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Video:Tips for Making Pancakes

with Jennifer D'amore

Learn tips for making pancakes that are sure to please the entire table. Watch this video for ways to make your next batch of pancakes more delicious.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Making Pancakes

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and this video is all about tips for making pancakes. For the basic pancake, I'll be using a recipe from About.com's Southern Cooking site.

Ingredients Needed for Making Pancakes

  • 2 cups of flour. Stir or sift the flour before you measure it.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt- 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Prep Your Stove a Mix Pancake Ingredients

Set your stove to low heat to melt the butter slowly. Too much heat and the butter will brown or burn. Sift together the flour, the baking powder, sugar, and the salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and only 1 1/2 cups of milk. Add the flour and stir until it's smooth. Blend in the melted butter. If the batter seems too thick, add a little more milk.

Make Thin or Thick Pancakes Depending on Your Preference

Turn your stove up to medium heat and grease your pan or griddle with the fat of your choice. A popular choice is butter, but I like to use sesame oil, to give my pancakes a nuttier flavor. How thick or thin is a personal choice and is effected by how much additional liquid, in this case milk, is added. But whether you're making them thick or thin the key to knowing when to flip those flapjacks, is by keeping an eye on the bubbles. You want to see bubbles form and pop pretty evenly. The pancakes will also become a little dry around the edges, and even lift off the pan ever so slightly, making it easier to take a peek underneath. The first side usually only takes between two or three minutes. And the second side will cook quicker than the first.

Customize Your Pancakes

If your OCD is kicking in, or table politics are demanding that all pancakes be created at an equal size, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to dole out assembly line style consistency. If you're looking for a challenge, try personalizing each person's pancake with their initials or name. It takes a little pouring practice and sometimes experimentation with consistency to get the letters to be legible, rather than just looking like random blobby shapes, but it's worth it once you've mastered pancake penmanship.

Considering that the first side cooks more evenly, and would be what I would consider the "prettier" side of the pancake, with it's even browning, if you're really up for a challenge, you can try to write the letters backwards. Then, when you flip them, the text will be revealed and you'll see how close you came. Then again, you can always cover any pancake blemishes with a sugary cover.

Of course, there are simpler ways to please a table full of breakfast savages, and that brings me to my favorite pancake modification, and that is adding chocolate chips. Simply add it to the batter and pour.

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