Making fluffy pancakes might seem tricky, but it’s easier than you think. Whether you’re cooking breakfast for the family or just craving a stack of perfect pancakes, a few simple tips can make all the difference. Here are some easy tricks to ensure your pancakes turn out light, airy, and delicious every time just like at the diner!

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with butter and maple syrup
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Use Fresh Ingredients

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Always use fresh baking powder and baking soda. Old leavening agents lose their effectiveness, so your pancakes won’t rise as they should, making them flat and dense.

Don’t Overmix the Batter

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Mix the batter until just combined. Overmixing can make the pancakes tough and chewy instead of light and fluffy. Lumps are okay in pancake batter; they’ll cook out.

Let the Batter Rest

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Let the batter sit for about 10-15 minutes before cooking. This allows the gluten to relax and the baking powder to activate, resulting in fluffier pancakes.

Separate and Beat Egg Whites

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For extra fluffiness, separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the beaten whites gently into the batter to add air and volume to your pancakes.

Use Buttermilk

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Buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to create a fluffy texture and adds a slight tang to the flavor. It makes the pancakes soft and light.

Preheat the Griddle

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Make sure your griddle or skillet is preheated to medium heat. Too hot, and the pancakes will burn; too cool, and they won’t rise properly. A perfect temperature is key.

Avoid Pressing the Pancakes

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Resist the urge to press down on the pancakes with a spatula while they cook. This can deflate the batter and make them less fluffy. Let them rise on their own for best results.

Flip Once Bubbles Form

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Flip the pancakes only once bubbles start to form on the surface and the edges look set. This ensures even cooking and keeps them light and fluffy.

Use the Right Flour

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Use all-purpose flour or a mix of all-purpose and cake flour for a lighter texture. Whole wheat flour can make pancakes denser, so stick with lighter flours for fluffiness.

Keep Pancakes Warm in the Oven

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Keep cooked pancakes warm in a low oven (200°F) while you finish cooking the rest. This keeps them fluffy and ready to serve all at once, so everyone gets hot pancakes.

10 Must-Know Tips For Cooking Pasta Perfectly Every Time

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Cooking pasta might seem simple, but getting it just right can be tricky. No one likes pasta that’s too underdone or mushy, and it can be frustrating to get it perfect every time. Luckily, there are some easy tips and tricks that can help you master that perfect al dente bite each and every time.

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15 Breakfasts That Will Make You the Morning Person You’re Not

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Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day, but let’s be honest, it can sometimes fall into a bit of a rut, especially with the same old bowl of cereal. If you’re looking to kickstart your mornings with something a bit more exciting and fulfilling, you’ve come to the right place. We’re rounding up a selection of hearty breakfast recipes that are quick to whip up and promise to make your mornings anything but mundane. From savory quesadillas to sweet baked oats, we’ve got something for everyone.

Get the Recipes Here: 15 Breakfasts That Will Make You the Morning Person You’re Not

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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