Are you searching for a hassle-free, lightning-fast, and scrumptious breakfast option? Look no further than pancakes! Cooking for yourself, especially when you're living alone, can be a bit of a chore. While food delivery is a convenient option, there inevitably comes a time when you need to whip up something in your own kitchen. This became especially true during the lockdown period.
Pancakes emerged as one of my go-to dishes for several reasons: they're incredibly easy to prepare, delicious, and satisfying. They require minimal ingredients and are perfect for breakfast. In this article, I'll share with you not only a basic pancake recipe but also some tips and tricks to make your pancake-making experience even better.
Prepare the Pancake Batter: Start by pouring the pancake mix from the packet into a mixing bowl. Add water and stir until you achieve a smooth, lump-free batter. Adjust the amount of water to achieve your desired consistency. If you prefer thicker pancakes, use less water; for thinner ones, use more. Tip: For extra-fluffy pancakes, let the batter sit for a few minutes before cooking. This allows the leavening agents in the mix to activate and create a lighter texture.
Heat the Pan: Place a non-stick pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat. It's essential to ensure the pan's surface is smooth and even to prevent sticking. Tip: Test if the pan is hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water onto it. If the water sizzles and evaporates, the pan is ready for cooking.
Pour the Batter: Using a ladle or a large spoon, drop two to three spoonfuls of batter onto the pan. Adjust the quantity based on the desired pancake size. You can always add more batter to create larger pancakes.
Cook and Flip: As the pancake cooks, you'll notice small bubbles forming on its surface. This indicates that it's time to flip it over. Carefully slide a spatula under the pancake and flip it. Continue cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes or until both sides are golden brown and cooked through. Tip: To keep your pancakes warm while you cook additional batches, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven set to a low temperature.
Add Your Toppings: Before serving, unleash your creativity by adding toppings of your choice. Drizzle honey, chocolate syrup, or sprinkle blueberries and raisins to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with different toppings to keep your breakfast exciting!
Now you have a mouthwatering stack of pancakes ready to satisfy your morning hunger. Enjoy your homemade breakfast delight!
Pancakes are not just a lifesaver for solo cooks; they're also a versatile canvas for culinary creativity. Customize them with your favorite ingredients, and you'll have a delicious breakfast that's easy to make and even better to savor.
Written by: Aakanksha Bajpai
Edited by: Aniket Joshi