How to Flip Pancakes

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A meal of hot pancakes and maple syrup is the perfect weekend breakfast. The most challenging part of making these fabulous flapjacks is the flipping. Getting pancakes a perfectly golden brown color on both sides takes skill, precision and great timing.

Things You'll Need

  • A cast iron skillet
  • A metal spatula
  • Patience
  • Place a large cast iron skillet on the stove. Using a large skillet gives you plenty of room for flipping.

  • Heat skillet to medium high heat. If using a gas stove, a low to medium flame is best. Pancakes need to cook all the way through before they burn on either side.

  • Place about ½ cup of batter into the center of pan. Spread the batter evenly into a perfect circle. This takes practice, but gets easier each time.

  • Watch the surface of the pancake. When bubbles form and the edges begin to look dry, gently lift one edge of the pancake to check for color. Golden brown means ready to flip.

  • Push your spatula firmly and quickly under the entire pancake, and in one motion, lift and flip. Your pancake should land back in the center of the pan.

  • Gently push on the pancake to flatten after flipping. This will push out the batter and allow for more even cooking.

  • Flip the pancake back over after lifting the edge and checking for color.

  • Push down one last time on cooked pancake. If no batter oozes out anywhere, the pancake is done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a cast iron skillet to cook pancakes. Cast iron heats more evenly and holds heat better, especially on a gas stove.
  • Use a metal spatula instead of plastic. Plastic will melt in cast iron, and a metal spatula has a better edge for getting underneath a pancake.
  • After buttering once, a seasoned and well heated cast iron pan will have a non-stick surface. This is another reason why cast iron cooks a better pancake.
  • Use real butter, not margarine or cooking spray to cook the perfect pancake. A little bit of butter in a cast iron skillet adds very little fat to the recipe, and will brown more evenly.
  • Cast iron pans will heat up quickly and burn pancakes you don't watch them. If your butter burns as soon as you put it in, your pan is too hot. Remove it from the heat and let it cool down quite a bit before cooking your first pancake.
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