If you fear the flip, these tips just may save the day
Pancake Tuesday is here at last! Whether you’re a fluffy fan or a crepe craver, these hacks will up your pancake game. Avoid the dreaded flip with a new cooking technique, make a bottled mix taste homemade, or change up your toppings.
We’re all busy – between returning to offices, school runs, reopened restaurants, you might not have the time to make up a batter from scratch. But that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Plus, you can spice up a bottled or boxed mix so that it tastes deceptively fresh. If you’re using a box, make sure to sift in the dry mix, which will remove any clumps that could weigh your cake down. You can add some melted butter, or an extra egg, to add subtle changes to taste and texture. Try substituting the milk or water for buttermilk. Lastly, add in some spices to give a unique taste that will seem far from the SuperValu aisle.
If you’re looking for something new and exciting, or you don’t think your traditional pancakes are Instagram-ready, try out some new forms of the popular dish. The humongous Japanese pancakes are fluffy and imposing on the plate. You can make pancake muffins that are ideal for on the go. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, try your hand at pancake art.
Just because you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, allergic to some ingredients, or trying to eat on the healthier side, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Particularly when baking from scratch, you have control over what goes into the batter. That can mean gluten-free flour, banana substitutions or plant-based ingredients. And a scoop of protein powder can add some sneaky nutrition into a delicious breakfast.
Finally, it’s time to face our fears. Years of broken first pancakes, floor pancakes, and burnt messes have traumatised a nation. According to the experts, flipping a pancake successfully all comes down to timing and knowing when to flip. Make sure you see bubbles throughout the top, not just the sides, and then you’re good to go. You can also make the process easier on yourself by ensuring you have the right tools and temperature. And if you need to, kick the audience out of the kitchen!
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