Post # 1
Anyone have a tried-and-true delicious homemade pancake recipe?
I have tried several over the years from various sources (most on the internet) and I haven’t been impressed by any of them. Yesterday, in celebration of our snow day #2, I made chocolate chip pancakes using a recipe I found on a recipe blog that usually produces perfect recipes. But my pancakes ended up being flat and gummy – I know this has happened in the past with other homemade recipes that I’ve tried.
So if anyone can save me from my pancake-failness that would be awesome! Thanks!
Post # 3
I like to add smooshed up banana to my pankcake mix it makes it moister and there isnt that much of a banana flavor just a nice hint. I saw this tip on food network somewhere. However I definitely have had my failed recipes over the years. LOL
Post # 4
I don’t have one, but everything I have made from Smitten Kitchen has been amazing! I ran a quick search on the website and came up with this blog posting. Try it out!
blueberry pancakes + pancake 101
Post # 5
I don’t really have a pancake recipe, but when I make just the regular Bisquick Pancakes I put a good bit of sugar in it while mixing…MMM it tastes so much better 🙂 & then when I put them on the burner I put butter down first!
I’d love to see some good pancake recipes, though!
Post # 6
Thanks for the tips!
@sweetnote10 – good idea – I love banana pancakes – I bet that will definitely add some moisture and delish flavor.
@Miss Olive – I love smitten kitchen! The (failed) recipe that I used was actually from smittenkitchen but it was not the exact one you posted. I have a feeling I did something wrong to mess up the recipe that I found on there. The once you posted is different from the once I used and I have a feeling it will produce fluffier pancakes due to the baking powder – thanks 🙂 Those pictures of the blueberry pancakes look delectable!
@Less4308 – That’s a good idea too – unfortunately I was out of bisquick AND pancake mix so I had to resort to full-on homemade pancakes. I probably should keep a “backup” mix in the cupboard though!
Post # 7
So I have some thoughts –
1) Make sure you use the right recipe. The one posted on Smitten Kitchen (aka the Joy of Cooking recipe) is my family’s standby as it uses buttermilk. If you were to use skim or 2% it’d be really runny.
2) Make sure your griddle is heated up all the way (test with the water trick) and that you keep the heat consistently at medium.
3) Don’t use too much cooking spray. I really think butter is better – just a dab or two of melted butter on a pastry brush spread evenly over your pan, or else it will burn.
Post # 8
I know that this is probably cheating… but I love the bisquick pancake recipe! They always turn out amazing! And if they are a little too fluffy, just add a bit more milk! Yum!!! I use butter not spray too.
Post # 9
@lilyfaith – good point – we only have skim milk in the house – I never have buttermilk around. But maybe I’ll buy a pint or two to keep around for pancakes. Hopefully this will help them be fluffy!
Post # 10
Good idea. 🙂 It makes all the difference in the world, trust me. My mom used to make them with skim, and it might have worked if she had known enough about cooking to modify the recipe, but she never did, and they always came out runny.
By the way, just my two cents: Bisquick might get satisfactory texture, but it will never ever come close to the taste of homemade pancakes!
Post # 11
So this isn’t panckakes, it’s waffles… but the best waffles we’ve ever made (as voted by the entire gang we had over for breakfast when we made them!)
PS I have a saying that all many guys want is a girl who will make them pancakes on Saturday morning. Of course, resisting that I found a man who hates pancakes!
Post # 12
OMG , my husband and one of our friends had a 15 minute conversation last night at dinner about making the perfect pancake….my husband is still on that quest so I am going to stay tuned in to this thread 🙂
Post # 13
My Fiance loves pancakes, so I’ve been trying for some time to master them, and I think I’m getting close. My biggest tip is don’t over mix them–seriously, ONLY mix until the batter just comes together, its totally fine if there are lumps of floury bits. Thats been the hardest thing for me to do, but it really makes them turn out better. Overmixing is the fastest route to flat, gummy, un-fluffy pancakes.
I use a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, it calls for buttermilk, but I actually find it to be a better texture (not too thick) when I use ‘faux’ buttermilk (1 Tbsp lemon juice mixed with 1 cup milk). I have used another recipe though that comes out too thin when I use my substitute. You might just need to cut back a tad on the liquid in some recipes if you use buttermilk substitute, but its very convenient, and tastes virtually the same.
One other thing I’ve found that helps is to turn down the temp of my griddle a bit, letting the pancakes cook a little longer. This seems to let them get more ‘lift’.
We too enjoyed pancakes during one of our snow days. Yum!