Pancakes were the first thing I ever learned to make well, so I get an especially good feeling when I make them. This recipe is actually one I came up with on my own, about thirty-five years ago, messing around with it until I got it right. At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about cooking, so it's amazing it turned out so well. It was several years, though, before I learned the real secret, which is not an ingredient, but a technique--letting the batter rest for 20 minutes before cooking the cakes. It lets the gluten chains form and results in a much fluffier pancake.