Classic Dinner Pancakes

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That is not a typo.

That’s a delicious stack of seventeen pancakes topped with salted butter and sweet maple syrup. For DINNER.

Well, maybe it’s second dinner, because in my life there’s a personal rule that during the week of parent-teacher conferences you get to have two dinners.

Other Miscellaneous Personal Rules That I Have That You Should Know About:

  1. Wash hands at least 23x before eating. I.SEE.germs.
  2. Wash hair every other day. Best rule ever.
  3. Take long showers every other day. 2nd best rule ever.
  4. Always break cookies in half.
  5. Always eat multiple halves.
  6. Wear jeggings on Fridays.
  7. Avoid unidentified Kleenexes on the classroom floor. And by avoid, I mean run for your life.

And one more rule. If you try to learn a new photo editing software such as Lightroom, and it takes forever and you hate yourself and you fall in a dramatic heap on the floor and your husband says that this must be the dark side of blogging…

Then eat a third dinner and buy plane tickets to South Korea and the Philippines for the whole month of June. #totallyrational


Hi again. If you want to save money, make pancakes for dinner.

We’re going to be eating a lot of pancakes.

Please please please prittyplease whip these up for yourself. I don’t know why they’re so good but they just are. I’ve made them lots of times and every time – seriously – EVERY time, they come out perfectly. Just a little fluffy, with a tiny bit of sweetness, but not overly heavy and filling.

I mean, why would you make these for breakfast when you could make these for dinner? Pancakes = Dinner. Tonight.

Classic Dinner Pancakes

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Classic Dinner Pancakes
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Serves: 6
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Separate eggs; beat egg yolks. Sift dry ingredients; add alternately with buttermilk to the beaten egg yolks. Add melted butter. Whisk the egg whites for about a minute and fold into the batter.
  2. Bake on hot griddle (400 degrees) until bubbles rise in the pancakes, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
I use my Griddler for this so I can see the exact temperature of the griddle. 400 degrees is the magic number - it works beautifully every time. It's one of the higher settings, so if you're using a skillet I'd set it at medium-high or high.

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  1. Oh wow, your trip in June sounds like it’s going to be amazing!! I can’t wait to hear all about it and all the amazing things that you’re going to see and experience.

    Meanwhile, I’m going to spend my June eating pancakes for every meal.

    • Thanks Kathryn! As I was looking at your snowy London pics on IG the other day, I thought, hmm… maybe we could also sneak in a trip to London this winter? :) Probably not, but it looked so charming!

  2. I love me some breakfast for dinner! Love these classic pancakes!

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! I love breakfast for dinner anytime of the week!

  4. Pancakes for dinner are the. best. Seriously comforting, and any time I can douse my dinner in syrup, it just automatically makes the day a little bit better. Yum.

    P.S. Totally dying of jealousy over your trip in June. SO AWESOME.

  5. Molly and I pull out the dinner pancakes at least once a month!

  6. What an amazing trip!! We booked our flights to Portugal right around the same time — I should probably take your advice and eat some pancakes for dinner between now and then!

  7. A classic! They look great and I love that you used whole wheat pastry flour. I LOVE the stuff!

  8. That’s awesome about the trip! :) If you need any Lightroom tutorials, let me know…

  9. Pancakes are my middle name. :)

    Congrats on your Far East adventures!! So jealous. I love that, Lindsay. You will be visiting my homeland. :) Well, at least for 9 months of my life.


  10. These look amazing, we’ve been craving pancakes in our house!
    What an awesome trip, good for you guys!!

  11. Um, a whole month in Asia…omg, can I please live your life?! That’s amazing!
    Oh and #3 is a nightly thing for me. Showers are the second best part of the day afterall (sleeping will always be #1 ;))

  12. Sounds like a great trip you planned!
    And these pancakes look delicious. In Holland we often eat pancakes for dinner. They’re slightly thinner than your version (but still thicker than a French crepe) and we call them “pannenkoeken”. So nothing strange about those dinner pancakes to me;)

  13. I love totally rational trip making plans :) Also, keep with lightroom! It takes a bit to learn but once you do, you’ll love it forever!

    Ps-pancakes for dinner are awesome. I eat them at least onces a week!

    • I know. It seems like an awesome program but I’m so used to my Photoshop ways that it’s hard to slow down and learn something new. Funny how I’m a teacher but have no patience for learning. Hmmph. :)

  14. I love pancakes for dinner! Bookmarking this :)

    And South Korea and Philipines for a whole month? Sounds AWESOME!

  15. Oh! How exciting about the Philippines! I’m so happy for your guys. I can’t wait for the day I can do a trip like that again. I hope you will write about it here. And pancakes for dinner?? I don’t even really need to say anything, do I? I’m right there with you. . . .

  16. Wow, these pancakes are so perfect looking! Mine are delicious but will never ever be photo-worthy :) And WOW South Korea and the Phillipines…amazing!!

  17. Congrats on your trip! That will be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to hear about it and see your pictures. (i.e. – you had better write about it and share lots of pictures.) I love pancakes for dinner, but somehow married someone who thinks no breakfast food should be eaten after noon. I’m trying to fix him. Maybe a batch of these would work.

    • There will be lots of picture sharing, I’m sure! And so sorry to hear about your non-brinner husband… give these a try and see if he changes his mind! :)

  18. Pancakes for dinner sounds like my idea of absolute heaven. Truly.

  19. How exciting about your trip!! And these do indeed look like the absolute perfect pancakes.

  20. Oh my gosh.. HA! I love eating pancakes for dinner! Ps. plane tickets rule! :)

  21. modernworkinggirl says:

    This is not a pinch of yum. This is like, an avalanche of it :)

  22. I grew up eating pancakes for dinner, waffles, eggs, all kinds of breakfast food. Looking back, it’s easy, cheap, kids like it…and adults, too.

    And what a trip. Trip of a lifetime. CONGRATS!

  23. Wow!! Good for you taking an awesome vacation. Now you just have to make it through the rest of the school year. What a great incentive! AND you should know that every two weeks, there is a breakfast item on my menu for dinner and these will definitely be on the next menu. Simple and yummy!

    • It’s going to be crazy! I’m going to have to really keep my head in the game those last few weeks of school because we fly out literally 24 hours after my last day!

  24. Yes! I include myself (and my kids) in the Pancakes for Dinner club. It’s such a nice feeling – especially on a cold night – to put on some comfy Pj’s and eat a warm pile of pancakes. Simple indulgences are sometimes the best.

  25. I am going to give these a try this week! The kids love pancakes for breakfast so why not for supper!

    I had lunch with your mom and sister at Applebees today. I introduced your mom to the wonton tacos on the appetizer menu. I think she liked them! They said they were both sore from your broomball game yesterday:)

    So glad about your trip this summer. I think I know what you will be doing in the Philippines but what are you doing in South Korea????


    • I hope you like them – they turn out perfectly for me every time! I actually found the recipe in the Lutheran Church Cookbook (I have way too many church cookbooks) but the recipe apparently comes from Gustavus.

      As for South Korea… it’s the cheapest city to fly through to get to Cebu, and we wanted to do a little adventurous international traveling, so we’re stopping in Seoul for a few days before hitting up CSC! :)

  26. Oooh, I hope you have such a great time on your trip, what a great thing to look forward to! Also, pancakes for dinner = one of my favorite things ever.

  27. These are the ones we always make in our house, they are a no fail pancake! We add chocolate chips for a switch up :)

  28. Yum! What a scrumptious looking stack!

  29. I went through the lightroom transition last year (finally) and it took me a while to get used to lightroom. But now, I’ve cut down my processing time by huge amounts by switching from photoshop to LR. In fact, I almost never use PS anymore!

    I’d be willing to make a trade. If you’d be willing to show me how you do your photos, i’d be happy to show you LR and how to process quickly. I’m in Mpls.

  30. First things first, those pancakes look PERFECT. Secondly, I couldn’t agree more with rules #1, 6, and 8. Gerrrrms. As a preschool teacher I basically work with 18 walking germs. We’ve instated “yoga pants Fridays” and Lightroom…help…? #lost #confused #nothanks

  31. congrats on your trip! so fun! and these pancakes…can i make them everyday even if i’m not going on a really fun trip in june? yummm!

  32. I totally subscribe to the pancakes-for-dinner mentality! Whenever it’s been a really long week at school and I need a treat…pancakes for dinner it is. Your trip sounds like it will be a great break as well!

  33. Wow, these look perfect! Just found your site and your photos are beautiful!! All of a sudden I need pancakes for dinner:)

  34. Looks pretty substantial and dinner-worthy!

  35. Pancakes for dinner sounds amazing. Too bad my husband really doesn’t believe in breakfast foods after noon – maybe these will convince him 😀

    PS – a whole month in South Korea and the Philippines? Sounds awesome!

  36. I want to thank you so much for this great recipe! Today was my first time making pancakes. Made these for my parents today, it being Valentines day and all. I only tweaked it a little and added cocoa powder to give a little something extra special for my parents. They turned out delicious and fluffy!

  37. I just made these and they are amazing! Perfect pancake consistency. So good

  38. These pancakes are amazing! They are already a favorite in my apartment and have made them so much that I already have it memorized. Thanks so much!

  39. I used to teach ESL in S. Korea. I highly recommend that if you visit the DMZ to book your tour with the USO. It’s the best and you’ll get to see a lot of the DMZ compared to other tour groups. There’s also an English speaking travel group called Adventure Korea and for good prices you can take a mountain hike or whatever they may have going on while you’re there. But definitely do the DMZ tour with the USO. You won’t be disappointed but I think you have to book at least a month in advance. Also, strawberries are freakishly good in Korea.
    Thank you for the pancake recipe-I am doing this one tonight! I think it says beaten egg yolks…I’m assuming that means egg whites?

    • Well, you first add the egg yolks to the batter and you end by folding in the beaten egg whites. Does that make sense?

      And thanks for all your tips on traveling in S. Korea! :) Love it!

  40. Hi!

    The egg whites should be beaten until they form ‘stiff picks’?

    Thank you so much!

  41. These simple pancakes look so delicious! I always love reading what you have to say — I actually laugh out loud (especially your “rules”). Thank you for brightening my day yet again!

  42. I don’t see where it says in the recipe to what level the egg whites should be beaten. It just reads beat egg whites, but I see a note in the comment about stiff peaks. Maybe the recipe can be clearer…

  43. umm, new favorite! made these for breakfast this morning (couldn’t wait until dinner!!) and they were the stuff that dreams are made of. thanks for sharing!!!

  44. The recipe is not good at all. Either too much milk or too little flour!!!!

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