How to Make Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes Every Single Time
Warm fluffy pancakes are a welcome and marvelously delicious addition to the breakfast line-up, any way you slice it. No wonder we tend to serve them in stacks — who could possibly limit themselves to just one?
The enduring popularity of pancakes is in part because they are so easy and fuss-free to make. Furthermore, you can use virtually any ingredient out there for their preparation. Yeast-based or kefir-based, plain, sweet, or savory — there’s something for everyone. Not to mention the array of pancake toppings, such as fresh fruit and berries, nuts, jam, jelly, honey, butter, peanut butter, chocolate spread, syrup, yogurt, sour cream…
Unfortunately, many recipes don’t always yield the expected result. True, your pancakes may have turned out pretty decent: sweet, delicious, and aromatic, but there’s still one thing missing: fluffiness. Often we are unaware of the seemingly insignificant factors that affect the result. Jump below to see if you tend to make any of these common mistakes when trying to whip up perfect pancakes.
10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pancakes
1. Simply Pouring Oil In the Pan
To ensure even heating, you must evenly coat the surface of your cooking pan with oil. After you’ve poured oil in, wipe the pan with a paper towel, or use a pastry brush to spread it evenly over the surface.
2. Overbeating the Batter
Whisk the batter until the ingredients are just combined. Overbeating will result in the expansion of gluten, which, in turn, is a sure way to turn pancakes gummy.
3. Adding Too Many Mix-Ins
Exploring different flavors is good and all, but too many mix-ins won’t let the batter rise properly during frying. Two tablespoons of chopped bananas, frozen berries, or chocolates are enough per pancake, but add them after pouring in the dough. Be sure to try adding some coconut — it will give the pancakes an exotic flavor and unusual texture.
4. Flipping Your Pancakes Too Soon or Too Late
Flipping your pancakes too soon will likely result in you having to flip them again, and overeager flipping affects the fluffiness. On a similar note, if you miss the perfect moment, your pancake will burn. Tip: flip over as soon as bubbles on the surface begin to burst! One flip should do the trick.
5. Preparing the Batter in Advance
Although it is tempting to mix the batter the night before, if you want your pancakes to be fluffy, avoid doing that at all costs. Baking powder starts reacting as soon as you make the batter, so don’t delay starting on your pancakes — this will produce significantly lighter, fluffier pancakes.
6. Not Letting the Batter Rest
Yes, it is best not to let the batter sit too long before using it. However, pouring it right into the pan is a mistake, as well. Making sure your batter rest for five minutes will do wonders for your pancakes, as it will give the gluten time to settle down.
7. Using the Wrong Pan
Electric pancake griddle owners are a lucky bunch: the device itself maintains the appropriate temperature and ensures even heat distribution. The rest of us should use a flat cast-iron frying pan or a ceramic pancake pan for pancake-making.
8. Not Adding Salt and Sugar
If you’re wary of adding salt due to the saltiness of the baking powder, know that a touch of it is crucial for diluting the batter and bringing the flavors together. Sugar, on the other hand, caramelizes during frying, forming a delicious crust on the surface of your pancakes.
9. Not Using Buttermilk
More often than not, recipes for fluffy pancakes feature buttermilk. Do not replace it with milk! Buttermilk reacts better with baking powder, thus giving more fluffiness to your pancakes. If you’re fresh out of the essential ingredient, replace it with a mix of several tablespoons of mayonnaise, eggs, and sunflower oil. Success guaranteed!
10. Overloading the Pan
Make sure not to overload the pan, even if it means you are bound to spend more time at the stove. Too many pancakes on a pan make it difficult for them to cook evenly. Moreover, the batter can merge and form one big mess of a pancake instead of perfect and fluffy smaller ones.
Now that you know how to make perfectly fluffy pancakes, you can try making a few batches to hone your technique and then surprise your loved ones with wonderfully fluffy pancakes at the next brunch. We hope you found this article useful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.