How to Make Fluffy Pancakes
Fluffy, golden-brown pancakes that are soft and pillowy on the inside, and crispy on the edges, are a breakfast staple that never fails to delight.
This irresistible pancake recipe will indulge your senses in a delectable symphony of fluffy clouds of golden goodness with a tantalizing aroma of freshly cooked pancakes.
Tips for making fluffy pancakes
Use buttermilk: Buttermilk helps create a tender and light texture in pancakes. The acidity in buttermilk reacts with the leavening agents, such as baking powder, resulting in extra fluffiness.
Use baking powder: Baking powder is a key ingredient for achieving fluffy pancakes. It creates air bubbles in the batter, causing the pancakes to rise and become light and airy.
Control the heat: Use medium-low to medium heat when cooking your pancakes. High heat can cause the pancakes to brown too quickly on the outside while remaining undercooked inside. A moderate heat ensures even cooking and a golden brown color.
Flip only once: Flip the pancake only when you see bubbles forming on the surface and the edges look set. Cook for another minute or so on the other side. Flipping too early or multiple times can deflate the pancakes and hinder their fluffiness.
Avoid pressing down on the pancakes: While cooking, resist the urge to press down on the pancakes with your spatula. This can result in denser pancakes. Allow them to cook undisturbed for the best fluffiness.
Use a light touch: When pouring the batter onto the griddle or pan, use a gentle hand. Avoid pouring the batter from too high, as it can prevent the pancakes from rising properly.
Keep the pan clean: Wipe the pan clean between batches to prevent any excess oil or burned bits from affecting the cooking process. A clean pan helps ensure even heat distribution and consistent results.
1 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
Pure maple syrup
Combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt in a large bowl, whisking them together for approximately 30 seconds until they are well mixed.
Next, separate the eggs, placing the egg whites in a small bowl and transferring the egg yolks to a medium-sized bowl.
Add vegetable oil or melted and cooled unsalted butter to the egg yolks and whisk them together until they are combined.
Add buttermilk into the mixture keeping in mind that the butter might form small lumps, especially if the milk is very cold.
Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until they are just combined, ensuring there are no large dry patches of flour remaining. The batter will appear thin and lumpy, but that's perfectly fine.
Lightly whisk the egg whites to break them up, and then add them to the batter, gently whisking until they are just combined. Don't overmix the batter, overmixing can lead to dense and tough pancakes.
Allow the batter to sit at room temperature for approximately 10 minutes, until it becomes noticeably puffy and thick. This resting time allows the leavening agents to activate and the gluten to relax, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat then stir the batter gently to remove any large air bubbles.
In batches, scoop ¼-cup portions of batter onto the griddle. Cook the pancakes until the underside is golden brown and the edges appear matte, with bubbles forming on the top surface. This should take approximately 3 minutes.
Flip the pancakes and cook for about 2 minutes on the other side until it turns golden brown as well.
Transfer the cooked pancakes to plates or keep them warm by placing them on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250° for up to 30 minutes.
Serve the pancakes as preferred; can be with honey, maple syrup or butter. Pancakes are at their fluffiest and most enjoyable when served immediately.
Whether you're enjoying a lazy Sunday brunch with family or in need of a quick weekday breakfast, there's nothing quite like a stack of warm, syrupy pancakes to start your day off right. With every luscious bite, these pancakes offer a delicate balance between melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and a subtle hint of sweetness, making them the best breakfast option.