How to make perfect pancakes: 9 important pancake making tips
It’s so easy to screw up pancakes. I know I messed them up a hundred times, and because I never stopped making them, and I kept tweaking my method and recipe every time, I finally figured out how to make the perfect pancakes.
Look. These pancakes are tender and wobbly.
These pancakes are fluffy.
And they are moist.
Keep in mind that I’m not even a good cook. I just failed so many times I now know what I need to do and what I need to avoid. So here are my 9 best pancake making tips which I’ve tried and tested.
Pancake making tips
1) Find a good recipe
I found an awesome recipe on allrecipes.com. It’s someone’s grandma’s recipe and boy is it good.
I’ve tried a bunch of recipes before, and I feel that the portioning in this one is perfect cause the pancakes smell amazing and taste nice every time, even if I mess up the texture.
All you need to do is:
- Put in the dry ingredients in a bowl
- Add the wet ingredients and mix
- Cook that mixture in the pan
Pretty straight forward right? Okay now for all the tips that the recipe doesn’t tell you!
2) Use a big bowl
I would always use a small bowl because it’s easier to wash, and then I realised small bowls make bigger messes LOL.
It’s a simple tip, but it’s something that would have made mixing (and my life) a lot easier if I knew this sooner.
3) Always use a sieve
Maybe I’m just lazy ’cause I always felt that sieving was unnecessary. Then I found that unsieved flour causes your pancakes to have little powdery lumps in them.
Not the most pleasant thing to bite into.
4) Break eggs in another bowl
If you’re anything like me, you easily make messes while cooking. So break your eggs in a separate bowl, just in case you drop some shell fragments.
Why? It’s easier to pick the shells out from a separate bowl than it is to fish it out from the main mixture.
5) Beat the batter slowly and gently
If you beat it too hard and fast like I did in the gif below, it’s gonna get tough and rubbery.
Beating your batter like that like creates gluten and gluten makes pancakes tough. So beat it gently and slowly (like how I did below) to get soft pancakes.
And if you already beat it hard, don’t worry. Leave it aside for 20 minutes or so to rest, and it’ll be fine.
6) Make sure the batter is just a little runny
Because a thick batter makes dense pancakes that are more like small, dry cakes.
You can still save your batter though! Just add some water and stir! That’s saved me every time.
If it gets too runny though, it will cook like a failed crepe. To fix that, add flour and stir. You really got to eyeball the amount.
To me, the ideal consistency is like this batter below.
That consistency will help you make a super moist, wobbly, thicc and substantial pancake stacc. <3
7) Avoid using butter if you can
Recipes always tell you to add butter to the pan before cooking, and I don’t understand why!
Every single time I would add butter, the pancake turns out ugly! There would be an uneven colouring and an oddly crispy outer ring.
So use a non-stick pan, and if you don’t have one, use butter sparingly.
8) Flip your pancake just once
Flipping too many times causes the pancake to deflate and become crinkly, so make sure you flip it just once.
How do you flip it once and do it perfectly? See the next tip!
9) Use medium heat and don’t be afraid to peek
Medium heat is perfect for pancake making.
After you pour the batter, and you see the pancake has firmed up a little, peek under the edges.
When it’s golden brown, flip it. Check the reverse side in a moment and when it’s golden, serve it!
So that’s my take on how to make great pancakes. Hope you found these pancake making tips useful! 🙂
I am a beginner cook though, and I still have fails in the kitchen all the time. So if you see something that I could do better or if you have tips for me, let me know in the comments! 🙂
Watch the video for a bonus poetry slam at the front!
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