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So you want to learn how to make pancakes like a boss? Well, before any cooking gets underway let's start by clarifying what type of pancakes you'll be making. You see, the word pancakes means different things to different folks around the world. Lets take a quick test before heading to the kitchen.
Do fluffy buttermilk pancakes make your mouth water? Then you, my friend, are a fan of American pancakes. What if you dream of waking up thin crepe-like pancakes? Then nothing but European pancakes will satisfy your craving. Of course, every European country has their own interpretation of pancakes (and you can read all about them here) but, generally speaking, they tend to be thinner than the ones preferred by Americans.
This nifty infographic gives you a nice visual as to what ingredients are used in making pancakes around the world:
OK, now that we got that out of the way the question still remains: how can you make pancakes like a boss? Regardless of what type of pancakes you'll be making it's always a great idea to follow a few guidelines:
- preheat a griddle, cast iron pan or preferred cooking vessel
- grease the pan lightly before every batch
- let the batter sit for at least 15 minutes so it thickens (and yields lighter pancakes)
These three simple tips will help you cook pancakes like a pro. Now all that's left is selecting the right recipe and cooking method. Head on over to our Recipes section where you'll find favorites like Bohemian sour cream pancakes with plum jam (pictured up top) or savory buckwheat pancakes.
If you love American pancakes, check out this mess-free pancake recipe from Justin Chapple over at the Food & Wine Test Kitchen. He demonstrates a simple shortcut that can save you time in the kitchen and dishes in the sink.
To make the perfect crepe-like pancakes, give this video a watch. The folks at Tesco show you the perfect technique for ensuring a light, thin pancake that can be used in sweet and savory preparations.