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Perfect Pancakes

6th January 2019

Everyone definitely loves pancakes and if you are the kind who like to revisit childhood memories every weekend or once in a while, you’ll like to make perfect pancakes for consumption. Irrespective of whether pancakes are in your memory or your parents knew something you didn’t, the fact is that, as simple as pancakes are to make there are some things we can do so as to make our pancakes a memorable experience

Regardless of whether you are making pancakes from a recipe from scratch or using a mix, one of the major mistakes most people make is the measurement, this may be as a result of tiredness or not taking our pancake seriously thereby making people follow the ingredient direction loosely. Even a small variance in the ratio of dry and wet ingredient can make a huge difference in whether your pancakes are too runny to check, too fluffy or too dense. Ensure you follow the recipe strictly if you are using a cookbook or making them from a box. Ensure you do not make any mistake by adding inappropriate quantity of ingredient.

Preparing the griddle or pan: While it is ideal to have a griddle, great pancakes can still be made with the pan. After all we call them pancakes more often than we call them griddle cakes. The key to good pancakes is to try and also keep a consistent temperature of 177c. The nest thing is to prepare the pan and this can be done with the aid of a wipe of rapeseed oil to grease the pan, some people likewise prefer butter but they need to make sure the butter does not burn. If the butter is burning, that indicate that the pan is too hot. Too much butter should not be used so as to have a good-looking pancake.

The next thing is to pour the pancakes and set them up. This can be done with the aid of a large spoon or if you are an expert, you can pour the batter directly from the mixing bowl and pour the pancakes until they are about 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Ensure you attempt to pour as slowly as possible so that the batter won’t spread too quickly which may result into thin pancakes.

Flipping your pancakes: It is essential to cook the pancakes for a duration of 2 to 4 minutes on the first side, you’ll know it’s time to flip when you observe large amount of tiny bubbles start forming on top of the pancakes, this will begin to form on the edge first and then consume to the middle. Once the bubbles are spread evenly across the pancakes flip them so as to continue baking on the other side for about 75% of the time it took to cook the first side using that ratio should make each side have a golden-brown colouration.

Additionally, you can make chocolate sauce made by heating in a saucepan by combining 100ml full fat coconut milk and 80g of 70% chocolate. This can be poured over some chopped fresh berries on service. 


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