the dry ingredients
In one bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly together with a whisk
so theyíre fully incorporated into each other. Break up any lumps.
Diner pancakes are often made with malted
milk powder instead of sugar. Using malt in your recipe will impart
that pancake-house flavor.
Separate the eggs into the other two bowls. Whip the whites with a hand
mixer until they form stiff peaks and set aside.
the wet ingredients
Add the milk to the egg yolks and beat them together with the mixer
until theyíre bubbly. Then, mix in the oil or butter.
dry to wet
Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture, and whisk them together
very gently until theyíre just incorporated. Donít mix too much; overworked
batter results in tough, dense pancakes. Fold in the egg whites in two
additions, and let the batter rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
Heat your pan or griddle to about 350 degrees, and lightly coat the
surface with cooking spray or vegetable oil. Test the temperature by
sprinkling a droplet of water onto the surface; if itís hot enough,
the water will skitter and evaporate.
Don’t use butter to grease your pan,
unless it’s clarified butter. Regular butter will burn.
a trial pancake
Test your temperature by making a trial pancake. Use your 1/3-cup measure
to gather a scoop of batter & pour it onto your pan or griddle. When
the edges have browned & bubbles appear, flip the pancake, & cook the
other side until itís golden brown. Donít press down on the pancake;
it wonít help it cook faster, and itíll crush the light texture.
To make blueberry pancakes, scatter a handful
of frozen blueberries into the batter as soon as you pour it onto
When youíre satisfied that youíve got the right temperature, use your
1/3-cup measure to pour on as many helpings of batter as you can comfortably
fit on the griddle. There should be a bit of space between them, so
that they donít overlap or touch when you flip them.
Pancakes should be served as soon as theyíre cooked through. If youíre
whipping up a big batch, donít let your cooked cakes get cold while
the new ones are just hitting the griddle. Instead, lay the pancakes
on a cookie sheet. Make sure not to overlap or stack them, and place
them in a just-warm oven until youíre ready to serve.
Serve your pancakes with traditional sides like butter and maple syrup,
but donít be afraid to experiment! Give whipped cream, jams or jellies,
peanut butter, sliced fruit, and even melted chocolate a try!