Pancakes: A How To
With Mother’s Day right around the corner you’re probably looking for ways to pamper your mom. Well what better way than breakfast in bed? Even better, pancakes in bed! Who doesn’t love pancakes? Once you get the recipe right you can dress them up or dress them down depending on your mood. The simplest way to make pancakes is to buy the mix from the store. If you feel industrious I suggest the recipe on foodnetwork.com for a from scratch pancake.
Once you buy your mix turn it into batter (Skip this part if you made the batter from scratch). I find that the best way is to measure out your mix according to the instructions then add an egg and the water recommended in the instructions. This makes them just fluffy enough but not too dense like cake. Just add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together to create the batter. Mix until your batter is fairly smooth and a little runny. You don’t want it as thick as cake batter but not as thin as water either. You want it in between. Take a lesson from Goldie Locks, juuuuuuuuuust right.
A few of my favorite mix in’s are berries, chocolate chips, canned pumpkin, maple syrup with cinnamon and nutmeg, or strawberries and banannas. Play around with things and decide which flavor is your favorite.
I use a ladle to scoop the batter out into portions on my pre-heated griddle. I love making pancakes on an electric griddle because it makes it easier. I scoop the batter out and gently pour it onto the griddle top. Then the waiting game begins. Let the pancake show you when it’s ready. It will begin solidifying and the edges will rise. It will begin to have a more solid consistency then the batter. Watch for the bubbles in the top of the pancakes. As these become more frequent it’s almost time to flip them. When the top looks pitted becuase of the bubbles and you can slide your flat spatula underneath the pancake it’s time. This will take about 3 minutes. Gently lift the pancake off the griddle and with a quick wrist flip, turn the pancake over. Don’t worry if you don’t flip it right onto the bottom just let the pancake rest there and it will be a “unique” shaped one.
Let the pancake rest for a few more minutes, about 2 on this side. The pancake will rise more. If you want them flatter then just press your spatula onto the top of them to release the air and flatten them out. When the edges are solid, the middle feels solid when poked, and you can slide your spatula underneath lift it off. Just stack them up on a plate and enjoy.
If you burn a couple or flip some to early don’t worry. The first one is always the taste tester. You have to make sure it’s not poisonous 😉