Pancakes are not only delicious, they also make a hearty breakfast for the family. You can please all tastes with a versatile range of toppings from fruit compote and yoghurt to maple syrup with a side of bacon.
Before you cook: Prepare your equipment and ingredients first for a successful batch of appetizing pancakes.
- Set of measuring cups
- Set of measuring spoons
- Crepe pan or wide frying pan
- Pastry brush to spread butter
- Whisk or electric egg beater
- Medium – large mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowl
- Pancake spatula
- Serving plate
- 1c flour
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp Butter or Margarine, melted
- 1 ¼ c milk
- 1 large egg
- Butter, oil or cooking spray for pan
- Put sugar, flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl and mix together using the whisk.
- In a separate bowl combine milk, melted butter and egg using electric beater.
- Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and combine with beater or whisk.
- Rest batter for about 10 minutes – important!
- Heat pan over medium heat, and brush lightly with butter/oil.
- Scoop ¼ cup of batter and pour onto pan.
- When top becomes bubbly, flip pancake using wide spatula.
- Cook until sides of pancake become bubbly – remove from pan and keep warm while you cook the rest, or eat!
- Continue until batter is finished, adding more oil or butter when pan becomes dry.
Mistakes to avoid:
Too much mixing:
Stop mixing as soon as the liquid and dry ingredients are combined. Over-mixing leads to overdevelopment of gluten, leaving a sticky pancake.
The wrong temperature pan
Too hot or not hot enough makes a difference to the cooking. Too high and the bottoms will burn while the middle remains raw, not hot enough and the pancake will absorb the oil and become greasy. The right temperature is hot but not smoking. Test with a small amount of batter.
Cooking too soon
If the batter isn’t rested, the pancakes will be thicker and lack the fluffiness we all love.
Don’t flip until the entire top of the pancake has bubbles, likewise on the other side wait until the bubbles on the side are even. Only flip each pancake once, even if you are really good at it.
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