food Buzz! Going to buzz you now!

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    Liz — June 30, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Oh, your pancakes look spectacular!!! Off to check out the recipe :)

    PS…I’m trying figure out if I could get to Asheville that week…I would love to meet some foodie friends. Tough with high school starting that week :(

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    Jerry — June 30, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Beautiful fluffy pancakes. Thanks for posting this :)

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    marla — June 30, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    At first I thought I read “dinner” pancakes and I got all excited. Well I am still excited anyway. We could eat these beauties any time at all :)

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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 30, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    I thought the same as Maria, dinner pancakes, and I was thinking it’s good that I’m not the only one who serves pancakes for supper! Now I got to see this secret!

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    elle marie — July 1, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    Pancakes is one of those foods that you could eat anytime, like cereal, oh gosh how I’d love to dig into some pancakes right now.

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    Angie's Recipes — July 1, 2011 @ 2:52 am

    We had pancakes for dinner yesterday too. Those you made look so light and delish!

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    Tiffany — July 1, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    I’ve got to know what this secret ingredient is!… heading over right now!

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    Dmarie — July 1, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I know I’ll be missing out on something BIG, since I can’t make it to Asheville anytime soon. but maybe making these pancakes will be my consolation prize! (and thanks, Spicy, I’ll make the jump to your guest post too.)

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    SMITH BITES — July 1, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    seriously, soooooo tempting – am about an 8hr drive . . . GORGEOUS pancakes, btw!!!

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    Sanjeeta kk — July 1, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    Pancakes for dinner!! Love the idea and the delightful recipe, Sommer.

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    Fiza — July 2, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    i wish i could make it as well… very nice recipe … i must try to make it thanks for posting…

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    Aimee — July 2, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I clicked through – I’m stoked – the special ingredients are going on the shopping list…!

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — July 2, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    We love pancake for dinner! Glad to see other people share in our dirty little secret!

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    Fresh and Foodie — July 5, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    These look wonderful!

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    Jennifer @ Jane Deere — July 7, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Sommer! Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food…along with as much bacon as I can stuff into my face…I confess…I’m a pork-o-holic too! I bookmarked this recipe…I can’t wait to try it!

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    Kita — July 8, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Malted milk powder… mmm.

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    Karilucci36 — July 12, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    I HAD to try these and I wasn’t disappointed! These were sooo yummy. Great idea- who would’ve thought malted milk would be such a great addition?

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    Steph Cruz — August 21, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    I thought I was the only one who was thinking this? Thank you for this recipe.

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    RisaG — September 27, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    I am always looking for the perfect pancake recipe. I think I just found it! I have malted milk powder in the house. A great use for it. I will try these and let you know what happens. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    sofia — August 16, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Pancakes are good for desserts after a having a heavy lunch specially in hot summers

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    Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds — November 9, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    These were so fluffy. Thanks for sharing the secret.

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — February 18, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    It’s my first time on your site. You appear to have many pancake recipes. Thus I think you are wonderful. Laughing here. AND I have asked myself why restaurant pancakes taste different. Not necessarily better, but consistently delicious and they are firmer. So I am going to give this a whirl.

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