Do you ever wake up in the morning craving pancakes? (Why am I even asking, of course you do!) I always keep a box of pancake mix around just in case I’m in the mood. But sometimes, a store bought mix just doesn’t have the flavor (or fluffiness) of a homemade batch. That doesn’t mean you need to throw out your mix though!
Our resident chef Zach shared with me a few little tweaks you can make that will have you eating a delicious, fluffy stack of pancakes in no time! Take it away Zach!
I have a confession to make. Although I’m a chef and love to cook things from scratch, I still use instant pancake mix. If I’m short on time, or want something simple, it’s just so easy! However, even though I’m using the mix, I still like to spruce it up a little bit with some of my own touches. So here are my simple tips to make your pancakes better!
Use milk/ alternative milk instead of water
Even though the mix may call for water, you can easily substitute that for an alternative milk (I like oat milk). You may have to add a dash more due to the difference in consistency, but it’ll taste so much better!
Add a dash of club soda
Homemade pancakes are so fluffy because when you make them from scratch, it gives them a chance to form more air bubbles. An easy hack to get a similar effect is to add about 1 tbsp of club soda per person. The carbonation will help them rise and give you those pillowy pancakes that you want.
Add some melted butter
What’s better than melted butter on your pancakes? Melted butter IN your pancakes! Just trust me on this one and try it out.
Spice It Up
Some mixes already have flavors added to them, but a little more spice never hurt anyone. I like to add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or vanilla extract to give it more depth in flavor. You can even add a dash of cocoa powder for some chocolate pancakes!
Try mixing and matching these methods to find what works for you, and let us know how your pancakes turn out!