5 Tips and the Perfect Pan: Mastering the Art of Pancakes

Pancake Sundays – a time-honored tradition that brings families and friends together. But what separates a forgettable flapjack from a fluffy, golden masterpiece? The answer lies in a combination of technique and the right tools. At Penna & Co, we're pretty passionate about pancake perfectio. Say THAT five times fast. Actually, never mind. Try these five tips instead! 

1. Embrace the Lumpy Mix: Don't overmix your batter! A few lumps are a sign of light and airy pancakes. Overmixing develops the gluten, leading to dense, chewy results.

2. Befriend the Low and Slow Heat: Patience is key. Use medium-low heat to ensure even cooking throughout. High heat will burn the outside before the inside is cooked through.

3. The Art of the Flip: Watch for tiny bubbles forming around the edges of your pancake and the center setting slightly. This is your cue to flip for a beautiful golden brown on both sides.

4. Butter is Your Best Friend: But use it wisely! A pat of butter swirling in the pan before adding your batter creates a non-stick surface and adds rich flavor.

5. Invest in the Perfect Pan:

Classic Cast Iron: A heavyweight champion for even heat distribution and crispy edges. Requires proper seasoning for non-stick performance.

Non-Stick Pans: Easy cleanup and great for beginners. Look for pans with a PFOA-free non-stick coating for safety.

Griddles: Perfect for large batches. Ideal for families or pancake lovers.

Bonus Tip: Let your batter rest for 5-10 minutes after mixing. This allows the gluten to relax and contributes to a fluffier texture.

Now, let's talk pans! We offer a wide selection of griddles and pans to suit your needs and budget. Here are some of our favorites:

Le Creuset Crepe Pan: Enamelled cast iron produces thin and light pancakes in minutes. Authentic French-inspired pan simplifies crepe-making with its flat, low-edged design and satin black-enamelled cooking surface. Great for regular pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches, too! 

Swiss Diamond Classic HD Double Burner Grill/Griddle Combo: Both a grill and a griddle. No cords, no flames, no cold spots. Flip pancakes and grill bacon at the same time. Made in Switzerland. 

Classic Induction XD Crêpe Pan: Features Swiss Diamond XD nonstick coating for easy release. Low side walls for effortless flipping and folding. Maximizes heat transfer to eliminate hot spots. Oven safe to 500°F (260°C). Suitable for all cooktops, including induction. Made in Switzerland. 

With these tips and the right pan, you'll be whipping up restaurant-quality pancakes in no time! Visit Penna & Co Kitchen today and let's get you started on your pancake mastery journey!