Pancake Tips and Tricks

Use an empty squeeze bottle like a ketchup or syrup bottle. Mix your pancake batter according to your box instructions. Add it to your squeeze bottle with a funnel. Then put it into the fridge the night before, and have pancakes for breakfast. No rush or mess!


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For a lighter, fluffier pancakes, substitute carbonated water for the water called for in mix.

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My grandson in particular, and sometimes his younger sister, likes to help cook. Sometimes adults have a sense of trepidation about allowing kids in the kitchen. They will invariably make a mess when they measure, flip, or stir.

Cake he decorated for my birthday.

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When making pancakes with any recipe, try adding a little extra kick. Take one regular pancake mixture and add cinnamon, and a little nutmeg to taste. Then add just a little champagne.

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I keep a butter container full of flour. Occasionally I have mixed it with cake or cookie mix when it was low because I didn't have any flour. It is kind of hard to turn the pancakes when it is cookie mix that is more than half the batter for the pancakes.

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December 14, 2013

A simple, but delightful snack good for a holiday party is pancakes. Yes, pancakes, but made over. These can be made with leftover pancakes as well.

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No matter what I do, my pancakes always come out flat! I have used mixes, extra baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Does anyone know what I can do to make pancakes look the way they do on the boxes? Thanks.

nolasandy from Kenner, LA


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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Since you mention using various mixes and still having the problem, I suspect overmixing to be the problem.
Batter should be slightly lumpy...

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May 20, 2005

Tips and recipes for making good pancakes. Post your ideas.


May 3, 20050 found this helpful

When making pancakes, use a meat baster to squeeze the batter onto the griddle.

By Bobbie

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May 3, 20050 found this helpful

Do not beat the pancake batter (will make them tough), make sure the griddle is lightly greased and hot and turn only once when golden brown--do not mash the pancake down after turning and your pancakes will be perfect.

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By Teresa (Guest Post)
May 4, 20050 found this helpful

What I do ot make great tasting pancakes, is that I add some vanilla to my batter, this gives it a great taste.

Teresa from Va.

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By Dottie (Guest Post)
May 14, 20050 found this helpful

You may substitute club soda for water or milk for fluffy pancakes.....adding cinnamon and vanilla tastes great!

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May 20, 20050 found this helpful

Stir a tbsp. of maple syrup into the pancake batter to boost flavor.

By suebowman

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May 22, 20050 found this helpful

I suggest making the batter from scratch. Fannie Farmer has a good recipe titled Griddlecakes. Why buy a mix when the recipe is so easy, better and less expensive.
Sheridan from Maine

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By Karen (Guest Post)
May 26, 20050 found this helpful

Want your griddle cakes to taste like the ones in the restaurant from a mix? Try adding the following:
-a scant handful of corn meal (the finely ground kind)
-a tsp. of pure vanilla extract
-one more egg than the mix calls for
-an extra Tbs. of oil/ butter/ shortening
-half and half instead of water or milk

Then beat all the liquids in a separate bowl, and add to dry ingredients that have been twice sifted. Stir only enough to moisten. Allow batter to rest 5- 10 minutes before using. Grease (or "season") your griddle only for the first batch (make sure your turner has a sharp edge). Finally, use an ice cream scoop (the kind that has a lever to scrape out the contents) to pour the batter onto the griddle for uniformity. Voila, restaurant style griddle cakes. (I worked food industry for years, and this is how they're made)

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By anonymous (Guest Post)
June 2, 20050 found this helpful

You can use a plastic bag with a hole in the corner to make pancake shapes

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By Hattyxxx (Guest Post)
February 9, 20070 found this helpful

the easiest was to make pancakes is:
100g of plain flour
250ml of milk
1 egg

Put the ingredients into a blender; put the egg in first, then half the milk, now all the flour and then the rest of the milk.

Heat the pan up and pour some oil into it and then pour it out again. pour some of the mixture into the pan and swish it around. then, you would cook the pancake until itis brown and then flip it over.

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February 9, 20070 found this helpful


Editor's Note: Here are some conversion tables:

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By Guest (Guest Post)
June 10, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for the tips everyone !!

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How do you brown your pancakes? I cook mine in a nonstick Farberware skillet with one tablespoon of vegetable oil but I can't seem to get it to brown on both sides. Maybe my skillet is the problem because it is old and worn. Please share your advice.


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December 12, 2004

Tips for making great pancakes. Post your ideas.


December 12, 20040 found this helpful

Use a meat baster to "squirt" pancake batter onto the griddle. Saves mess!

By Robin

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By Lynne (Guest Post)
December 12, 20040 found this helpful

What a marvellous idea! I hate cleaning up all those little trails and dribbles of batter between the bowl and the griddle. Thanks for sharing!

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By Gena (Guest Post)
December 13, 20040 found this helpful

for my children and now my grandson--I "write" their initial first, let it brown, then cover with pancake batter, much like a regular pancake. When you turn it over, their intitial is a little darker. This treat makes them feel very special. Great for learning their alphabet too

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April 5, 20050 found this helpful

Use a meat baster (like a turkey baster) to squeeze pancake batter onto the hot griddle. You will get nice round pancakes.

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