You can't have dessert for breakfast — unless, of course, you have pancakes. The word "cake" is literally in the name. No matter how you eat them (plain, covered in blueberries, thin and crispy, giant and fluffy), they're a decadent, delicious way to start off your day. But really, pancakes are meant for lazy weekend days when you can linger a while over a hearty stack, some magazines, and a cup of coffee.
Ahead, 9 flippin' genius (sorry, no more parent jokes) ways to step up your pancake game and totally win at Saturday mornings.
The Trick: Make a buttermilk substitute
Remember adding an acid to a base in science class to make papier-mâché volcanos erupt? Adding buttermilk, which is acidic, to pancakes does pretty much the same thing when it reacts with the leavening (a.k.a. baking soda or powder) in the hot pan. That means a fluffier pancake.
Don't have buttermilk? (Or don't particularly love the idea of buying it to use once?) Add one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar (acids!) to a cup of milk and let it sit for five minutes. You've made your own buttermilk.
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The Trick: Add chocolate chips last
Putting the chips on the pancake after you've poured it keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the batter and allows you more control. Plus, you can make chocolate chip smiley faces.
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The Trick: Sift flour four fluffier pancakes
Sifting the dry ingredients helps ensure fluffier pancakes, especially important when you're later mixing in chunky ingredients like blueberries.
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The Trick: Use a blender to save time
Blending the dry ingredients, then adding the wet ingredients all at once and blending again, saves dishes and time.
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The Trick: Substitute whole wheat flour
Whole wheat flour is fine to use in pancakes, but it will create a heartier, nuttier final product. You may have to add a little bit more milk if you're using a recipe that calls for white flour. Or, of course, you could find a recipe developed specifically for whole wheat pancakes.
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The Trick: Make pancakes for a crowd easier
Instead of standing over a hot stove flipping individual pancakes, just go ahead and make one giant one — a.k.a. a Dutch baby. Eggier and fluffier than a regular flapjack, they are great topped with lemon juice, powdered sugar, and strawberries. Oh, and plenty of butter.
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The Trick: Go vegan
Coconut oil makes a delicious substitute for butter for frying up a vegan stack. Almond milk can be substituted for regular milk, and Cookie + Kate's vegan pancakes just leave out the eggs altogether.
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The Trick: Use cornmeal for the gluten-free bunch
Molly Yeh's cornmeal and corn flour pancakes are different than traditional pancakes, but just as delicious. Think of it as cornbread and cake having a baby.
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The Trick: Add more milk for thinner pancakes
We love fluffy pancakes a lot, but hear us out: thinner pancakes have their appeal too. You can eat more of 'em, they're great for rolling around filling, and you'll get more from each batch. Just be careful, if you make the batter too thin, you'll wind up with crepes. We recommend adding slowly and making a tester pancake or two along the way.
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