My top tips for pancake making
I am a total pancake fiend! I eat them regularly all year round. I’ve experimented and tweaked my pancake recipes many times, and put together a fab little guide for you if you are interested (it’s at the bottom of this post). I’ve also managed to come up with ten top tips for perfect pancakes. I hope you like them.
Perfect pancake batter
Add the eggs to a well in the centre of the flour first. Spoon upright (vertical) stir from the middle with little circular movements.
Then add the milk a little at a time keeping the spoon vertical and stirring fro the middle allowing a little flour to be incorporated at a time.
Make sure your frying pan is really hot before you start.
Give it plenty of time to warm up.
The first pancake is always the worst pancake, and I think it’s because the frying pan is not usually hot enough.
So don’t worry if your first one is a flop … rest assured, the next one will be so much better.
Use butter or coconut oil
I like to use butter for the nicest tasting results.
You can choose your favourite type of fat for frying to get the best flavour for you.
Get your jug out.
Pour crepe batter into the frying pan from a jug or use a soup ladle.
Thicker batters can be dolloped in straight from the bowl using a large serving spoon.
Don’t use a flipper or fish slice until the pancake is properly cooked on one side.
Don’t pat the pancake!
Avoid lifting the edges prematurely
No sliding it around.
Your pancake will move by itself when it’s ready just with a little shake of the frying pan.
Don’t be a show off.
If you don’t know what I mean by this – you need to check out the Pancake episode of Pepper Pig.
It is really not necessary to flip pancakes up in the air.
Use a fish slice for goodness sake.
I’d rather have more pancakes to eat than a mushy mess that’s been on the ceiling or floor!
Keep them warm.
Store the pancakes on a warm plate in a low heat oven, or on a warm plate covered by an upturned mixing bowl or tea towel. This way you can all sit down together to enjoy the pancakes which will still be warm!
Offer a selection of toppings
Here are some of my faves: Natural yogurt with fresh fruit and maple syrup, Cinnamon and sugar, lemon and sugar, maple syrup, sliced banana and cinnamon. Tinned fruit, fresh fruit or defrosted from frozen are all excellent accompaniments to pancakes.
Once you have a foolproof recipe have a play…. try different types of flours, different milks, add a dollop of natural yogurt or butter milk to increase fluffiness of American pancakes. Try adding cocoa powder, or cinnamon to your batter. Let me know any winning combinations you come up with.
Kids can help.
Make sure you teach your children how to make pancakes.
The best way to do this is to get them involved every time you make them.
Let them help with weighing, stirring, ladling and flipping.
Get my pancakes guide!
I’ve written a pancake guide. It has my all time favourite go-to basic pancake recipes. They’ve been tried and tested hundreds of times by me and my girls so you know they will all work! It also has lots of serving suggestions and ways to get your children involved in helping out. Sign up to my newsletter here to get the guide.