7 things you didn't know about pancakes

7 things you didn't know about pancakes

Pancakes are one of the most fun breakfast foods to cook on a Blackstone, but it can be a little challenging to make them the same way every time. It's only a few simple ingredients but how you mix them will determine if your pancakes end up light and fluffy or not. 

These 7 tips will help you create the pancakes you want every time. 

1) Sift Flour: Sifting the flour will help keep the batter light and fluffy when you start mixing in the wet ingredients. 

2) Less is More: When it comes to mixing, don't be tempted to mix it within an inch of its life. Over mixing will make the batter heavy and thicker and give you thin heavy pancakes. Mix it just enough to get rid of the lumps.

3) Give it a Rest: If you have the time, letting your batter rest for a bit allows the gluten in the flour to relax and expand, giving you a lighter batter. 

4) Butter, Oil, or Bacon Grease? This is simply a matter of preference, but if you haven't tried cooking your pancakes in butter, you need to! Butter will add that little extra flavor you just might be looking for. Most folks think everything's better with bacon so who are we to disagree? But bacon grease does have a low smoke point which can leave an unpleasant taste for some. 

5) Pre-made Batters: There's nothing wrong with buying the pre-made pancake mixes, but if you are looking to add a little extra flavor, try vanilla. Just half a teaspoon will give you that subtle and balanced kick of flavor. 

6) A Boost of Flavor: Give you pancakes and an extra kick by adding some lemon zest on top or cinnamon to the batter. 

7) Forget the First: Unless you are a pancake pro, the first pancake will never be perfect. It takes at least one pancake to get the griddle to the right temperature and to figure out the right amount of batter to use.

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