I know this is cheating a bit, but if you get complete pancake mix in a store, even though it says, 'Just add water', adding an egg into it does a world of difference. And I take the butter spread (country crock, or Blue Bonnet) and melt a spoonfull,
Take a Ladle and use that to make them uniformally, and drop it swirling inward so the butter is pushed towards the middle and throughout the pancake rather than being pushed away.
I've tried makeing them from scratch and it always tastes like chalk to me. I think I may be adding too much baking powder.