Pancakes are a favorite breakfast staple. Making pancakes is a fun way to spend time with family or friends. There are several ways to make pancakes, and they can be fun to experiment with.
They include experimenting with the batter ingredients, flipping technique, and pan choice. The batter ingredient experiments are fun because you can make them thinner or thicker, denser or lighter depending on your taste preference.
Tastes vary greatly for pancake texture as well. Some like very thin and almost crepe-like pancakes, while others like theirs dense and hearty. Your pancake maker may also choose whether to use butter or not, and if so, what kind.
The trick to flipping a pancake is getting the shape right! Once you get the hang of it, it gets easier each time. This article will discuss how to successfully flip your pancakes every time.
Put butter on pancake
Flipping a pancake is a difficult task. Most people do not do it perfectly the first time, or the second time. Even expert pancake flippers struggle!
Before you try to flip your pancake, put some butter on it. You will need to use enough butter so that when you flip the pancake, the edges come into contact with the pan, melting the butter. This creates a delicious melted butter edge on the pancake when it is done.
Some cooks do this by putting butter in the pan before adding the batter. Once cooked, you then flip it and remove it from the pan. This gives you a nice golden brown color on the pancake due to the melted butter.
Flip when edges start to cook
When you flip a pancake, you need to do it at the right time. As mentioned before, you do not want to overload your pancake maker with too many pancakes at once.
Once the edges of the pancake start to brown and the batter starts to cook through, then it is time to flip it. If you wait too long, then it will be difficult to get it flipped without breaking it.
If you have tried to flip a pancake before and had it break into pieces, then maybe you waited a little too long to flip it! Try again and get better at recognizing when it is ready to be flipped.
When cooking pancakes for kids, try having them help with the flipping part.
Cook until browned
Once you have flipped your pancake, it is time to cook the other side. Just like with the first side, you want to make sure that you have cooked enough batter to make it a full pancake.
Once your pancake is flipped, let it cook until it is browned on the edges and no longer pale in the middle. You can check this by looking through the top of the pan at the bottom of the pancake.
This takes about 2-3 minutes per side depending on your pan. A thicker pan will take longer to heat up and cool down which will keep the pancake cooking for a shorter amount of time.
A thinner pan will heat up and cool down faster which means the pancake will have less time to cook on the other side.
Once your pancake is flipped, it is time to serve it. You can either leave it on the plate you flipped it on, or transfer it to a new plate. Either way, add some butter and syrup and you are good to go!
Some cooks like to roll the pancake up rather than leave it flat. This makes it look fancy and crispy! Either way is delicious.
Now you are ready to eat your fluffy, crispy pancake and enjoy your breakfast. Whether you cooked the pancakes for yourself or for others, they will be grateful.
And if there are any leftovers? Put them in the freezer for a quick breakfast option later! Or give them to hungry friends and family members that want to try their hand at cooking pancakes.
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Add sugar before flipping
When flipping a pancake, you can add sugar to the batter as you mix it. This will create a sugar crust on the flipped pancake that looks gorgeous and tastes delicious.
Try adding some cinnamon or pumpkin spice for seasonal flavor!
Sugar will take longer to caramelize than butter will, so make sure to cook the sugar long enough or it will taste burnt. Make sure to keep moving the pancake as it cooks so it does not stick and tear.
Once you are happy with the color of the sugar, then you can turn it over to cook the other side. Make sure your pan is well-heated before doing this!
This trick works best with plain pancakes without things such as berries or chocolate chips in them. If there is something extra in the batter, then just put less of it in to avoid it sticking to the pan.
Add fruit before flipping
A cool pancake trick is to add your fruit or filling after you flip the pancake. This way, you get a nice golden-brown surface on the pancake and the fruit does not get burned.
If you add the filling before flipping, then you would have to try to spread it out and get it cooked through before turning it over, which could lead to some issues.
Such as having a hard time getting the fruit mixed in or having burned bits of banana or lemon zest. Not nice!
By adding the filling after you flip it, you also risk having part of the filling fall out as you turn it over. By adding it before flipping, you guarantee that at least part of the filling will be embedded in the batter before cooking.
Use a spinning technique
If you are looking to master the art of flipping a pancake, then try this trick! Instead of trying to flip the whole pancake in one piece, try to spin it on the griddle first.
Once you get some of the pancake anchored onto the griddle side, then try to flip it over. If you can manage to do this, then you have successfully flipped your pancake!
The reason for doing this is because it is harder to break apart a solid pancake than a fluffy one. By trying to flip a solid pancake, you run the risk of breaking it apart which is no good.
By slowly rolling it out and eventually flipping it over, you are minimizing that risk.
Use a tossing technique
If you’re not a fan of pancakes, you may look down upon people who eat them. But let us ask you this: have you ever seen a pancake flipper?
You have not, and that is because pancake flipping is a skill many struggle with. It takes a lot of practice to get it right!
Many try to flip the pancake with a sweeping motion like you would a piece of bread. This does not work so well for pancakes.
Instead, use a tossing motion to lift and drop the pancake into the pan. Press down slightly on the pancake as you rotate it to help it settle into shape. Then, pull up on the edges and return it to its upright position.