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How to make great pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? I mean really, it’s quite impossible to not adore them because they can be filled with basically anything (edible, of course) and they are ready fast. I could basically eat pancakes all day long, if I wasn’t aware that my body needs other foods too. However, I still make time to cook them 2 or 3 times a week. Generally, you can choose between the classic crepe, that is unleavened and the American pancake for which you need a leavening agent such as baking powder to obtain a fluffy and tasty round-shaped cake. Anyhow, the two words are used interchangeably nowadays. The word crepe comes from French and makes reference to the surface of the pancake that looks a bit like a piece of lace.

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What is so great about crepes is that anybody can make them. The batter is easily prepared and generally includes wheat flour, butter, milk, sugar and eggs. Once the batter is ready, you can choose between the various recipes you find online. One of my all-time favorite recipes is maple syrup pancakes. These are easy to make. You prepare the batter with all-purpose flour, milk, 1 teaspoon baking powder (but that depends on the quantity of the other ingredients, just check the verso of the package for the recommended quantities), 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and more maple syrup to coat the pancakes once they’re ready.

crepe maker1In a bowl, you mix all the ingredients until they form a whole, then you fry them and add as much maple syrup as you want on top of them when they’re ready. This is a simple and tasty recipe, ideal for family breakfasts. If you’re not a morning person, you can prepare the batter in the evening, put it in the fridge and leave it there overnight. Everything you need to do in the morning is stir it a bit before you start preparing the pancakes. However, I don’t prepare crepes in a classic pan or griddle, but I use a crepe maker. You have surely seen one. It has a large cooking platform on which you spread the crepe, then you flip it to fry it on both sides, after which the crepe is ready to be served. I first laid my eyes on one at a fair where you could buy freshly made crepes and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I had to buy one for myself.

Using a crepe maker helps you eliminate many problems that you would have to deal with if you were using another cooking utensil to make pancakes. Firstly, they are fitted with nonstick surfaces, which are essential if you want your crepes not to have holes in them and also help with cleaning the machine once you’re done, because there are no leftovers to scrap off it. Secondly, a crepe maker lets you know when its surface is at the optimal temperature to spread the batter on it, which is essential to obtain the perfect crepe, that will not only taste wonderful, but will also have the right consistency.

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