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A Pancake Primer: Tips and Tricks

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Nothing quite says Saturday morning like a stack of pancakes fresh off the griddle, dripping with butter and syrup. Add blueberries to the mix, and we’re in brunch heaven! (Or if you like them as much as we do, you can make ‘em for dinner!)

Want to know how to make the world’s best pancakes? Follow our tips and tricks, and you’ll have a plate full of delicious, light, and fluffy pancakes on the breakfast table in no time.

Measure Precisely
Like with all baked goods recipes, you’ll need to measure your ingredients precisely. We follow the dip and sweep method when measuring—dip your dry measuring cup into the dry ingredient, overfill, then use a butter knife to sweep the excess away. Adding too much or too little flour will result in a batter that is either too thick or too thin. You want the batter to be able to spread to a ¼-inch thickness once added to your griddle so it cooks evenly and all the way through.

Don’t Over-Mix
When you’re mixing together the wet and the dry ingredients, be careful not to over-mix the ingredients. Lumps are actually a good thing with pancake batter. The lumps help to make a lighter and fluffier pancake. A smooth, lump-free batter will produce a dense and doughy pancake.

Use a Ladle 
We like to use a ¼-cup sized ladle to make evenly sized pancakes.

Moderate Heat
You want your pan or griddle hot, but not so hot that the pancakes burn on the outside and stay raw and runny on the inside. We find that a moderate to medium-low heat works best to make evenly golden-brown pancakes. Don’t forget to preheat the pan for a few minutes before starting and adjust as necessary as you cook, never turning up the heat past medium.

Use a Mix of Butter and Oil 
Use a neutral oil, like canola or vegetable, and a clean paper towel to wipe the griddle down. Then, lightly brush a small amount of melted butter on for that delicious buttery taste. Don’t add too much oil—you don’t want the pancakes to fry! After each batch, wipe down the griddle, and refresh the oil and butter.

Know When to Flip
You’ll know when to flip the cake once you see bubbles form on the outer ring of the pancake. Flip too soon and you’ll end up with a pale cake; flip too late and you’ll have a charred cake.

Mixin’ and Fixin’
Add your favorite mix-ins after the pancake is already cooking on the griddle for even distribution. We like to sprinkle blueberries over the tops of our pancakes, but we also love chocolate chips, bananas, and nuts.

Super Fluffy
For the lightest and fluffiest pancakes, separate the eggs, then beat the egg whites to stiff peaks to fold into the batter. This trick keeps the pancakes light and airy.

Make Ahead (but not too far ahead!)
If you don’t own a large pancake griddle, or you’re feeding a crowd, you can make your pancakes in batches, and hold on a wire rack over a rimmed sheet tray in a 200-degree oven for up to 30 minutes. However, after that, they may begin to dry out.

To Top It Off 
We love to top our pancakes with soft butter, maple syrup, and confectioners’ sugar. And nothing beats a homemade berry sauce!

Do we have you hungry for pancakes? Paula has some great recipes for you to try! Do you have any pancake tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

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