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Mcdonald’s copycat pancakes recipe (quick and easy hotcakes)

by | Apr 12, 2023 | Sweet Treats | 0 comments

  This fluffy pancakes recipe is a delicious breakfast that uses simple ingredients to make McDonald’s pancakes. This single bowl McDonald’s hotcakes recipe tastes exactly like the original, making it the best pancake recipe out there.

How to make McDonald’s pancake batter

Dry ingredients needed:  

 Baking powder: This is the second raising agent that will aid in making light pancakes.

Self-raising flour: This aids in making the fluffiest pancakes that are light and cook well on a frying pan.

 White sugar: White sugar tends to be more refined, making it perfect for a smooth hotcakes batter.


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Wet ingredients needed:

Vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla essence and buttermilk:

Buttermilk is more acidic than ordinary milk, making the pancake batter richer and more flavour packed. The acidity found in buttermilk aids in activating the raising agents which then produce fluffy pancakes.

In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well using a wire whisk. Once this is done, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk well. If you would like to personalise the recipe, add chocolate chips to the pancake batter and mix well.Preheat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and lightly oil the pan with vegetable oil, preferably canola or sunflower oil.Once the pan is hot, place an eighth cup of pancake batter into the centre of the hot pan. Once the batter bubbles, flip the pancakes, and cook for two minutes or until the batter looks like golden brown hotcakes. Repeat this process until the batter is finished. To remove excess oil, place the pancakes onto a paper towel.

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 What to add to pancake batter:

There are many ingredients that can be added to pancake batter to enhance its flavor and texture. Here are a few suggestions:

Blueberries, strawberries, or other fruits

Fold fresh or frozen berries into your pancake batter for a burst of fruity flavor. Chocolate chips – Stir in a handful of chocolate chips to your pancake batter for a sweet and indulgent treat.

Vanilla extract

Add a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract to your pancake batter to give it a delicious vanilla flavor.


Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon into your pancake batter for a warm and cosy flavor.

Lemon zest 

Grate some fresh lemon zest into your pancake batter for a bright, citrusy flavor.

Chopped nuts

Add some chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds to your pancake batter for a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Continue with the normal recipe after stirring in the extra toppings.

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Mcdonald's copycat pancakes recipe (quick and easy hotcakes)

This fluffy pancakes recipe is a delicious breakfast that uses simple ingredients to make McDonald's pancakes. This single bowl McDonald’s hotcakes recipe tastes exactly like the original, making it the best pancake recipe out there.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil for frying


  •  Sift  all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Whisk all the wet ingredients into a medium bowl until everything is combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until there is no flour lumps in your batter
  • In a large cooking pan heat 1 tbsp of oil on medium low heat
  • 1.    Take a 1/8 cup of batter and fry in your pan. Once the oneside has bubbles in the middle of the batter and the bottom is golden brownflip the pancake and cook on the other side for 2 minutes or until the bottomis also golden brown and cooked. ( Make sure you keep adding a little bit ofoil into your pan after each pancake to ensure that non of them burn or stickto the pan.)
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Toppings to use for this copycat recipe

Delicious toppings are vital when it comes to making the best breakfast. Below is a list of toppings that will make the perfect breakfast combo these toppings also pair well with our pannekoek recipe:

freshly-cut fruit: Freshly-cut fruit aids in adding a healthy and fresh element to your pancake breakfast which is a good thing for those on a calorie diet.

Topping with different syrups: Maple-flavored syrup is a great and pocket-friendly topping for this Mcdonalds recipe. Nothing beats hotcakes that are drowning in delicious maple-flavored syrup.

If you crave something a bit more intriguing, you should go for a buttered pecan syrup topping. This is my favorite way of enjoying this McDonald’s pancake recipe.

A combination of bacon and real maple syrup: There are a ton of ways to make maple bacon, but here is a great recipe that yields the best results.

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how to store cooked pancakes

If you have leftover pancakes that you would like to store for later consumption, you can follow these simple steps:Let the pancakes cool down to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container or a ziplock bag, making sure to separate each pancake with a single layer of wax paper or parchment paper. Label the container or plastic wrap with the date of storage, then store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days for the next time you have pancake cravings.

how to freeze and reheat pancakes (useful when making a large batch)

The best way to freeze pancakes is to let the pancakes cool down to room temperature, then place a layer of baking sheet paper or parchment paper between each pancake to prevent them from sticking together. Stack the pancakes neatly and place them in a freezer-safe, airtight container or freezer bag. Label the container or bag with the date of freezing then place the container or bag in the freezer.

When you are ready to eat the frozen pancakes, you can either:

Microwave: Microwave the frozen pancakes for about 30-60 seconds, or until heated through.

Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176 degrees Celsius. Place the frozen pancakes on a baking sheet and bake them for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Toaster: Place the frozen pancakes in a toaster and toast them until heated through.

Once the delicious pancakes have heated, you can enjoy them with your favorite toppings.



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