Don’t you hate it when your pancakes seem a bit imperfect? Also, do you think that your pancakes are not as delicious as your mothers? If the answers to these two questions are yes then this post can help you. Seeing a not perfectly round pancake can give some people the cringe of a lifetime. Also, most of the times the pancake becomes too burnt on one side. You can avoid these problems by using a pancake griddle. These griddles are easy to use and also are health friendly (you need less oil). So, here is a step by step guide on how to make pancakes from scratch in a griddle.
The first step is to gather the ingredients for making the pancakes. There are two types of ingredients mainly; dry and wet.
Dry Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt fall into this category. Take 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, half teaspoon salt and 8 to 12 teaspoons (4 to 6 tablespoons per cup) of sugar. Mix these up in a bowl.
Wet Ingredients: 1.5 to 2 cups of milk (fluffy pancake needs less milk), half teaspoons of vanilla extract, 4 to 6 tablespoons of cooled melted butter and 2 to 3 eggs.
Pro Tip: If you really want to take the troubles of making a perfect and delicious pancake then you can try out the following egg mixing method. Firstly, separate the egg yolks and the white parts. Put the egg yolks with the rest of the liquid ingredients. Now, take the white part and whisk it for 2 or 3 minutes. The white part will now become fluffy and strong.
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You need to mix all these ingredients in a proper way to get an amazingly tender and light pancake. Firstly, pour all the wet ingredients over the dry ones. Now, fold the whole thing with a spatula. Remember not to overmix. After this, take half of the egg whites and fold those in. Once you are done with this you can go to the final step of the mixing. Take the rest of the egg whites and fold those inside even more gently. Finally, the mixture for your perfect pancake is ready.
Cooking on the Griddle
The best way to make pancakes is to do it in a griddle. Electric pancake griddles are much popular nowadays and are best for making perfect pancakes.
Heating: Your griddle might have the temperature dial feature. Or it may add a simpler option like high, medium and low heat. Preheat your griddle to a temperature of 350-degree Fahrenheit or simply put it on a medium heat option. If you want your pancake to be a bit crunchy then you can add some oil before the preheating process. Pour two tablespoons of oil in the griddle and spread it. You can use a brush or a paper towel for doing this. Preheating time is generally 5 minutes. Actually, this is the time that you should give your mixture to rest.
Pouring and Placing: You can pour your batter directly from the container or by a ladle. As the pancakes are meant to be 4 to 5 inches thick in diameter, pour the batter in a small circle. Place the pancakes at least 1.5 inches apart from each other. This is suggested because it helps in the flipping process.
Flipping: Once the pancakes begin to cook, you will notice small bubbles to emerge. Once the bubbles turn into holes you can flip it. Knowing when the other side is ready is a tricky thing. This will become instinctive with experience. But for now, wait till 2 to 3 minutes and check under one corner of your pancake. If the color is brown then it is ready. You can cook the cake for additionally 2 minutes while flipping it (so that no part gets burnt).
Some Tips: If you need to cook another batch of pancakes then let the griddle rest a bit (preferably a minute or two). Griddles might get hotter with time despite the thermostat. As a solution to this, you can reduce the heat by 25 degrees or remove the pancake a minute sooner.
**All measurements given here are for four servings. You need to reduce or increase the ingredient amount if you want to make less or more pancakes.
You might try out some add-ins to increase the taste of your pancakes. Add-ins and toppings are different. Add-ins are applied when one side of the is being cooked and you are about to flip. Typical add-ins are thin banana slices, chocolate chips, flakes of apple and pear and even fresh blueberries.
Toppings and Syrups
Here comes the creativity part. You can decorate your pancakes in any way possible. You can even apply a theme to it. Generally, people try out different nuts and fruits. A popular one is to add cherry compote and roasted almonds on top of the pancakes. Another frequently used topping is strawberry and chocolates. For the syrup part, you can try out real maple. Moreover, you can add other sweeteners like honey and sorghum syrup. But you can stop anytime if you want a simpler pancake and think that these are too much.
Try to eat your pancake while it is still warm. If you keep on cooking pancakes then you will become an expert soon enough. You might even alter the ingredients a bit and find your perfect recipe. So, cook your perfect pancake and eat and serve as much as you can.