A Valentine’s Day Dinner with Love

IHOP Copycat Pancakes

When you think of Valentine’s Day dinners you do not typically think of pancakes.  Normally, we don’t either.  But, this dinner had great significance for us.  This was our 20th Valentine’s Day together.

Twenty years ago we were young, broke and incredibly in love.  For our first Valentine’s Day my gift was a box of Bisquik mix, at the time my favorite pancake mix, but it was too expensive for me to ever buy as we were living on Lipton Rice and Noodle side dishes and a bottle of syrup.  These were both wrapped in a brown paper bag decorated with crayons.

So, we had pancakes for our first Valentine’s Day dinner. This weekend I re-created the meal but made homemade pancakes and added bacon as a side.  My how times have changed.  A marriage, two children, on our second home, in a new state, and four jobs later we are definitely in a different place in our lives than 20 years ago but one thing is still constant – that we love each other as much then as now.


My family really liked these pancakes.  Usually when I make a copycat recipe I don’t have high hopes.  This one was actually really good.  I usually use the Joy of Cooking for my pancake recipe but I now have a new favorite.

These pancakes were fluffy and flavorful. A side of crisp bacon and fruit salad made the meal complete.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar


    1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
    2. Add eggs, milk, and vinegar to dry mix and stir well.
    3. Stir in melted butter and sugar.
    4. Warm a griddle pan over medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan.
    5. Add 1/4 cup of batter to the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the batter. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
    6. Serve warm with butter and syrup.

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