Recently my mother and sister both acquired stoves with a built in griddle.
I am very happy for them and very sad for myself...Having a built in griddle is a great idea because if you are not making pancakes for breakfast on the weekends you are missing out on a great ritual. Nothing says weekend like pancakes for breakfast.
Before you get out that pancake mix, I need to tell you why that is a bad idea. I find that all you have to do is use self-rising flour and you take out the need for a mix. You are actually making it from scratch. They taste better too. There is one hitch. It includes buttermilk. Now before you skip over this post let me tell you that I agree with you. I always avoided recipes with buttermilk - until I found other recipes that used it and warranted keeping a small quart in my refrigerator. Buttermilk makes biscuits and cakes perform at a different level. Buttermilk also has a much longer shelf life than regular milk and the taste it gives to the pancakes you can't get in regular milk.
Besides the mechanics of the recipe, I have to tell you that once you use this base recipe you can be creative and change it based on what you have in your pantry. You can add bananas, strawberries, blueberries, coconut - any number of ingredients to get a different type of pancake. Once you make the base just be creative and have fun with it. Here are a few of my pancake recipes that use this recipe.
Base Pancake Recipe
2 cups self rising flour
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine ingredients and whisk in a mixing bowl. Cook in a skillet with 1 tbsp of butter on medium. Makes roughly 8 large pancakes or 16 small.