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These may be the easiest pancakes you can make from scratch. They only require a few ingredients, and they can be cooked on the stovetop in only a few minutes.
Pans needed: Of course, it's mandatory that pancakes need to be made in a cast iron pan. This can be a skillet, griddle, or any convenient flat iron surface.
The trick to making pancakes is: do not heat your cast iron pan too high. If the heat is too high, the pancakes will burn on the outside but remain uncooked on the inside. This is why your cast iron pan must be heated "low and slow." Place the cast iron skillet (or griddle) on your stovetop burner. Turn the stovetop heat to "low-to-medium," or number 4 on a 1-to-10 setting, so the knob is at a little less than halfway. Let the skillet heat at this level for at least ten minutes. This will allow the entire pan to heat more evenly. If you simply place the pan on the stovetop and crank it up to high, there will be a very hot spot in the center and the edges will be much less hot. This is why it is important to slowly heat the pan to the right temperature.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a separate dish (or another cast iron skillet), and let the butter cool off.
Mix together dry ingredients: flour, a pinch of salt, and baking powder together. Be sure to whisk the dry ingredients together to incorporate air into the batter. This will help batter puff up and give good fluffy pancakes.
From here, add the wet ingredients. Beat two eggs and add them to the bowl, along with melted butter. Add about 1 cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, Begin mixing it all into a batter, though the batter will be very thick at this point. Start adding additional milk to the batter, a little at a time, as you stir the batter. Keep mixing in the milk a little at a time, until the batter is just the right consistency.
Now we melt some butter in the pan. Use a measuring cup of 1/4 cup size, and 1/4 cup of batter to the pan for each pancake. This gives good sized pancakes that are easy to flip, and serve. Do not move the pancakes when they are first added to the pan. It is important to wait patiently until bubbles begin to form in the batter. You can tell the pancake is ready to be flipped when the small bubbles become bigger bubbles. Now the pancake can be flipped. You only only need to wait about another minute before the pancakes are ready.
Add more to the pan before adding each batch of pancakes.
When pancakes are ready, serve with butter and maple syrup.