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The Ultimate Guide to Making the Perfect Pancakes for Pancake Day 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Making the Perfect Pancakes for Pancake Day 2018

Everybody knows how to make pancakes. You can prepare a fairly decent stack of pancakes even if you are a first-time cook. There is nothing simpler than making pancakes from scratch. Or is there? Have you ever wondered why your first pancake never works? Or why instead of the fluffy, tall pancakes yours look like flat discs?

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This post is about pancake PERFECTION. It will show you how to make easy fluffy golden pancakes in no time, with a minimum mess in the kitchen.

Kitchen Arsenal

To make perfect pancakes, you need to own high-quality kitchenware elements. Here are the basics.

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Frying Pan

The first and most important cookware element is the frying pan. An unsuitable, sticky pan will ruin even the best pancake recipe. The three rules for pans are non-stick, wide enough, and no hot spots. If you have a griddle or a skillet, feel free to use them.

Avoid pans with sloped sides and choose a heavy-bottomed pan. If the pan’s bottom is too thin, your pancakes will burn. You will need a pan that is wide enough to allow you easy flipping. I recommend a ceramic coated pan that is nonstick and can be heated to very high temperatures. Another upside is that ceramic pans don’t rust. The ceramic coating conducts heat very well so there will be no hot spots.

Buying a high-quality pancake pan will pay off. If you buy a bargain-cheap, non-stick pan at the supermarket you might end up with flakes from the non-stick coat in your sweet treat. A more expensive pan will last forever!

Spatula

Second on the list is the spatula. This tool is essential for easy and efficient flipping. I have tried to do it with a spoon once, trust me, it is impossible. That is unless you are a flipping master and you can turn your pancakes by tossing them into the air, like that guy who holds the world record for most tosses (140) in one minute.

The perfect spatula should have a thin edge to let you get under the pancake and flip it easily, without any tearing or wrinkling. You can use a metal one, but if you have a nonstick pan or skillet you can choose a silicone or rubber spatula.

Cups, bowls, spoons, and more

Besides the two above mentioned key elements, you will need a few more to have on hand to prepare a standard easy pancake recipe.

  • Two cups (for flour and milk)
  • A teaspoon (for raising agents and salt)
  • A tablespoon (for sugar and butter)
  • Two bowls (one big and one medium, preferably metal, ceramic, or glass, not plastic)
  • Whisker (for mixing the ingredients)
  • Brush (for applying fat to the pan)

The Fluff Factor

If the pancakes don’t look fabulous, I won’t bother eating them. I want to fall in love with the pancakes at first sight. I want them to be tall, soft, and fluffy. When it comes to texture, the first commandment is: choose easy pancake recipes. Easy equals foolproof. Check out our pancake collection with over 200 of the best American pancake recipes!

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Let’s talk about the ingredients first. In an easy pancake recipe, there are dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt, and wet ingredients: milk, egg, and butter.

Dry Ingredients

  1. Rule number one for fluffy pancakes: your raising agents (baking powder and baking soda) must be fresh. The shelf life is 6-12 months from opening date, but if you’re not sure, apply this simple test: add ½ teaspoon of baking powder or baking soda in 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. If the raising agent is fresh, it will bubble and fizz.

If you have forgotten to buy baking powder and have already started to make the pancakes, you can prepare a homemade baking powder, by mixing 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar and a teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Store this powder airtight, in a dark and dry place at room temperature, for up to 6 weeks.

Wet Ingredients

The wet ingredients should be at room temperature. If they are cold the pancakes will be sultry.

1.Use buttermilk instead of milk for lighter and more tender & fluffy pancakes. If you don’t have buttermilk at hand, know this: acidity equals fluffiness. Create a home-made “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a cup of milk (any type of milk will do, even non-dairy).

You can also use Greek yogurt or mix the milk with plain Greek yogurt (1-part milk + 2 parts yogurt).

Another secret ingredient for fluffiness is carbonation. The fizziness in carbonated beverages, like beer or sodas (e.g. seven up) is responsible for making the pancakes extra fluffy. Did you know that beer pancakes are called “mancakes”?

  1. Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Beat the whites separately and fold it into the batter to make it lighter. It’s a science thing: egg whites are made almost entirely of protein, so when whipping them, the proteins unfold and recombine in rigid structures, i.e. they transform into a mass of foamy bubbles.
  2. For best results, use all-purpose flour in the batter because it won’t affect the structure of the pancakes. Other good alternatives are whole wheat, buckwheat, or cornmeal. Mix and match any of these flours and find what works best for you.
  3. Make your pancakes immediately after mixing the batter. The fresher the batter, the better the pancakes. The raising agents start working immediately after coming into contact with the wet ingredients and their effect decreases with the time. So, if you want you can mix the dry ingredients in advance, but once you add the wet ones, you’d better start cooking!
  4. Leave the batter lumpy. The more you mix the batter, the chewier the pancakes will be, due to gluten development in the flour. You don’t want that. Stir the ingredients until they are just combined, but make sure there are quite a few lumps inside.
  5. Another idea to speed up the mixing process is to use a blender. First, add the wet ingredients. Once they are foamy, add the dry ingredients and keep mixing until smooth.

The Art of Cooking

Once you’ve prepared the best pancake batter it is time to learn how to cook perfect small golden pillows that simply melt in your mouth.

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Test batch

I recommend that you treat the first few pancakes as a test batch. Use them to adjust the heat and practice your flipping skills. Make sure the pan is not too hot to avoid burning the pancakes. On the other hand, if it is not hot enough, the batter will smear. Sprinkle a few drops of water before you start cooking. If they are shimmering, you’re good to go.

Fat

Use vegetable oil for frying, not butter. Butter burns easily, due to the milk solids contained inside. Especially when your pan is on medium heat for a longer time.

If you insist on using butter, chose either the clarified version, in which milk solids have been separated beforehand or the unsalted version which has a lower whey content and doesn’t burn as easily. The last option is to mix the butter with oil.

Use a heat-proof silicon pastry brush to apply the chosen fat onto the surface of the pan.

If you use too much oil, your pancakes will fry. Wipe the excess oil before you pour the batter into the hot pan or griddle using a paper towel.

Frying and Flipping

Do not flatten the pancakes with the spatula, even if you are tempted to do so, in order to cook them faster. They will cook faster but they won’t be fluffy.

How to avoid smearing the batter because of a sloppy flip? The problem is that you’re using the whole arm, instead only the hand. Slide the spatula under the pancake, lift slightly, and then turn it using your wrist.

Flip the pancake when bubbles appear on the surface and the edges have set. Don’t wait for the bubbles to burst, it will be too late! The bottom of the pancake should be light brown. It should take you about 2-3 minutes to cook the first side and 1-2 minutes more for the opposite side.

Your awesome & easy pancakes are now ready. All you need to do is choose a splendid topping to match these expert-made pancakes and enjoy.

Add-ins and Toppings

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Add-ins, like berries or chocolate chips, can be easily burnt. That is why it is best to add them as late as possible. First pour the batter into the pan, then add the chips or berries (distribute evenly). Bananas, on the other hand, caramelize during cooking so you can add them directly to the batter, mashed or in slices.

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Standard picture perfect pancakes require a perfect topping. Out of respect for the perfect fluffy pancakes you’ve just prepared, choose pure maple syrup instead of the pancake syrups sold in plastic bottles that are full of sugar and God knows what else. Add a pat of butter on top and dive in!

 

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How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

How to Make Pancakes from Scratch – 15 Super Easy Recipes for Pancake Day 2018

Pancakes for breakfast, now that’s a great idea, right? And while a pre-ready pancake mix might be considered a godsend by some, it is safe to say homemade pancakes will beat a store-bought mix any day of the year. There are three reasons behind this: Preparing your own pancakes from scratch is way more fun, less expensive and what’s more, you can let your imagination go wild.

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Mastering The Art of Making Pancakes

If you are a newbie in the cooking world, you should first know some of the pancake preparation basics, then choose a pancake recipe from the Best American Pancake Recipes – Quick, Easy and Delicious, and put your knowledge to the test J. While there is not ONE particular tip on making the perfect pancake recipe because tips will vary depending on the recipe, there are a few things that apply to all of them:

  • A non-stick skillet is a must!
  • Use fresh raising agents (baking soda and baking powder).
  • Make sure the wet ingredients you are using are at room temperature.
  • Make a test batch (it will help you find the right cooking temperature, and see when is the best time to flip).

Fruity Pancake Recipes

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Regardless of whether they are a part of the batter itself, or are used as toppings or add-ins, fruits are always a great way of making pancakes taste even better! With flavors that vary from sweet to tangy, here are some of the best and easiest recipes you will ever need!

  1. Banana Pancakes

We start off with a pancake recipe that only calls for three ingredients (ok, and a pinch of salt, and some oil for cooking). This pancake recipe will only take up 5 minutes of your time, and the result will be delicious pancakes that you will want to prepare day in day out.

Extra: Bananas will not only make the pancakes tastier, but they come along with a wide range of health benefits. First off, they are rich in potassium, a mineral crucial for maintaining a good heart health. Second, they contain a fair amount of fiber (which means they will satiate your hunger faster), and last, but certainly not least, bananas come with a moderate amount of protein.

  1. Blueberry Pancakes

Made with Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour, these hotcakes are the definition of fluffy. Mastering them? Piece of cake, just follow the step-by-step instructions and you are good to go. A sweet and tangy forkful of pillowy soft awesomeness is what you will get.

Extra: Apart from the freshness they provide, blueberries will enhance the health-factor of any batter. See, the vibrant blue color that makes them so appealing to the eye comes as a result of the pigments they contain: anthocyanins. These are also responsible for a large part of the blueberries’ health-promoting features, including their antioxidant power. All in all, blueberries play the role of guards of the cardiovascular system and regulators of the blood sugar levels.

  1. Apple Pancakes

These hotcakes with grated apples are definitely going to become a regular item on your breakfast menu. If you have 5 minutes on your hand, put all the ingredients in a blender and you will get a tasty sweet batter with a note of tartness. There is also a downside tough, you will need 10 minutes to fry them, and only 10 seconds to devour a stack.

Extra: You know the good old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. This only goes to show apples are not only tasty but filled to the brim with health-promoting features that make these delicious fruits great aids when it comes to reducing the risk of diabetes and stroke and promoting neurological health.

Nutty Pancake Recipes

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Crunchy and tasty, nuts are the ultimate snacks, but, much like fruits, they are also great toppings and add-ins. A general rule to follow whenever you want to implement them in a pancake recipe is ROAST them. This will enhance their nutty flavor and will increase their crunchiness.

  1. Almond Pancakes

With two whole tablespoons of ground almonds, half a teaspoon of almond extract, ¼ cup of slivered almonds, and 6 tablespoons of almond milk, these will definitely be a hit with almond lovers. And, even if you are partial to almonds, once you’ve tasted a bite of these pancakes, you will definitely turn “team almonds”.

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Almonds, like other nuts, come with a palette of health benefits. Healthy brain and heart function and a healthy skin are results of consuming them on a daily basis. Being rich in riboflavin and L-carnitine is what makes almonds great for the neurological system, whereas, the healthy monounsaturated fatty acids are “to blame” for the health benefits. Last, a hydrated and non-wrinkled skin will be a result of the Vitamin E they contain.

  1. Pecan Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes with half a cup of pumpkin puree and cinnamon will make your kitchen smell like heaven. Warm and sweet, the aroma will definitely bring a smile on your face, and the nutty flavor will only be enhanced by replacing the regular vegetable oil with two tablespoons of walnut oil. Yum!

All the more reason to prepare this recipe: Pecans are known for their power to reduce the LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase the HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood, which means they are great for the overall cardiovascular system. What’s more, they abound with minerals (manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium) and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Savory Pancake Recipes

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Be it as a side dish, brunch, or breakfast for dinner, every cook should have a recipe for savory pancakes handy whenever the need for it arises. And while some recipes, like that for the okonomiyaki, require a more experienced cook, the following are super easy and equally tasty J

  1. Potato Pancakes

A satiating and scrumptious recipe that will certainly make you go for seconds, and what’s more, can be prepared in five simple steps. What else does one need? Maybe a boost of iron, calcium and vitamins A and K will do? If you didn’t get around to opening the link above, this recipe also calls for 10 ounces of spinach. And, since it is likely you’ve seen Popeye, you surely know that this translates into healthier muscles, but also a glowing skin and impeccable vision.

  1. Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you are looking for a flapjack recipe that is easy to handle, will take you no longer than half an hour, and it is still worthy of being dubbed lunch-appropriate, then this is the recipe you are looking for. Beside the sweet potatoes, it also calls for chives and an onion. And we all know that this is a combination that is going to please the taste buds, and fill the tummy.

  1. Canadian Bacon Pancakes

This is a recipe for those who want their savory flapjacks to be on the “heavier” side. Although vegetables and herbs like chives, thyme, and watercress are present, the crispy bacon cubes play the main role in this recipe.

Luscious Pancake Recipes

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Now, pancakes wouldn’t be in the category somewhere in between breakfast and dessert if they were not a great base for experimenting. This is why recipes like the following are a must for every pancake lover out there.

A great way you can go about if you want an out-of-the-ordinary recipe is implement your favorite store-bought treats into the batter, use them as toppings, or better still, use them both ways. And, don’t worry, we’ve got the experimenting part covered, so all you have to do is just follow the instructions. Literally, the only thing you should worry about is decide whether you want to share them with others.

  1. Oreo Pancakes

The Double Stuff Oreo Hotcakes are a dream come true. Half a cup of Oreos goes into the batter, making it taste like the real deal, and a whole cup goes in the stuffing, which means double the trouble. One can say that this is more of a spread, but either way, it is as scrumptious as ever. Whipped cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and Oreos comprise an equation that results in perfection.

A tip: Get some of the Oreos that you were to use for the spread, put them in a plastic zip bag and crush them. Top the stack with them.

  1. Reese’s Pancakes

If you love peanut butter, then this recipe will surely be up your alley. Although the batter itself contains cocoa and chocolate chips, the famous Reese’s are reserved for the syrup. Be careful, though, the peanut butter cups should be stirred into the pan only after you’ve turned the heat off.

A tip: Get some extra Reese’s (the smallest ones) and use them to top each stack for the ultimate Reese’s pleasure.

  1. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes

Well, we have all been there, staring at a jar of Nutella and wondering whether to get a spoon and get it over with. Well, this recipe is an even better idea. The process of making it will require a lot of patience, though, because, let’s face it, you will be more than tempted to eat the whole Nutella jar even before you prepare the pancakes. But, be still, as another old saying goes: “Good things come to those who wait” and these are definitely worth it!

A tip: to make these beauties even more scrumptious and more fun, top them with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.

Different Pancake Shapes and Forms

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There is no shortage of pancake recipes that are unusual and fun. If you are looking for a recipe that will make everyone forget all about the old round pancake, then try one of the following ideas.

  1. Pancake Muffins

Grab your muffin tins, and instead of putting an effort of greasing and re-greasing the pan, just pour the batter into each indention of the mini muffin tin. In 15 minutes the mini muffins will be ready for you to devour.

  1. Mini Pancakes

These hotcakes, also known as silver dollars, are the cutest form in which a batter can come. they are great for parties and social gatherings, as their petite form is found irresistible.

  1. Mini Puffed Pancakes

Being bite-sized is the feature that sets these apart from the others. Although this might be perceived as both a good and a bad thing, (because you might eat one too many) the mini puffed pancakes are definitely a recipe every pancake lover should give a try to.

  1. Donut Pancakes

The last recipe for today is reserved for the fun glazed donuts. Prepare the pancakes as you usually would, and as soon as they start to cool, cut the center out of the hotcakes with a donut hole cutter, or a simple bottle cap.

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We hope that you have found a recipe that sparked your interest. Give at least one of them a try and you will see that making pancakes from scratch is no rocket science at all. Quite the contrary, if you carefully follow the individual instructions, it will be as easy as ABC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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