Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients in a second bowl and then mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Cook the pancakes on a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Milk is not a necessary ingredient when making pancakes from scratch; flour, eggs, baking powder, water, sugar, vanilla extract and salt are all that is needed.
- Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
Combine 2 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a fork or a whisk to break up any clumps. Dry ingredients can also be sifted to thoroughly eliminate clumping.
- Combine eggs, oil and vanilla in a separate bowl
Crack three large eggs into a small bowl and beat until bubbles start to form. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of water. Mix gently. Over-mixing causes tough pancakes.
- Cook pancakes on a medium-heat skillet or griddle
Preheat the skillet or griddle and lightly coat with vegetable oil. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop batter on to the skillet. Flip pancake when bubbles start to form and edges start to dry. Do not press down on the pancake after flipping, as this prevents the pancake from rising.