Ariel’s Pancakes: four ingredients and easy!

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The author with pink hair, standing at a stove with her toddler son. They both have their hands on a spatula, and are working together to flip a pancake.
Making pancakes with my son in 2011. Photo by Jenny Jimenez

Look, I’m not really a “share my recipes online” kind of person, because I don’t really use recipes. I’m more of an intuitive cook. That said, I do have one recipe that I follow religiously and it’s these pancakes. They only have FOUR ingredients, so they’re fabulously easy to make.

I was first given the recipe almost 15 years ago by my ex-cousin-in-law, and it has been a Saturday morning tradition ever since. Honestly, I think the main reason I’m sharing it here is so that when friends and family ask me for the recipe, I can just tell them to google it. HA!

I make these with a blender and a skillet, but you could make them with a bowl, a whisk, and a frying pan.

My son Tavi devouring pancakes in 2011. Photos by Jenny Jimenez.

Ariel’s pancakes

This recipe makes enough for 2 people. Scale it up for more folks, generally 1 egg per person.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat your griddle on low heat
  2. Put eggs and milk in a blender and blend on lowest setting
  3. While still blending, add flour
  4. Once flour is fully blended, add melted butter and continue blending until the batter is thick and creamy
  5. Pour batter onto ungreased griddle
  6. Turn stove up to medium high
  7. I pour the pancakes very large at first, and then a batch of “baby cakes” with the last of the batter at the end.
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How to serve

  • No butter is necessary because they’re already so buttery!
  • I like to load these up with toppings like fruit and yogurt and syrup, and then roll them up and top them with whipcream.
  • My son spreads with toppings and whip cream, and then eats them like burritos
  • The baby cakes get served in a tiny stack with a blueberries
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