How to make perfect pancakes

I make pancakes every weekend, and on an occasional weekday if the kids beg hard. Sometimes I make my own batter, but most of the time I use Aunt Jemima Complete mix – just add water!

I’ve learned a few useful things over the years:

  • Whether you’re using an electric griddle or a pan, let it preheat for a long time. You want the heat evenly distributed across the whole surface, and you don’t want the temperature to change while you’re in the middle of cooking.
  • Don’t mix your batter too much, just enough to get everything incorporated and most of the lumps gone.
  • After mixing, let the batter sit for at least ten minutes. Bubbles should form on the top.
  • Use vegetable oil to grease the pan. Butter will burn, and olive oil will taste funny.
  • Serve the pancakes immediately. You can keep them warm for a short period of time in a 200 degree oven, but they’re best if eaten right away.
  • Take the syrup out as soon as possible so that it can come to room temperature. Don’t warm it up – it gets too runny.

And now, how to make perfect pancakes!

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  1. says

    I have a little special “as seen on TV” pancake maker. I covet your griddle! ANd the insistent kitty – and the siren only added flavor to the video – you were SO focussed!! That’s how I know you’re a mom – you have learned to filter. Me I’d be saying – “That was my cat” – and “There goes the neighborhood” things like that – I also covet your focus!! God Bless.

    • says

      @Craig: I’ve had that griddle forever! It wasn’t very expensive (under $40, I think?), and I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it. BTW, I’ve been testing out As Seen On TV products for a couple weeks – I’d love to know how your pancake maker works!

  2. says

    It’s kind of a hinged double griddle – you pour the batter in the bottom – then when it’s time to flip, you close the top part of the double griddle thing and turn it over – perfect circles every time – but you can only do one at a time – not very practical for a family – if you google “perfect pancake” they have a site. Anyway – still impressed with your focus ツ

  3. says

    As I was watching this post, my cats were laying on the bed with me. Once your kitty started bawling in the background, Bailey (who is CONSTANTLY “cleaning” himself) stopped and looked around the room to figure out where it was coming from. I giggled. Thanks. Oh…and I am a crazy pancaker. I add different stuff every time. I like the sprinkles idea. I’m going to have to steal it.

    • says

      @Elle: That’s hilarious! She never shuts up when I’m filming something. Steal anything you want – I highly recommend the banana/peanut butter chip/chocolate chip combo.

  4. Sonny says

    Nice video. When I make pancakes from scratch I made what I call dutch pancakes without baking powder so then are flat and dense. they are supposed to be small around the size of an eisenhauer dollar coin but I made them as large as I could.

  5. Klara says

    it looked so delicious, so i decided to give it a try… but it was not so fine as i expected…maybe i did something wrong… did anyone else made it?

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