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How to make fluffy American pancakes.

How to make fluffy American pancakes.

American pancakes are fluffy and light.

And these American pancakes are the easiest breakfast you can make on a lazy Sunday morning for the family.

With flour, eggs, milk, sugar and baking powder you can easily whip up a large batch of the best pancakes and all you need is this fluffy pancake recipe to do it.

Cook a stack of these light American pancakes that the family can enjoy with all types of toppings.

This basic pancake recipe made with your everyday pantry staples is not only airy pancakes but also tastes like the lightest cake and holds the fluffy puffed-up shape.

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Topping ideas to try with these easy American pancake recipe.

  • My favorite as you know by now is serving with warm Jaggery syrup with melted butter mixed in. 
  • Slices of banana and a Nutella between the stacked pancakes. 
  • Any store-bought chocolate or maple syrup. 
  • Any type of fruit compote. 
  • A dusting of powdered sugar and melted butter.
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Appliances and utensils needed.

Large bowl

1/3 measuring cup

small bowl

Flat griddle or frying pan

Beginner’s tips to make the best fluffy pancakes

Pancake ingredients.

  • Before using the baking powder, please do check the date of expiry.
  • The baking powder is good for 6 months.
  • once you’ve opened the baking powder, you need to store it in an air-tight container even if you are leaving it, in its original package.
  • Always store the baking powder in a cool, dark place like in the back of your pantry cupboard.
  • Avoid storing the baking powder in the refrigerator or close to high heat areas.

Getting the correct American pancake consistency.

  • Avoid over mixing the pancake batter.
  • If you want the best fluffy pancakes then you need to keep the mixing of the pancake batter to a minimum. for this purpose, I usually use a fork to combine the pancake mix.
  • With your fork, start from the outside of the batter towards the center of the batter in the bowl, in one long swirl(or arc).
  • I try to keep these long and wide swirls to a minimum(10-15).
  • The idea is NOT TO mess with the natural air bubbles you will notice in the pancake batter and at the same time avoid making flour lumps as you combine. even if you should have a few lumps, they tend to break while the batter rests.
  • Once you make the batter, let it rest.
  • I place my pancake batter in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • I find that heat tends to have a direct effect on the batter and the cooked pancakes.
  • If your kitchen is hot(by this I mean, if you tend to sweat bucket loads as you cook)then it’s really important to keep the ingredients and batter cool.

    There are a couple of ways to do this.

Keep the ingredients(milk, eggs)in the refrigerator till you take them out to make the pancakes.

you want them cool not cold before you combine them.

Once you make the pancake batter, let it rest in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

What consistency should your pancake batter be?

The consistency of the batter should not be thin like crepe batter it should be quite thick.

Thick enough that you should be able to scoop and pour the batter without having to shake the measuring cup to get the batter onto the pan.

Making the fluffy pancakes.

  • Using 1/3rd measuring cup gives you 4″ inch in diameter pancakes that are easy to flip and handle.
  • Place your griddle, flat frying pan over the stovetop and gradually heat the pan.
  • Maintain low-medium heat as you want the pan to be hot but not too hot that the pancakes will cook fast.

The first pancake.

  • If you are making these American pancakes for the first time or teaching your kids to make them, make sure the first pancake you pour is a lesson in,
  • how to maintain steady heat.
  • pour, and when to flip them over.
  • correct the consistency of the batter while making the pancakes.

As you cook your first pancake,

  • If you notice your pancake mix is too thick, add 1/4 cup milk to loosen the batter a little.
  • If it is too thin then add flour(not more than 1/4 cup).
  • Do the wide arc swirl to quickly combine and continue to make the pancake.

More pancake recipes.

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RECIPE DIFFICULTY- LITTLE CARE NEEDED

How to make American pancakes.

Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

Makes 14 pancakes

Dry ingredients

2 cups of flour sifted

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups of milk

4 tablespoons of Sugar

2 large eggs beaten 

4 tablespoons of melted and cool butter(if you are using salted butter, please reduce the amount of salt to be added)

1 tablespoon Vanilla extract

Method

Into a large bowl, add flour(2 cups), baking powder(4 tsp) and salt(1/2 tsp). combine with a spoon.

In a separate bowl or measuring jug,
Add milk(1 and 1/2 cups), the beaten eggs(2 large), sugar(4 tbsp), vanilla(1 tbsp) and melted butter(4 tbsp, use the microwave to melt the butter 7-9 seconds). mix well.

Gradually add the wet ingredients to the flour mix and combine(please refer to beginner’s notes on how to mix batter and avoid over mixing). 

To avoid over mixing, use a fork and wide swirling movements starting from the outside of the batter towards the middle.

Once the pancake batter mix is done, refrigerate the batter for 5-10 minutes.

How to cook fluffy pancakes

Place a griddle or flat frying pan over a low-medium fire.

Take 1/3 measuring cup of batter and pour onto the pan, let it slightly spread.

Once the pancakes start cooking, you’ll notice the bubbles appearing on the surface of the pancake.

Slide your spatula underneath the pancake, check if it is done(the pancake will be lightly browned)and then before the bubbles on the top of the pancakes disappear, gently flip the pancakes over.

Let the pancake rise and cook. regulate the heat between low to medium to maintain an even temperature and cook the pancakes.

Once you are confident, make 2-3 pancakes at the same time.

Serve warm with any of the pancake serving ideas given above. 

Should you need to make a large batch, the ingredients can be doubled to give you 24-25 pancakes.

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how to make fluffy American pancakes.

how to make fluffy American pancakes.

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
How to make fluffy American pancakes.

Fluffy and light American pancakes are the easiest breakfast you can make on a lazy Sunday morning for the family.

Ingredients

  • Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
  • Makes 14 pancakes
  • 2 cups of flour sifted
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 4 tablespoons of melted and cool butter(if you are using salted butter, please reduce the amount of salt to be added).
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract

Instructions

Into a large bowl, add flour(2 cups), baking powder(4 tsp) and salt(1/2 tsp). combine with a spoon.

In a separate bowl or measuring jug,Add milk(1 and 1/2 cups), the beaten eggs(2 large), sugar(4 tbsp), vanilla(1 tbsp) and melted butter(4 tbsp, use the microwave to melt the butter 7-9 seconds).

Mix well.

Gradually add the wet ingredients to the flour mix and combine(please refer to beginner’s notes on how to mix batter and avoid over mixing). 

To avoid over mixing, use a fork and wide swirling movements starting from the outside of the batter towards the middle.

Once the pancake batter mix is done, refrigerate the batter for 5-10 minutes.

How to cook fluffy pancakes.

Place a griddle or flat frying pan over a low-medium fire.

Take 1/3 measuring cup of batter and pour onto the pan, let it slightly spread.

Once the pancakes start cooking, you’ll notice the bubbles appearing on the surface of the pancake.

Slide your spatula underneath the pancake, check if it is done(the pancake will be lightly browned)and then before the bubbles on the top of the pancakes disappear, gently flip the pancakes over.

Let the pancake rise and cook. regulate the heat between low to medium to maintain an even temperature and cook the pancakes.

Once you are confident, make 2-3 pancakes at the same time.

Serve warm with any of the pancake serving ideas given above. 

Should you need to make a large batch, the ingredients can be doubled to give you 24-25 pancakes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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David Ferreira-Jorge

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

The instructions don't mention when to add the sugar. I'll just assume it's with the dry ingredients.

jehan

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hi David, Thank you for catching this mistake! yes, I've made an error there, will add details of the sugar today. regards J

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