How To Fry the Perfect Pancake

This might sound like a no brainer to some, but to be quite honest, it took me awhile to figure out how to fry the perfect pancake.  It seemed that they would be too thick, too big, too burnt or I would flip them too early or too late.  I make them from scratch, so I couldn’t seem to find the right recipe either.

I was surprised to find out that I wasn’t the only one to have trouble frying pancakes.  I was also surprised that many buy the pancake mix or Bisquick.  A part of being more self sustainable is learning to do these little things from scratch.  Yes, learning how to fry a pancake from your own made from scratch mix is one small step towards self sufficiency!

So, here is my favorite, simple pancake recipe and simple instructions.  No more Bisquick or boxed pancake mix!

3 cups flour
3 TBS sugar
6 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 beaten eggs
3 cups milk
6 TBS oil

Stir the dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl, stir the eggs, milk and oil.  Add this to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.  Yes, it will be slightly lumpy.

Now, I put a tablespoon of butter on my griddle and move it around to cover the whole surface while it is heating up to medium high heat.  Then, I put a large spoonful or small serving spoon of the pancake mix on the griddle.

Now, use the same spoon and tap it across the pancake mix that you just put on the griddle to spread it out.  Don’t add any more to that pancake.
Keep doing this to each pancake.  When they get slightly bubbled on top, flip them with your spatula with one quick scoop and flip.  When you are frying pancakes, you will be a slave to the griddle.  Do not leave(yep, I have been known to do this) as that will be a for sure burnt pancake batch!
After you have flipped them all, go back to the first one you flipped and gently press down with your spatula.    Make sure you press the first one you flipped first, as the other ones will be too gooey and will squish out the sides, making for a messy looking pancake.

Within a minute or two, take them off the griddle and add another tablespoon of butter with each batch.  I added chocolate chips to the batch below.

Simple, yes!  Time consuming, a little, but well worth it!

2 comments on “How To Fry the Perfect Pancake

  1. I really like to use buttermilk, or I just sour some milk by adding vinegar and leaving it on the counter for a few minutes before I mix my ingredients. And I am totally guilty of stepping away "for just a minute", too. lol

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