3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Pancakes

You followed the recipe perfectly, but something is wrong. You’ve tried all of your grandmother’s tricks to get the perfect light, fluffy pancake and still they seem tough and chewy. Don’t worry, it happens even to the best of us. Here are few tips that can help to make any pancake a hit at the breakfast table.

pancakes-spruce-upThe first tip is something that most people may never think about. That is, to beat your egg-whites. Before mixing your wet ingredients together, separate the egg-yolks from the egg-whites. Mix the yolks in with the other wet ingredients, but save the egg-whites in a separate bowl. Beat the egg-whites until stiff peaks form.

After you have combined the other wet and dry ingredients, gently fold the egg-whites into the batter. Start cooking right away to get the fluffiest pancakes possible. If you do not have an egg-beater, you could also try replacing some of the liquid in your recipe with a carbonated beverage. Carbonated water, beer, or ginger ale are all good options, and the carbonation will add fluffiness.

Another trick is to exercise patience. After flipping your pancakes and smelling that wonderful aroma, you may be sorely tempted to press them down to force them to cook faster. DO NOT press down your pancakes while they cook. It will not help them cook any faster than usual. In fact, this will counteract any measures you have taken to make them fluffy and you will end up with rubbery flapjacks.

pancake-deliciousNow that you have light and fluffy pancakes, the only problem is keeping them warm until you can eat them. No one likes a cold hotcake. If you cannot serve them in small portions as they finish cooking, you can keep them warm by placing them in the oven. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, making sure the oven is warm but not too hot. Never cover or stack them, as the steam will make them soggy.

If you follow these guidelines you should have no problem creating the perfect pancake every time. To improve your cakes even more, you could try getting a little creative. For starters, why not oil some metal cookie cutters and pour the batter into these to make shaped pancakes? Or maybe you could experiment with adding chocolate chips, or fruits to your batter. The possibilities are limitless, so don’t be afraid to experiment.