If there’s a pancake in the skillet, happiness can’t be far off. In the brand new year, happiness takes a slightly serious turn as many of us resolve to clean up our diets and to be better people in general. Some foods are not invited to this new version of us, but what about pancakes? Can’t they still come to the party?
Everyone has a different set of rules about what healthy means, but whether eating paleo, avoiding gluten, becoming vegan, or ditching sugar, I’d like to say “yes” to pancakes. One of these recipes is bound to fit into a healthy New Year plan.
Pancakes are easy to make, and the availability of alternate flours like gluten free and grain free or multigrain flours make them easy to adapt to popular eating trends. The fun thing about cooking with alternative flours is that they provide new flavors and textures. Even if you’re not changing your way of eating you’ll want to try a nutty apple ring pancake, or the tender yogurt blueberry recipe where the yogurt replaces traditional buttermilk. All of the recipes below can be doubled. No matter what your pancake, a tasty, golden brown, same-size stack of cakes is in your future. Here are a few tips to help you get there.
The first pancake is usually sort of messed up and that is okay. You should still eat it. As you practice you’ll notice that they will inevitably become more consistent and easier.
Adjust the heat as you cook.
Keep your pancakes from scorching or taking too long by adjusting the heat in your pan. Moving the skillet on and off the heat or adjust the dial as you go along.
Flip pancakes as soon as you can pick them up with a spatula. A wide, thin flexible spatula is best.
Use a nonstick or seasoned cast iron pan and very little butter or oil to create a cake with a smooth, golden-brown surface. The first side of a pancake is always the most even looking.
Pancakes that are the same size make nice looking stacks. If your batter is thick use an ice cream scoop to keep it consistent. If you can pour it, use a cup with a spout or the wonderfully mess-free batter dispenser to get them onto your skillet.
Don’t crowd the pan.
Crowding make pancakes run together and less pleasing to look at (though still good to eat.)
Keep them warm.
Set these in a 200-degree oven if you are making a big batch and want to serve everyone at the same time.
If you want to prepare pancake ingredients ahead of time, measure and combine all of the wet and all of the dry ingredients and combine those together right before cooking.