This recipe is from my sister Sara. I have been making these for years. I don't really ever buy pancake mix any more. I don't know for sure if these are cheaper, but they are definitely better and by not buying pancake mix it's one less thing I need to purchase at the store.
Pancakes1 cup flour
1 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 Tbl. oil
~the farmgirl disclaimer~
I usually add a bit more milk. I also make these using whole wheat flour and my kids still love them. If I want to make waffles, I just add a bit more oil and baking powder and it works great.
And while we're on the subject of purchasing fewer items at the store...I no longer buy syrup. And it's better homemade too! I just bought Mapleine imitation maple flavor and followed the directions on the bottle.
1 cup boiling water poured over 2 cups sugar, add 1/2 tsp Mapleine and stir. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I've also done 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar. I know exactly what's in it, and it doesn't leave an after taste like store bought syrup does. Sure, it's not Butter Milk Syrup (or my favorite name for it Crack Sauce)--but it's simple and I like it.
Crack Sauce aka Buttermilk Syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tbl. corn syrup
In a LARGE saucepan, bring contents to boil, boiling for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add 2 tsp vanilla. Start the timer as soon as it looks like there are bubbles in the syrup, I don't wait for a rolling boil.