With Pancake Day on February 13 we’ve put together some handy tips to make sure your pancakes stack up on Shrove Tuesday.
Pancakes are such a simple and tasty dish yet flipping difficult to master, one wrong move and they’re on the ceiling or on the floor, or they might even be completely stuck to the pan.
So how do you make the perfect pancake? Here are 10 simple tips you can follow to ensure that you end up with more food in people’s mouths than on the floor.
Follow a recipe
It may seem simple, but a lot of people will be tempted to make their batter by filling a bowl with however much flour, eggs and milk they have left in the kitchen.
Use the right pan
A good non-stick frying pan will do most of the work for you, preventing the pancakes from sticking while maintaining a consistent level of heat.
Make sure pan is piping hot
Test it by sprinkling in a few drops of water - if they sizzle it’s ready.
Don’t use too much butter
Basic, unsalted butter is the best thing to use when lubricating your pan – not only does it taste better, but it has a lower whey content and burns less easily. However, if you use too much it will quickly brown in the heat.
Sieve your flour from high above the bowl
It allows the air to get in and makes the pancakes lighter.
Don’t over-mix the batter
If you over-mix your pancake batter, it will make your pancakes chewy rather than light and fluffy.
Rest your batter
For lighter pancakes, rest the pancake batter in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Use a ladle
Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the batter into the pan and make even-size pancakes.
Do not flip the pancakes when you start to see bubbles
It’s the perfect time for flipping when the bubbles start to pop and the edges of the pancake are golden. Shake the pan to loosen the pancake, then flip it in one swift movement.
To flip, tip the pan down to a 45 degree angle, then bring it back up sharply with a flick of the wrist.
Embrace flipping failure
You will drop at least one pancake, and probably more. But once you get into the swing of things flipping will become easier and quicker.
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Read the original article on chroniclelive.co.uk.
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