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Pancakes are a traditional breakfast treat that are easy to make. Once you get the basic recipe down, you can start experimenting and putting your own spin on these breakfast-time favorites.
The following ingredients will make about 8-10 inch (25 cm) pancakes (more or fewer, depending on the size); you may change the amounts of ingredients according to the number you wish to serve:XResearch source
- 2 cups (18oz/510g) self-rising or all-purpose flour (See tips below)
- 2 or 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups (350ml) of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of butter or vegetable oil
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- A pinch of salt.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Recipe for Pancakes
- 1Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat until creamy. Add in the dry ingredients (excluding the salt and baking soda if using self-rising flour). Do not stir mixture at this point!
- 2Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Make sure that it's completely melted; about a minute is sufficient.Advertisement
- 3Add the butter and milk to the mix. Stir gently, leaving some small clumps of dry ingredients in the batter. Do not blend until completely smooth. If your batter is smooth, your pancakes will be tough and flat as opposed to fluffy.
- If using vanilla extract, you can add it to the mix alongside the butter and milk.
- 4Heat the frying pan to a medium low flame. If you have an initial "pancake" setting on your stove, use that. Be sure to use non-stick spray, or a pat of butter so the pancakes won't stick.
- 5Sprinkle a few flecks of water onto your pan. If it 'dances', or jumps from the pan with a sizzle, the pan is ready for the batter.
- 6Pour about 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup batter from the tip of a large spoon or from a pitcher onto the hot griddle or greased frying pan. The amount you pour will decide the final size of your pancakes. It is best to begin with less batter, and then slowly pour more batter onto the pan to increase the pancake size.
- 7Cook for about two minutes or until the pancake is golden. You should see bubbles form and then pop around the edges. When the bubbles at the edge of the batter pop and a hole is left that does not immediately close up, flip the cake gently.XResearch source
- 8Cook the other side until golden and remove. Want a deeper color? Repeat the steps for another thirty seconds per side until the pancake is done enough for your tastes.
- 9Enjoy! Try adding butter, peanut butter, syrup, jelly, chocolate chips, cookies, candy crumbles or fruit to your pancakes for a different, more exciting flavor. The varieties are endless. These are the most delectable pancakes you will ever taste.
Method 2Method 2 of 2:More Varieties of Pancakes
- 1Make rainbow pancakes. Looking for a colorful twist to your pancakes? Rainbow pancakes are the way to go! They are quick, easy, and fun to make. Little ones enjoy the beautiful colors added in their pancakes for a lovely 'rainbow'.
- 2Make fluffy pancakes. Having delicious fluffy pancakes that look like a pillow are one of the best pancakes out there. Finishing off with rich maple syrup will make your pancakes the bomb!
- 3Try a variety of fruit pancakes. They are many types of fruit pancakes to try from and do make your breakfast a hint healthier. Examples can be such as blueberry pancakes, apple pancakes, and even pear pancakes. Find your favorite!
- 4Make Bisquick mix pancakes. If you're not in the mood to make your yummy breakfast from scratch, grab your Bisquick mix box and whip some tasty pancakes that taste nearly homemade.
- 5Make buttermilk pancakes. Sometimes using what you have on hand can make something taste so good, and in this case, buttermilk. Buttermilk pancakes are faster to make so they are perfect for moving-on morning rushes.XResearch source Cook these pancakes with close eye and top them off with anything you desire.
- 6Make basic pancakes. You don't always have to carry on a bunch of ingredients to make something so good such as pancakes. Make easy pancakes that you and everyone else will love.
- 7Make Mickey Mouse pancakes. They're cute, easy, and super yummy. Kids will enjoy these pancakes if they are a big Disney fan!
- QuestionWhat can I do to make my pancakes fluffier?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerTake care not to over-mix the batter, which can toughen up your pancakes. Stop mixing while the batter still has some small lumps in it. You can also increase the fluff by letting the batter rest for at least 15 minutes before cooking. Make sure you see bubbles in the pancake before you flip it, and avoid flipping more than once!
- QuestionHow can I make pancakes if I don’t have baking powder?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerYou can make a baking powder substitute by mixing baking soda with cream of tartar. Use ½ teaspoon cream of tartar and ¼ teaspoon baking soda for every 1 teaspoon of baking powder in the recipe. If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can mix baking soda with a small amount of lemon juice. Just be aware that this will make your pancakes a little tart!
- QuestionCan you use water to make pancakes?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerYes, you can substitute water for milk. The pancakes might not be as flavorful, but you can make up for the missing flavor by adding other ingredients, like a splash of juice, pieces of fruit, or a little vanilla extract.
- QuestionCan we pour strawberry syrup into the pancake batter?Community AnswerWhile it's possible to do so, the problem is that you may unbalance the recipe ingredient amounts, which have been carefully chosen and suggested because they work in the amounts given. Syrup adds more liquid and sugar, which may cause runnier pancakes that burn more easily. The best bet is to drizzle the strawberry syrup over the finished pancakes, as that is really the most enjoyable way to have syrup which exists to be a topping.
- QuestionHow do I make a pancake more enjoyable for my kids?Community AnswerTry adding fun toppings, like powdered sugar, nutella, syrup, jam, sprinkles, etc.
- QuestionHow do I keep pancakes from burning on one side?Community AnswerLower the heat, and be ready to remove the pancake from the skillet when done.
- QuestionCan I add cocoa powder to the batter?Community AnswerSee How to Make Chocolate Flavored Pancakes for a recipe that includes adding cocoa to the batter.
- QuestionCan I eat pancakes with Cool Whip?Community AnswerYes, as long as you're able to eat Cool Whip without any problems, then it will go just fine with pancakes.
- QuestionCan I make eggless pancakes?Community AnswerYes, you can. See How to Make Eggless Pancakes, for details on what to do.
- QuestionWhat kind of milk is needed for pancakes?Community AnswerOrdinary milk works fine (full-fat or low-fat). Or, you could use buttermilk for a richer texture and flavor, see the recipe for How to Make Buttermilk Pancakes for more details.
- Try adding ingredients to your batter instead of topping your pancakes with them. A few ideas include chocolate chips (milk or dark), bits of fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries or cherries, etc.), crisp bacon bits, a little grated cheese, your favorite nuts, or different spices such as cinnamon.
- It is helpful if you stay near the stove when the pancake is cooking so it doesn't burn up.
- If you want to make red velvet pancakes, you can add cocoa powder and red food coloring to the pancake batter.
- If you want it to be really sweet, add syrup, chocolate-hazelnut spread, sugar, chocolate sprinkles, or honey to the finished pancakes. You could also try making a simple raspberry coulis or strawberry syrup for something different to top your pancakes.
- Make thin mini pancakes and create sandwiches with cheese, jam, chocolate, fruits, or candy in between for yummy snack bites.
- Try putting cinnamon sugar on the pancake while it is in the pan. After it is finished cooking, roll it up, and serve it as a "mock crepe" for a delicious treat.
- Use a clean, recycled ketchup bottle to mix and pour pancake batter without making a mess.XResearch source
- On Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday), pancakes are eaten because they primarily feature sugar, fat, and flour, which are all restricted during the fasting of Lent.XResearch source
- As there are many cultures in which pancakes are made, there are many different recipes. Some things to experiment with include:
- Using beer or sparkling water along with the milk will give it a slightly different taste. In the case of beer, the addition will also make it rise better if you're not using baking powder.
- The ratio between the fluids (milk, sparkling water, beer) and the solids (flour) determines whether the pancake will be thin (more like a French crepe) or thick (more like an American style pancake) so experiment until you find the recipe that you like most.
- If you don't want the pancakes to stick to the pan, you can also put in sunflower oil. This oil has a higher burning temperature (smoke point) than butter so it is better suited for use in hot pans.
- For a very fluffy pancake, use vanilla-flavored or fruit-flavored yogurt mixed with water for your liquid portion.
- Try low carb pancakes. You can use high protein powders and egg or egg whites to significantly lower the number of carbs.
- Do not press down on pancakes while cooking. Doing so prevents them from getting fluffy.
- Do not stack pancakes on top of each other as that will cause them to drape from the steam and make them soggy.
Things You'll Need
- Bowls for mixing
- Tool shaker or a whisker
- Flat pan or teflon
- Measuring cup or glass
About This Article
"To begin making pancakes, beat 3 eggs in a large bowl until they’re creamy. Then, add 2 cups (280 grams) of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 5 tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt to the egg mixture. Then, pour 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 1/2 cups (375 milliliters) of milk into the bowl and stir all the ingredients together. Next, pour a spoonful of the batter into a pan on medium-low heat, cook each side for 2 minutes and serve."