Fluffy Pancakes

Pancakes. Some like ‘em fluffy, some like ‘em dense. Some like ‘em thin, some like ‘em thick. Most don’t know how to cook them without burning them or making them dry. I am here to help.

As in most cases, I don’t have my own magical ingredient or recipe; rather, the cooking method/steps are what make the difference.

Over the weekend, I really wanted to make pancakes because I hadn’t had them in a while. I asked my nifty Google Home Mini for an “easy pancake recipe” and Google-robot-woman guided me through this recipe from AllRecipes.

On a side note, I hadn’t used my Google Home Mini for cooking up until this weekend. I recall seeing advertisements of it mentioning how useful it is in the kitchen but I didn’t think much of it. Until I left my phone upstairs and was too lazy to go back upstairs to get it. So I Hey Google’d it and was VERY pleased. It gives you the option of skipping the ingredients list/prep, and it pauses after each ingredient to give you time to measure/grab it and also after each step. I wouldn’t always rely on it because I like to read ahead to be better prepared and understand what’s going on, but it is not a terrible option. I wish Google paid me to advertise for them but let’s face it. They don’t need me to advertise for them.

I decided to try something new and film the general process rather than type it out.

Some things to note:

  • The two teaspoons of baking powder are what help the pancakes fluff up a lot. You’ll notice the batter get more dense and thick as time goes by.

  • Stirring and folding with a spatula helps prevent whisking too much air into the batter.

  • Using a cast-iron pan is great because of how evenly they heat up as well as their ability to retain heat—all allowing the pancake to cook through more evenly. These ones from Amazon are affordable and great quality (Lodge is a well-known cast-iron cookware brand).

  • Set the stove to a lower heat setting (not shown in the video, but I used 3 out of 10). Cooking them slowly helps them cook through evenly without burning. You’ll get a nice golden-brown color this way as well.

  • Wait to flip the pancake once bubbles have formed all throughout the top of the uncooked side of the pancake.

  • Don’t drizzle as much honey as i did because 1) diabetes, and 2) unnecessary.

I hope to post more often, but sometimes I don’t know what to cook/share.

Anyway, that is all, my friends. Enjoy!!!