How To: Make Pancakes
Weekend mornings are made for pancakes, but getting them to turn out just right can be stressful―especially when you’re cooking for a crowd. Whether you’re starting from scratch or using a mix, try the simple how-tos in this video for perfect pancakes.
Leisurely weekend mornings are made for fabulous brunches with homemade pancakes, crisp bacon, and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. But if you don’t know how to make pancakes, the process may be a bit more stressful than delightful—especially if you’re cooking for a crowd of hungry pancakes fans. Here, our editor show you how to make pancakes step-by-step. You can use this guide on how to cook pancakes with pre-made mixes like our Pancake Mix, or any favorite pancakes recipes. These Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Maple Syrup are always a hit, as are classic Buttermilk Pancakes.
What You Need
- whisk, two mixing bowls, pan or griddle, vegetable oil, ladle or measuring cup, large spoon, spatula
Follow These Steps
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar
In a medium-size mixing bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together your dry ingredients (or follow directions for premade pancake mix).
- Mix milk, eggs, and oil
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, vegetable oil, or melted butter) until the egg is broken up (this will prevent overmixing in the next step).
- Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir them together until you stop seeing flour. Remember to not overmix, which makes the batter tough.
Tip: Keep a few lumps in your batter to keep the pancakes tender.
- Pre-heat the pan or skillet
Turn your stove to medium-high heat and place a large skillet or griddle on the burner.
Tip: To test for temperature, sprinkle a few drops of water on the pan. It’s hot enough when the droplets bubble up and evaporate.
- Add oil to pan
Moisten a paper towel with vegetable oil and use it to lightly wipe the bottom of the pan. This will keep the pancakes from sticking.
- Pour the batter into the pan
For each pancake, gently pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the pan, using a ladle or a measuring cup. Use a spoon to spread the batter into a circle.
Tip: Add pancake fillings, like bananas or sliced peaches, in the circles of batter.
- Flip the pancakes when the bubbles burst
Once bubbles begin to pop in the pancake’s center, it’s ready to be turned. Insert the entire spatula under the pancake’s middle. Lift the pancake quickly about an inch off the pan’s surface and flip it over.
Tip: If you’re making pancakes for a large crowd, place them on a wire rack over a baking sheet (to prevent sogginess), and keep pancakes in the oven on low heat (approximately 200 degrees F to 225 degrees F) until you’re ready to serve.