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Alton Brown's Tips For Perfect Pancakes

Alton Brown's Tips For Perfect Pancakes

At his Kidz Kitchen demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival, Alton Brown not only answered audience members questions, but he taught the eager crowd how to make a kid-friendly dish, a pancake cake with a slime-like avocado frosting. Here are his tips for making the most delicious pancakes:

  • Always weigh out the dry ingredients. It's especially important to weigh out the flour which can become very compact.
  • For the best batter consistency, use both all-purpose and cake flours.
  • If using baking soda include an acidic ingredient in the wet mixture. Brown likes buttermilk.
  • To create your own pancake mix, measure several batches of the dry ingredients. Keep stored in air-tight container. Shake to combine before using the pancake mix.
  • Don't overbeat. The batter should be lumpy.
  • Be patient! When bubbles form around the edges of the cake and the center looks firm and set, carefully pick up with a spatula and flip over.

Did Alton Brown forget something? What's your technique for making the best pancakes?


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pancakepammy pancakepammy 5 years
Pancakes have been "my thing" for years. I have always been really good at making fluffy delicious pancakes. But lately they come out looking good but as we eat them the separate, like you cut a bite and when you pick it up with your fork the top separates from the bottom. I even bought a new griddle but it is still happening! Any suggestions?
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I just love Alton Brown. And pancakes.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
Those sound like some great tips! I wonder why pancakes come out better when the batter is lumpier.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
Mix tastes awful! Homemade is the only way to go! Alton's totally right--buttermilk is best. I also recommend making sure to keep your skillet consistently warm--remove it from heat after a few pancakes to let it cool a bit, then return it to heat. Brush the skillet with butter before dropping the batter.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
these are definitely good tips if you're not using a mix like i've done when i'm lazy. there's something to be said about technique and many people forget that pancakes are baked and not cooked, since you have to be more precise with the measurements.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
Wow, I love pancakes and avocado, but together that sounds nasty! =/
pklotus pklotus 8 years
Ughh now I want pancakes. IHOP is the BEST!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love's one of my favorite weekend breakfasts (when I'm cheating on my diet!).
mllekat mllekat 8 years
My boyfriend & I were out of instant pancake mix so we used Alton's version instead - the pancakes it made were fantastic! We now keep the dry ingredients premixed so we can use it whenever we need.
Food Food 8 years
I love Alton Brown's tips! They're always so helpful.
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