The Secrets to Perfect Pancakes, Including Prep Tips and Our Secret to Keeping Them Warm
It's no surprise that pancakes are a morning favorite, with their soft and cakey texture and sweet, decadent taste. But plating one serving at a time means that they won't even be warm enough to melt the all-important pat of butter by the time everyone sits down to breakfast. And if you cover the platter with foil, the pancakes will steam, becoming limp and losing their deliciously crisp edges. There is a solution to this problem, though: We have a failproof method for keeping pancakes warm until you're ready to eat. Plus, we're sharing a few other tips and tricks that'll help you create the perfect stack of pancakes every single time.
Start with Fresh Ingredients
Just like in any other dish, fresh ingredients are a pivotal factor in producing tasty pancakes. While eggs and milk might have a more obvious expiration date, ensuring your leavening agent, baking powder, is fresh is important in creating this fluffy breakfast dish. A trick to make sure you're working with a fresh box is to spoon some baking powder into a small bowl of warm water. If the combination begins to bubble, then you know it's still good to use.
Make a Uniform Shape
One of the most difficult aspects of making pancakes is creating consistent circles. We recommend using an ice cream scoop to measure the batter and place it onto the hot griddle. This allows for a carefully proportioned amount every time, and easy to make rounds.
Never Press Down
While making your fluffy disks it might be tempting to use your spatula to press down and flatten the cake (we know, that sizzle is so satisfying). That being said, it's important to avoid doing this as it gets rid of the natural air pockets, which are essential to producing a light and airy pancake.
How to Keep Your Pancakes Warm
While your first thought might be to put them in the microwave, it's not the best method. Instead, keep pancakes warm by placing them on a baking sheet or oven-safe platter in a 200-degree oven until you're ready to serve them. This temperature will keep the pancakes warm without continuing to cook them too much. Just be sure you don't leave them in the oven too long, so they still taste like they're hot off the griddle.