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How to Make Pancakes

Learning how to make pancakes is a childhood tradition across the land. It’s a great way to teach kids baking basics, with a result they can enjoy immediately, instead of waiting through the baking and cooling time of a cake or cookies. To help you out with the lesson plan, we’ve got plenty of great videos on how to make pancakes, including a how to measure dry ingredients video, a video on how to crack an egg and a how to measure wet ingredients video, all three of which feature kids in action. After you share them with your children, let them try their hand at Silver Dollar Sour Cream Pancakes in a step-by-step recipe with photos in our kids can cook section. Read on for tips on making pancakes better than ever after you master the fundamentals.

Tips for better pancakes

  • How to tell when the griddle is ready? Sprinkle a few drops of water on the griddle—if the water hisses and steams, it’s ready.
  • Out of buttermilk? Stir 1 Tbsp. lemon juice into 1 cup milk; let stand for a few minutes, then substitute for buttermilk in your recipe.
  • Be sure to use fresh CALUMET Baking Powder to ensure fluffy pancakes. To check potency, stir 1 tsp. baking powder into 1/3 cup hot water. If it fizzes and bubbles energetically, it's fine to use. If not, discard and purchase a new can.
  • Remember to stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until combined—overmixing will make the pancakes tough.
  • Pancakes are ready to flip when large bubbles form in the batter on the tops.
  • If you’re feeding a crowd, place pancakes on a baking sheet in a 200°F oven as you make them. They’ll stay warm, and you’ll have time to finish cooking all of them before sitting down to eat with the rest of the group.
  • Freeze leftover pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, reheat in a 350°F oven until heated through. Smaller frozen pancakes can be heated in the toaster.

More ideas for pancakes

  • Add one of the following stir-in ideas to pancake batter: 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips, 2 Tbsp. sprinkles, or 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice. Or, sprinkle fresh or frozen blueberries onto plain pancakes just before you turn them over.
  • Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. Our Spinach Pancakes, Zucchini Pancakes and Mashed Potato Pancakes make great dinnertime ideas.
  • Why not have breakfast for dinner? Serve up pancakes, eggs and other morning favorites for a dinnertime change of pace.
  • Instead of syrup, top pancakes with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and toasted BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut.
  • Dutch Boy Pancake or Cream Crepes are a fun break from traditional pancakes and taste great!
  • To make chocolate pancakes, substitute 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder for an equal amount of flour in a basic pancake recipe. For an even more chocolate treat, add 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.