Pancakes are a wonderful, wholesome breakfast or dessert. Kids mostly love pancakes; they are a delicious and healthy way to get fussy eaters to consume eggs and milk. Frozen pancakes can also be re-heated in a couple of minutes as a quick snack. Try using the following easy ways to make pancake with some great tips and variations tot he basic recipe. Make it ahead in a large batch and freeze the extras.
1. Important tips to make delicious pancakes
Here are some tips to help you make the best pancakes:
- Use low gluten flour- Regular bread flour tends to make pancakes chewy. Using all purpose unbleached flour can help you make softer, more delicious pancakes.
- Avoid over mixing-let the batter have lumps else you are activating the gluten in the flour that will lead to chewier pancakes.
- Prepare the girdle right– Do not overheat the girdle- keep it on medium heat. Also use light coating of shortening or aerosol vegetable spray on it. Once you pour the batter, lower the heat from medium to low.
- Use the right amount of batter– You can use a cup to measure out 1/3rd cup of batter or use a pancake dispenser for the job.
- Cook the batter for the right amount of time– You can tell when the pancake is ready to be flipped by observing the sides. The center of the batter will bubble while the edges will develop a crater.
- Keep the pancakes hot if there is time to serve them– You can heat a glass plate and place the pancakes on it covering loosely with a foil and placing the entire plate in a preheated oven at 250 F.
- Storage-You can store leftover pancake batter containing baking powder for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Avoid storing pancake batter leavened with baking soda as it tends to lose its potency overnight. Also avoid adding egg whites until you are ready to make the pancakes. You can make the basic pancake recipe, but fold in the egg whites the next morning.
- Making it before-An easy way to make pancake recipe the night before is to add baking powder to the batter. In the morning, when you make the first pancake, observe if it rises. If the first pancake does not rise, you need to sift in some more baking powder in the batter.
- For extra fluffy pancakes– add 2 egg yolks and 2 egg whites (separated) to the batter. Beat the egg whites like you do for meringues before folding it into the batter.
2. Pancake recipe without baking powder
Tools-You will need a wire whisk, a small non-stick frying pan, a saucepan, pastry brush, and a bowl for the batter.
- 225 g plain flour
- 4 large eggs
- 25 g butter
- 600 ml skimmed milk
- Using a food processor, pulse the eggs, flour and milk. In case you do not have a food processor, you can whisk the ingredients with a wire whisk.
- Melt the butter and oil in a small saucepan pan and remove from heat.
- Now, place a small frying pan on the heat. Brush it with the melted fat.
- Pour a little batter on the pan. Swirl around till the small pan is coated with batter. Cook for a few minutes until the lower side is golden brown. Then flip and cook on the other side, 40-60 seconds.
- This recipe will yield 15 pancakes.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
3. Pancake rollups recipe
If you are looking for different ways to make pancakes, then you will love this recipe. This is an ideal snack on the go or for morning rush hours.Use the above recipe to make basic pancakes. Apply hazelnut or chocolate spread or strawberry jam or jelly. Fold and roll the two sides and wrap in a foil for kid’s lunch box or even freeze it up to a month.
4. Buttermilk pancake mix recipe
This is a wonderful storable recipe that you can take along camping and make fresh pancakes.
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- Sugar-1/4 cup
- ½ cup dry buttermilk powder (available in grocery store in the dry milk section)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients and whisk together. Store in a sealable container.
When making the pancakes: take the dry mix in a bowl. To every 1 ½ cups mix, add one egg and 2/3 cup water. Add 1½ tbsp melted butter or oil. You might need to add some more oil and water if the mixture is dry to make batter consistency.
5. Whole wheat pancakes mix recipe
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup buttermilk powder
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp sugar
Mix all ingredients and store in a sealable container.
When making pancakes, add one egg, and 1 ½ tbsp melted butter or oil to every 1 to 1 ½ cups of mix. Also add 2/3 cup water. Add a little more water if the mixture seems dry.
(Tip: For healthier, low-carb version of basic pancakes, add 1 cup of oat bran or wheat bran to 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Also use Splenda in place of sugar. Add 2 large eggs to substitute for the carbs and also use canola oil in place of butter).
6. Idaho potato pancakes recipe
This is an easy-to-make pancake recipe with a twist on days you want something different.
- Basic pancake recipe ingredients (milk, eggs, flour, baking powder)
- 4 cups shredded potatoes
- 1 medium onion shredded
- Salt-pepper to taste
- Mix onions and potatoes. Keep aside.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, salt pepper, milk and baking powder.
- Combine this mixture with the onions and potatoes.
- Add a dash of flour to thicken the mixture.
- Make pancakes as usual.
7. Different ways to make pancakes
- Add ¾ cup of pumpkin puree to the batter.
- Add cooked apples in butter and cinnamon as a topping. Toast some walnuts in maple syrup and spread on the pancakes.
- Add berries (blue berries, strawberries etc) to the batter of basic buttermilk pancake recipe.
- Add some peach melba (peaches and raspberries) on the pancakes.
- Add ground chopped pecans, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg powder to the pancake mix to make Southern style pecan pancakes.
So: the next time around, try these different ways to make pancakes for kids and see them gobble it down!