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Pancakes are one of the easiest and most versatile morning meals. Although usually served for breakfast, they make a balanced meal any time of day. Children love it when you switch it up and cook them for dinner. They're also inexpensive to make and will keep your engine running all day. Since pancakes usually contain white flour and are topped with lots of butter and sugary syrup, they're not often thought of as health food. But you don't have to make them only one way. Read on to find out how to make pancakes in many different tasty ways.

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1. Start With Basic Pancakes

Making basic pancakes requires a traditional recipe. But by the time you put them in your mouth, no two pancakes are alike. Everyone adds different toppings in different amounts - butter and maple syrup being the favorites. To make about eight servings of basic pancakes, follow this recipe:

Stir these ingredients together in a large bowl:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg

Mix these ingredients together and then stir them into the liquids. Don't overmix or your pancakes will be flat:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Heat a lightly-oiled pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto pan for each pancake. Flip to cook the other side when edges are brown.

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