Can you believe its that time of year again? Yes, it’s the day on which no one bats an eyelid if you have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It’s Shrove Tuesday a.ka. Pancake Day so get stuck into our latest blog “Tips for perfect pancakes”.
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Essentials for Perfect Pancakes
Cooking pancakes, while a delightful endeavour, can sometimes go awry due to a few common pitfalls. So, can you ensure that you have perfect pancakes every time? Easy of course, by following the followig tips for perfect pancakes!
The Right Tools
The first thing you need is to ensure you have the essential tools:
- A non-stick pancake pan or griddle. This 4 hole pan is also perfect if you are making American style pancakes;
- Pancake Flipper;
- Ladle or Pancake Batter Dispenser;
- Mixing bowl – We like this set of nesting bowls with lids. It’s stackable design is perfect to save space. It also comes with a set of measuring spoons and a whisk;
- Crepe Spreader .
Good Quality Ingredients
Always use fresh ingredients for the best results. Opt for high-quality flour, fresh eggs, and premium dairy.
Preheat your cooking surface properly. A medium heat setting allows the pancakes to cook through without burning the surface. Test a small portion of batter first to find the optimal temperature.
Perfect Batter Consistency
Achieve the right balance between thick and thin batter. If your batter is too thick it can lead to heavy pancakes. On the other hand, if the batter is too thin your pancakes (if you are going for American style) will be too flat. Don’t be afraid to adjust the liquid content until it’s just right.
Gently mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined. Don’t worry if your batter has a few lumps, these are perfectly fine and contribute to a light and fluffy texture. Overmixing can lead to tough pancakes.
Rest the Batter
We know we all want to get stuck into our delicious pancakes ASAP but WAIT! Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes before cooking. This helps the gluten relax, resulting in tender pancakes. It’s a simple step that can make a significant difference.
Use a Ladle or Pancake Batter Dispenser for consistent pancake sizes. This ensures even cooking and a uniform appearance. Pour the batter onto the non-stick pancake pan or griddle from a low height to prevent splattering.
Flipping Your Pancake
Don’t be tempted to flip the pancake over too quickly. Wait for bubbles to form on the surface before flipping. Use a spatula with a thin edge to gently flip your pancakes without disrupting the shape. Cook the other side until golden brown.
Experiment with Flavours
In our house we love plain crepes . We then have a range of fillings which we each add to our pancakes according to our individual preference. But, feel free to add a touch of vanilla, cinnamon, or citrus zest to the batter for a flavour boost. Experiment with toppings like berries, chocolate chips, or nuts for added texture and taste.
If making a batch, keep pancakes warm in a preheated oven (around 200°F or 95°C) until ready to serve. This ensures everyone gets to enjoy a hot and fresh stack.
Celebrate Pancake Day With Perfect Pancakes
Celebrate Pancake Day with these foolproof tips, and savour the joy of creating perfect pancakes every time with these foolproof tips. Happy Pancake Day!
In need of the best pancake recipe? Look no further, check out our blog post with recipes for crepes and fluffy pancakes!
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