American-style pancakes, French Crêpes, Indonesian Serabi, Irish Boxty… The classic pancake has variations from all around the world. The one thing we can agree on, however, is that the skill required to achieve the perfect pancake is not easy. A versatile food loved by everyone. Whether it’s crispy bacon, cheddar, and chive pancake, or a buttery pancake soaked in silky maple syrup, pancakes are a versatile food that is loved by everyone. Here are just a few tips to help you achieve that perfect pancake.
- You cannot make that perfect pancake without the necessary equipment, the thicker the base of the pan the better the batter will cook. Therefore since the pan is thicker, the heat will be less intense and as a result, the batter will cook slower which will help avoid burning.
- Lumps are fine! Add your wet ingredients to the dry, then mix until the flour and big lumps have disappeared. It’s okay if there are a few small lumps because the crucial thing here is to remember not to over-mix the batter. After all, you don’t want to end up with chewy pancakes…
- Don’t be discouraged if your first pancake is a flop, it takes one or two attempts before you get it right. Use the first batch as testers to see what works and then cook away!
- If you going for the thick American-style pancake, it’s important to remember that the fresher the baking powder the fluffier the pancake. If you use old or expired baking powder you will be left with flat pancakes and who wants that? We want airy fluffy pancakes that melt in your mouth.
- Don’t forget to rest! A tip most people forget is that in order to get the perfect pancake, the batter needs to rest. Depending on the recipe the resting period will differ but the average time is 30 minutes. Rest allows the gluten to relax which makes for a softer result, it’s worth the wait…
- The next tip would be to add sparkling water. I’m sure you would have never thought of adding this particular ingredient but believe it or not, it will make the pancake more airy and fluffy.
So the next time you decide to make yourself or the family some pancakes, take into account these top 6 tips to help you achieve that perfect pancake.
If you’ve mastered the pancake or would like to try something (we say) a little easier, have your go at a flapjack stack!