I like to joke that these pancakes are so light, you have to hold them down! When we have a chance, we make them with freshly ground cornmeal bought at local festivals. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
Combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles on top begin to pop; cook until second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup.
Cranberry-Orange Variation: Stir 3/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries and 1 teaspoon orange zest into prepared batter. Blueberry-Lemon Variation: Stir 3/4 cup fresh blueberries and 1 teaspoon lemon zest into prepared batter. Bacon Variation: Stir four to six cooked and crumbled bacon strips into prepared batter.
Test Kitchen Tips
For the lightest, fluffiest pancakes, mix batter quickly and gently (there may still be a few lumps) after combining your other ingredients.
Less is more: Resist the urge to flip these bad boys multiple times. And for goodness' sake, don't press down with a spatula lest you find yourself with a stack of gummy flapjacks.
If you like the idea of variations but have picky eaters, mix the goodies with butter instead. Stir chopped dried fruits, citrus zest, honey or maple syrup into softened butter before serving.