I have done all three in the past!
I now generally make them myself as the batter is so easy to make.
There is one fairly new brand out that are thin -crepes -which is how I like my pancakes - I do not like the very thick ones.
My grandkids love these for breakfast and they only take 5 minutes to get ready and a few more to cook. The hardest part is working out what to put on them, and I like both savoury and sweet, and often have bacon, and maple syrup.
My goodness!!! It is a gloriously sunny 24.4 right now here in Nth Qld and the birds are all out in force enjoying making a mess of the red gum blossoms!!! It's like a beautiful carpet of red on the green grass! I just cannot be friends with the cold weather at all.......though it does make all sorts of yummy food even more comforting!!!
My wife makes beautiful pancakes and crepes.
The crepes are much thinner and are folded into quarters and then soaked with Cointreau(orange) liqueur and light amount of sugar,
then returned to the pan and left on the heat for a brief period 4-5 minutes for the liquid to soak into the crepes.
I have always made my own from mother's recipe which doubtless came from her mother. Nothing special, just nice and thin and silky, not doughy like a lot of packet mixes. However, a couple of weeks ago, a friend told me about nana's frozen gluten free ones and they were really lovely.
the very thin ones I bought were also frozen but I don't think they were Nannas....they also make a nice thin one in another section but as it is only 3° here and I'm about to go outside for my walk with doggies, my brain is not working!!!
I have made my own and used the mixes !!!! My son likes them freshly made so I would make those for him, or he would make them himself. Other times we would use the pancake mix. Now that my son has left home, we find we don't eat them anymore. I find that the pancake mix makes way too much for the three of us to eat. If we decide we do want them, I will probably make them from scratch so I can control the amount I make somewhat. My daughter likes pancakes, and if her boyfriend likes them, we could invite him over, and have a pancake night. !!!!
I have done my own since I was about 12 years old,always the thin ones,'crepes' with various yummy things on top,but my favourite has to be lemon juice squeezed freshly over them,then drizzled with sugar and rolled up. Now though,in fact since my early 20's, being aware of my allergy to Eggs,I just do not have them at all. No wonder I was always in hospital as a kid!!!! Not much was known about allergies back then,and we lived on Eggs, thinking them very healthy!! Ah well.....I can enjoy them in my dreams......
I've used the pancake mixes and also made my own which I prefer. I found the shaker mixes wasted too much mix and they were far too thick and gluggy for me. I often slice a banana or apple on top of the pancake before its ready to turn then top off with maple syrup. I also spray my non stick pancake pan with coconut oil as I've found I don't need as much heat to cook with by using it.
Yes I create and cook my own...and...if some of the folk snatching at pancake mix and finished pancakes, knew how easy they were to cook, they would join me.
As my mother before, I've served up pikelets (very small oval pancakes to the uninitiated) at different outings and they always disappear first.
I made 130 pancakes last Sunday for my Church dinner.
Everyone had a pancake with chicken, chicken condensed chicken soup, dash of wine and some cream.
Also a pumkin and herb and butter pancake...both served with a side salad.
Then a pancake with melted chocolate pieces in and chocolate icecream.
I've always made my own from scratch. This only takes 5 mins, & a couple minutes more to cook each one. Then I use any of the following, of: 2 jams, 1 marmalade, maple syrup, bacon, golden syrup, diced banana, strawberries, a little cream. Sometimes I'll put sultanas in 1 of the small pancakes while it's cooking, or currents or a crushed walnut.