I'm slightly embarrassed to be asking for help on pancakes of all things, but I don't think I've ever made good ones without the help of a boxed mix. Sad, I know. But I tried making some again this morning, and they turned out horribly-- bland, flat, chewy, and generally unpleasant.
Today I used the recipe for Basic Pancakes in Bittman's How to Cook Everything, with the simple additions of some chocolate chips, a tiny bit of cinnamon, and a little bit of vanilla. Same thing. Absolutely no flavour in the cakes themselves (ie not including the chocolate chips), and they were very chewy. (I have had similar results with another recipe I tried some time ago, but decided to give it another shot.) Oddly enough, I can make some decent crepes. Pancakes elude me.
I was hoping I could maybe get a diagnosis, or at least some suggestions, here before I give up and go back to a boxed mix. Am I over-mixing? Would that cause the problem? Or something else? I just want tasty, fluffy pancakes. Thanks.