Having trouble with your pancakes? Don’t panic! The best thing about pancakes is that they’re so cheap and easy to make that you can afford to have a few little mistakes.
So if your batter is looking a bit funny, your pancakes are sticking or if you just can’t get that flip right, we’ve got the answer. At the end of the day, pancakes are so easy to make, sometimes the best answer really is just throw it away and start all over again!
Our classic pancake recipe comes with a step-by-step video so you can see exactly how it’s done.
My batter is too thick!
Thick batter can lead to lumpy, undercooked pancakes. Thankfully pancake batter is quite resilient so it’s easy to fix.
Answer: Add more milk and whisk until a pouring consistency.
My pancakes aren’t cooking!
There’s nothing worse than that horrible wobble in the middle of the pancake that just won’t cook, but there is a simple way to avoid this happening.
Answer: Add less batter to the pan. Pour in half a ladle full of mixture and immediately turn it around in the pan so the pancake lies flat – there should be no pools of mixture in the middle. Keep turning until the mixture is all used. Start with small amounts of mixture until you are confident about how much you need to make a large pancake.
My pancakes are sticking!
As pancakes are really thin, sticking is a common problem. You don’t want to use too much oil/butter to grease the pan as this will give the batter more of an omelette-like consistency – but what to do?
Answer: Lightly heat the pan then remove from the heat, place butter/oil in the centre then take a piece of greaseproof paper and use it to grease the pan. Make sure every part of the surface is covered as even a little spot of ungreased pan can make the pancake stick.
My pancakes are burning!
You want the pan to be hot before pouring the mixture, this can lead to crispy, off-colour pancakes.
Answer: Heat the pan on full, add the batter and allow to set slightly then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer.
I can’t flip my pancakes!
Ah the flip! One of the most stressful parts of the day. One option is to plow on – practise makes perfect – the other is just to admit defeat.
Plow on: Make sure the pancake is fully cooked at the bottom and there isn’t any liquid left on the surface. Run around the edges with a spatula and shake the pan to ensure the pancake is loose. Hold the pan with both hands in front of you (away from the hob surface), tilt it slightly forward then flip – and hope for the best!
Admit defeat: If you’ve tried too many times and the flip just isn’t happening, it’s OK – you actually want to be able to eat some of them! To make pancakes that can be easily turned with a spatula, add a little more flour to the mix and pour the mixture to a smaller surface area. Turn the pancake in one swift, fluid motion.
My pancakes are bland!
The actual pancake mixture is a little flavourless but how do you get the most flavour onto your pancakes?
Where to next?
– How to make pancakes: a step-by-step guide