10 best pancake recipes

Try Blueberry Buttermilk, Pumpkin-Ginger, and more. Plus: learn to flip like a pro

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

James Carrier

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

These Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes have people waiting in line at Marston's Restaurant, Pasadena.

For consistency, cooks at Marston's, prefer canned Maine blueberries in syrup; we like fresh blueberries in their batter too. Serve these pancakes with butter and warm maple syrup.

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Oatmeal-Raspberry Pancakes with Berry Coulis

James Carrier

Oatmeal-Raspberry Pancakes with Berry Coulis

Cooks at La Note in Berkeley, California, swirl a little of the jamlike coulis on top of the pancakes. You can make the coulis up to 1 week ahead; chill airtight. Also offer butter and syrup with the pancakes.

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Cinnamon-Hazelnut Pancakes

James Carrier

Cinnamon-Hazelnut Pancakes

Chefs at the Coastal Kitchen in Seattle, Washington, serve these chunky pancakes simply, with butter and maple syrup.

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Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

James Carrier

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

This is our adaptation of Crest Cafe's (San Diego, California) lemon-ricotta pancakes, which are served with fresh strawberries and bananas. Top the bananas with a sprinkling of grated lemon peel and offer warm maple syrup to drizzle over the fruit and cakes.

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Strawberry Pancake Roll-ups

James Carrier

Strawberry Pancake Roll-ups

This is our version of a popular spring breakfast special at the Buffalo Cafe in Whitefish, Montana.

Thin and tender, the pancakes are rolled around a strawberry pink filling. You can make the strawberry sauce and cream cheese mixture (steps 1 and 2) up to 2 days ahead; cover separately and chill.

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Pumpkin-Ginger Pancakes with Ginger Butter

Leigh Beisch

Pumpkin-Ginger Pancakes with Ginger Butter

Pumpkin purée gives these lightly spiced pancakes their custardy texture and golden color.

Our pancakes are standard-size, but Margaret Fox makes them silver dollar-size, which she says makes them easier to flip.

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5 Spot Banana Pancakes

James Carrier

5 Spot Banana Pancakes

If desired, sprinkle about 1 teaspoon chopped pecans on each pancake after adding banana slices. Serve pancakes with butter and warm maple syrup or a dusting of cinnamon-sugar.

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Spice Pancakes

James Carrier

Spice Pancakes with Fresh Lemon Sauce

Subtle spices and a tart lemon sauce distinguish these tender pancakes by Cathi Fowler (Honor Mansion; 800/554-4667).

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Noel Barnhurst

Hazelnut-Cornmeal Pancakes

Serve topped with butter, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

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Make the perfect pancake

James Carrier

How to make the perfect pancake

In many ways, making pancakes couldn't be simpler – at their most basic level, they consist only of flour, leavening, eggs, liquid (most often in the form of milk or buttermilk), and sometimes melted butter or oil.

But there are a few simple techniques that ensure turning out a perfect pancake every time.

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