Goodbye Betty Crocker, Hello DIY Pancake Mix

Waking up early is not my thing, especially when there’s a ridiculously long day in front of you. It takes a good 5 minutes for me to get out of my bed, and next thing I know, I’m running late. Boy do I hate wolfing down a breakfast that actually can be enjoyed at a slower pace.

It figures why so many premixes have sprouted throughout supermarkets everywhere. From Betty Crockers to Jiffy muffin mixes, it’s like all there is to life is a simple addition of milk, water, and eggs.

And it is!

You alone can make your life easier. Instead of turning to a generic supermarket brand for help, it’s not that difficult to measure out some flour and others ahead of time. Breakfast easily rhymes with pancakes. Those thick, fluffy American griddle cakes that are doused generously with maple syrup…I can never get enough of those. They are wonderful on their own…although a few ribbons of crispy bacon wouldn’t hurt…

Make your own pancake mix well ahead of time, and whenever you wish for something sweet at breakfast, or heck, supper, just measure out your desired proportion. As for leftovers, simply keep them in your cool pantry or refrigerator.

Didn’t think making pancakes could be so easy? Well, now it’s a breakfast made in a hurry for those in a scurry. Life just gets better, doesn’t it?

Homemade Instant Pancake Mix

Nigella Lawson Express

makes 15


  • 600g flour
  • 3 x 15ml tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 40g vanilla or caster sugar


  • For each 150g pancake mix, add and whisk together:
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml semi-skimmed or full-fat milk
  • 1 x 15ml tablespoon melted butter
  1. For the Pancake mix: Mix all the ingredients together and store in a jar.
  2. When ready to make the pancakes, proceed as follows: Heat a flat griddle or pan with no oil.
  3. Spoon drops of 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle or into the pan and, when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides. A minute or so a side should do it.


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