My Favorite Pancake Recipe


I’ve made pancakes since I was a little girl. I’ve tried different batter recipes and I’ve used various pancake mixes, but never been really pleased with any of them.

Pap made the best pancakes. I loved it when Granny used to call and say your daddy’s making pancakes why don’t you come and eat. I’m telling you I always went unless there was some major reason that I couldn’t 🙂

Several months ago I was looking for a new pancake recipe to try and found one that called for sour cream. I gave it a try and I’ve been using it ever since.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.

Mix rest of ingredients and until sour cream is blended and no longer lumpy. Add to flour mixture and stir till combined.

Add butter to a pan and fry pancakes.

The sour cream gives the pancakes a nice fluffy texture. I’ve halved the recipe and it still turns out great. I’ve also used self-rising flour in place of the all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt with good results.


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  • Reply
    Bill Powers
    May 29, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Great pancakes! We used your Dad’s recipe this morning

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    Ed Ammons
    May 20, 2021 at 1:19 am

    I’ve been trying to remember when I last had a pancake. My wife used to fix pancakes a lot. I was working 3rd shift and sometimes didn’t get home til 9 or 10 in the morning. All the breakfast leftovers were gone. When I got on 1st I was up and gone well before breakfast. When I retired Yvonne wasn’t making them anymore. She was in to frozen waffles, bagels and pancakes and I wouldn’t eat them. The last pancakes I can remember eating was at a restaurant in Pigeon Forge about 20 years ago. I did keep pancake syrup til Yvonne left us. I used the last of it to sweeten oatmeal and now I use the container for chain oil for my saw.

    PS: I did make some crepes one time. They are a kind of a pancake. I was wholly unimpressed!

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    Tom Tenbrunsel
    May 19, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Pap’s secret sauce was that dab of vanilla
    “Cooks make you feel happy” Alex

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    Tammye Ritter
    May 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Tipper! I’ve been watching for about 2 weeks and have watched everything you have on now, can’t get enough! Love the stories, recipes and the outdoor adventures. Your girls are so talented I know your very proud. I watched the video of the Arsh Potato Cake and to steal from the lady in a previous text who stole from Jerry Clower, it sure has flung a cravin on me. I look forward to it everyday, thanks so much, Tammye

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    May 19, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    My husband uses a recipe with sour cream to make pancakes and they are the best. He puts lots of blueberries in them and they are so good! The sour cream does make a light pancake.

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    May 19, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I will try this recipe. This is for Tipper and Don, why is it that even though you have the exact recipe for something someone makes it will not taste the same? My mother in law would make the best cream corn from either fresh or corn she had froze. I have ate it for dessert it was so good. She told my wife numerous times how she fixed it but it would never turn out like hers did

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    Catherine Spence
    May 19, 2021 at 10:46 am

    I’m going to try this the next time I make pancakes. Sometimes we have them for supper!

    My grandmother used to make buckwheat cakes; she used a sourdough starter and added the buckwheat flour, I think. Would anyone here have a similar recipe?

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    Alice Somich
    May 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Tipper, I just love you and your beautiful family!!we watch a lot of your videos on YouTube since TV gets old!! I will try your pancakes this weekend! Thanks for all your memories and keeping Appalachia traditions alive and fun!!!!

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    Osage Bluff Quilter
    May 19, 2021 at 10:05 am

    We starter a sour dough starter when the pandemic first hit. Our favorite breakfast now is sourdough waffles or pancakes. In fact that’s about the only thing I use the starter for. Occasionally I’ll do English muffins.

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    Sallie the apple doll lady
    May 19, 2021 at 9:16 am

    This sounds like a good recipe that’s worth a try. Thanks. I’ve always just used a simple one that I don’t really measure. It’s just proportioned basically – to one cup of self-rising flour, add one egg, about a tablespoon of cooking oil and about a cup of milk. Increase as needed. Buttermilk is better if I have some and sometimes I use both, especially if the buttermilk is thick. More milk may be needed to make the right consistency. I use a whisk to make it smooth and let sit a short while before pouring onto a greased skillet. I watch for bubbles to break and dry a little before flipping. I like mine a good golden brown. Then they are stacked and buttered. Leftovers are frozen and re-heated in the microwave oven. I’ve never liked the artificial taste of mixes and these are almost as fast as a mix. My grandsons ask for them often. I don’t remember my dad’s father but Daddy said his father always made pancakes on Sunday morning for his large family and every cake was somehow the same size. Of course that was on a wood burning stove.

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    Margie G ( old 4 eyes and needing 8!)
    May 19, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Pancakes with sour cream are really tasty. Another tasty addition of sour cream is mashed potatoes. Thanks for the recipe as well. I was thinking about getting a soap making kit, but since I jacked up a recipe only several days ago by adding too much liquid which I just misread, I seriously don’t think I should risk potential lye burns because I can’t see squat anymore…. lol maybe I can order it premade….. yikes!!!

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    May 19, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for sharing your favorite pancake recipe. Do you think it would be ok to replace flour with buckwheat flour?

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      May 19, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Dana-I tried that and it worked just fine 🙂

      • Reply
        May 19, 2021 at 10:12 am

        Thank you for the quick response

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    Don Tomlinson
    May 19, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Looks good. As Jerry Clower used to say it’s done flung a cravin’ on me.
    That being said, now you’ve got me wanting to know Pap’s recipe. Please share it too if there was one. I understand of course that it could be like my Dad’s biscuits. Even with his specific quantities and directions, they never come out like his.

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      May 19, 2021 at 9:08 am

      Don-thanks! I don’t have Pap’s recipe I sure wish I did! I think his recipe is like your dad’s biscuits and they were so good because he made them 🙂

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    Janet Smart
    May 19, 2021 at 7:27 am

    We love pancakes too. We have blueberry bushes in our yard and I always put them in bags and freeze them. We always have lots of blueberries, so I put them in our pancakes. I also put 1/2 cup of oats in them. I started doing this when my cholesterol got high and I was trying to make the pancakes healthier.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 19, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Those really look good! I can’t even remember the last time I made pancakes. I like them just don’t think if them any more like I did when I was younger. Those really look good in the picture.

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    Sheryl A Paul
    May 19, 2021 at 6:51 am

    I alsp love pancakes and have been unable to make them to duit me. Eill try this one for sure

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    May 19, 2021 at 6:37 am

    Replace milk with buttermilk,replace flour with whole wheat, add 1/2 to bakeing soda you will love it and it is better for u

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    May 19, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Tipper. Thank you for sharing your pancake recipe. I have been searching for a recipe, I was not satisfied with the recipe I have. Can I used buckwheat flour? I watched a video where you was making pancakes and I wanted to ask you to share your recipe. I did not want to be pesty

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      May 19, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Dana-I used the same recipe with buckwheat flour and they were still great 🙂

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