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I make pancakes every weekend, and on an occasional weekday if the kids beg hard. Sometimes I make my own batter, but most of the time I use Aunt Jemima Complete mix – just add water!
I’ve learned a few useful things over the years:
- Whether you’re using an electric griddle or a pan, let it preheat for a long time. You want the heat evenly distributed across the whole surface, and you don’t want the temperature to change while you’re in the middle of cooking.
- Don’t mix your batter too much, just enough to get everything incorporated and most of the lumps gone.
- After mixing, let the batter sit for at least ten minutes. Bubbles should form on the top.
- Use vegetable oil to grease the pan. Butter will burn, and olive oil will taste funny.
- Serve the pancakes immediately. You can keep them warm for a short period of time in a 200 degree oven, but they’re best if eaten right away.
- Take the syrup out as soon as possible so that it can come to room temperature. Don’t warm it up – it gets too runny.
And now, how to make perfect pancakes!
UPDATE: I’ve had a lot of questions over on YouTube about which griddle I was using. Unfortunately, I haven’t had that griddle for a long time and don’t remember! But I do remember that I paid about $25 or $30 for it, probably 20 years ago (2000-ish). So you definitely don’t need an expensive griddle to get great results!!
Prices have gone up a bit, but this electric griddle is affordable and has similar features to my old one, and is a brand I trust.
But my kids are older now, I’m on Weight Watchers, and I’m no longer making huge pancake breakfasts on weekends. Usually, it’s just my son wanting a few, and that’s hardly worth pulling out the griddle. So, I use a pan. I have this 2-piece set; the larger pan can make a good-sized pancake.
I make sure to keep the temperature right around 400 degrees F using a laser thermometer.
I’ve also used pans like these, and as long as I have my laser thermometer and let them preheat for at least 10 minutes to make sure the temperature is stable, they work great!