There’s nothing like a fluffy stack of pancakes, gently kissed with melted butter and drizzled with real maple syrup. If your pancakes could use an upgrade, make sure you’re following best practices, and try these expert tips for making the best pancakes ever!
Use fresh baking soda
I don’t know about you but I tend to leave my baking soda in the fridge and then forget about it. I can’t even tell you how long it’s been in there. I had no idea that the older your baking soda is, the less effective it becomes. In fact, after six months, it loses its effectiveness altogether. Baking soda is responsible for making your pancakes fluffy. Old baking soda = sad, limp pancakes. Make sure your baking soda is fresh!
Using buttermilk instead of regular milk also increases the fluff factor in your pancakes. This is because the acids in the buttermilk react with the baking soda to boost fluffiness.
Use REAL maple syrup
I might be biased because I come from the land of maple syrup, but it really does make all the difference in your pancake experience. Whether you’re making regular pancakes, buttermilk pancakes or crepes, real maple syrup adds a rich and unmistakable flavor. Regular syrup, which doesn’t come from the maple tree and is basically flavored sugar, just can’t compete!
Mixing your batter too much can make your pancakes chewy instead of fluffy. You only need to mix the ingredients until they are just blended, and don’t be afraid of lumps!
Add fruit and chocolate at the right time
Don’t add berries or chocolate chips to the batter too soon or they could burn before your pancake batter is fully cooked. Pour the batter into the pan, then wait a moment before adding
Know when to flip
Do not flip your pancakes until bubbles form on the top and stay there! If you flip too soon, you run the risk of undercooking your pancakes.
Making pancakes with your kids is even more fun when you can let your creativity run wild. You can make some pretty cool pancake art by putting your pancake batter into a squeeze bottle, then ‘drawing’ with the batter directly into the pan. The batter that goes on first will be darkest when you are done, so keep that in mind when creating your designs. Here’s some inspiration to get you started: Pancake Art: 10 Cool Breakfast Designs to Try at Home .
Try their thinner cousin
Crepes are an excellent upgrade from the traditional pancake and they are super easy to make. Crepes are also wonderful because you can stuff them with sweet or savory fillings, making them extra impressive. They’re like pancake burritos! Try this basic crepe recipe from Martha Stewart: Simple Crepes.
Try these tips for making the best pancakes of your life and let us know how it goes. Share your tips in the comments below and be sure to download Luvo’s 7-day meal and fitness plan for more nutrition tips and recipes.