My Pancakes Don’t Fluff

We tried a new breakfast place yesterday and we're extremely impressed with their pancakes!

These pancakes were light, fluffy and chewy. They felt like big fluffy crumpets, just not as dense!

I'm used to make pancakes but they ended up being more crumbly and generally don't like them since they fill me up quickly. Crepes on the other hand are great as they are chewy but you just need to make the batter more runny, and they still come out dense.

Now I am on a quest to find the best solution to the pancake problem.

A quick Google search opened up a can of worms and basically left me thinking do I know flapjacks vs pancakes vs crumpets.

But I did learn that I was mixing wrong regardless of what I was making.

Always mix the dry and wet ingredients separately then add the dry to the wet. Also, never over mix the batter, doing so will result in flat, lousy cakes. Whipped egg whites also seems to be the common secret, and when I tried a set it works wonderfully.

But you do have to be very gentle.

I also mixed the wet and dry ingredients, but just barely to avoid gluten formation. Then I added the whites just before cooking.

Here are the ingredients by the way:

  • 3.5 oz Mixed Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 2.4 fl oz Milk
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

For the mixed flour I make my own mix which consists of normal flour cornstarch, look on the mixes in the store, it is the same thing. I expect it's that the baking powder that really makes the recipe awesome!