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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

Perfect Diner Pancakes

Yield: 8-10 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 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


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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

posted in Breakfast
last updated February 4, 2014

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45 Responses to “Perfect “Diner” Pancakes”

  1. Samanthaposted June 30, 2011 at 6:35 am

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


  2. Parsley Sageposted June 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Plan a Caribbean weekend next, please :)

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


  3. Priya Sreeramposted June 30, 2011 at 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


  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Dessertsposted June 30, 2011 at 8:22 am

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


  5. carolinaheartstringsposted June 30, 2011 at 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.


  6. Nisrine M..posted June 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

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


  7. Kristenposted June 30, 2011 at 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.


  8. veronica gantleyposted June 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

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


  9. Hester Casey - Alchemyposted June 30, 2011 at 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.


  10. kankanaposted June 30, 2011 at 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.


  11. Chef Dennisposted June 30, 2011 at 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!


  12. Devaki@weavethousandflavorsposted June 30, 2011 at 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


  13. Lindaposted June 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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


  14. Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsposted June 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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


  15. Valerieposted June 30, 2011 at 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!


  16. Maris (In Good taste)posted June 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    These really do look perfect!


  17. Charissaposted June 30, 2011 at 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!


  18. Terris-FreeEatsposted June 30, 2011 at 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!


  19. Lizposted June 30, 2011 at 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 :(


  20. Jerryposted June 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful fluffy pancakes. Thanks for posting this :)


  21. marlaposted June 30, 2011 at 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 :)


  22. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 30, 2011 at 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!


  23. elle marieposted July 1, 2011 at 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.


  24. Angie's Recipesposted July 1, 2011 at 2:52 am

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


  25. Tiffanyposted July 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

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


  26. Dmarieposted July 1, 2011 at 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.)


  27. SMITH BITESposted July 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

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


  28. Sanjeeta kkposted July 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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


  29. Fizaposted July 2, 2011 at 5:37 am

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


  30. Aimeeposted July 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

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


  31. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted July 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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


  32. Fresh and Foodieposted July 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    These look wonderful!


  33. Jennifer @ Jane Deereposted July 7, 2011 at 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!


  34. Kitaposted July 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Malted milk powder… mmm.


  35. Karilucci36posted July 12, 2011 at 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?


  36. Steph Cruzposted August 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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


  37. RisaGposted September 27, 2011 at 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.


  38. sofiaposted August 16, 2012 at 5:43 am

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


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  40. Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Findsposted November 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    These were so fluffy. Thanks for sharing the secret.


  41. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted February 18, 2014 at 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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