Hints and Tips for making Perfect Pancakes

Pancakes are very easy to make with basic store cupboard ingredients. If you have not made them before, here's my mums easy pancake recipe to get you started. I've also put together a few hints and tips for making perfect pancakes below. Enjoy the video of Joshua and I having a flipping good time making pancakes at home before bedtime.

Hints and Tips for making Perfect Pancakes

  • Don't overmix the batter. This will cause the pancakes to turn out tough. It's best to leave a few lumps and have a lighter more fluffy pancake.
  • Go easy on the oil or butter. If you have added too much pour it into a saucer and use later. Use kitchen roll to clean excess grease from the pan.
  • Get your pan at the right temperature. The heat should be moderate and water should fizz and 'dance' on the surface if you flick some into the pan.
  • The batter should be about 2mm thick in the bottom of the pan. You want it to be thin but not see-through.
  • Flip your pancake when the batter bubbles on top and there's light browning around the edges. It's okay to peek to see if they are browned on the bottom.
  • Only flip each pancake once and don't press down on the pancake while cooking. It will not speed up the cooking time and will give you a tough pancake.
  • Clean the frying pan out with a little kitchen roll between every few pancakes and re-grease. This way you're less likely to burn your pancakes.
  • Pancakes can be frozen so don't throw away any you don't eat. Wrap them in cling film and freeze them for up to 1 month.
  • If you're making pancakes ahead, stack them on a plate and cover with cling film. Pierce the film, then reheat in the microwave for 1 minute or until piping hot. 
  • Leftover pancake batter can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you have made too much batter then enjoy some for breakfast through the week!