Pancakes are a popular breakfast food. They are fairly easy to put together, but if you want them to come out great and delcious, you must follow these tips. They will ensure your pancakes are nice and fluffy, just the way they should be.
What you Need
Find a good pancake recipe. You can learn how to make pancakes here and use that recipe. It's a great basic recipe that is fool-proof as long as you follow these tips. Gather all the ingredients required in the recipe including flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, etc. You will also need two bowls, a spoon for mixing, measuring cups and spoons, a spatula, a ladle, and a griddle.
Make sure you have plenty of time to get your pancakes started. It's pretty easy to set up and cook them, but you'll have to let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes. Either factor this time into the pancake preparation, or make the batter a day ahead.
Don't Mess Up your Pancakes!
Combining the Ingredients
Mix the wet and dry ingredients seperately. Make sure the flour is sifted and the wet ingredients are well blended.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients to keep the flour from flying everywhere. Mix it gently with a spoon or whisk just enough to form a batter. A few lumps leftover in the batter means you didn't mix it too much. Too much mixing will result in tough, unappetizing pancakes.
This step will make sure your pancakes are nice and fluffy. Put the batter in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better. You can even make the batter the night before. When you're ready to use it, take it out and scoop. Do not mix the batter. This will break up all the bubbles. These bubbles are responsible for the fluffiness.
Get the griddle nice and hot to about medium high heat. Lightly grease it with butter or oil. Wipe off the excess butter with a paper towel to avoid frying the edges of the pancakes (unless you like that).
Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan with a ladle. Leave enough space in between them so that turning them over is easy.
Let each pancake cook until small bubbles form across the top of the pancake. When bubbles are even across the top, flip them over and cook for another minute. Don't press down on the pancakes or they will lose their fluffiness.
Serve hot with butter and syrup.