If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s how much we love pancakes. This classic comfort food reminds us of weekend mornings with our families and late-night gatherings at the local diner. And, they’re so easy to make. Mix together a few basic ingredients from your pantry, and you’ll have a delicious stack of pancakes on the table in no time.
To enjoy hearty homemade pancakes any time, we’ve put together ideas from simple to indulgent. Whether you like your pancakes as big as your plate or small as silver dollars, it all starts with a basic pancake batter recipe. To get the fluffiest pancakes, make the batter right before cooking and pour it on a heated griddle. Then give each pancake one flip. To check for doneness, gently lift with a beveled-edge turner to take a peek and check for that golden-brown underside before you flip it.
To get more pancakes on the table faster, use this fun shaker bottle and a double burner griddle. Then, it’s time to customize, turning a basic pancake recipe into a new family favorite. Here are seven pancake toppings ideas to get you started.
- Savor classic pancake toppings. If you’re a pancake minimalist, stick with butter and maybe add some warm maple syrup and a side of crispy bacon made in the microwave or oven.
- Craft pretty brunch pancakes. For special occasions or when hosting a brunch, you can step it up by making fancy butter pats. Just spread room-temperature butter in a candy mold and refrigerate.
- Skip the maple syrup. If maple syrup isn’t your jam, top with jelly or jam, peanut butter, Nutella, chocolate, cream cheese, lemon curd, or drizzle with honey. Or, you could top with your favorite yogurt—that sounds healthy. Skip the butter knife and use a flexible multi-purpose spreader so you can get every last bit out of the jar and scoop nice large amounts.
- Try healthy fruit toppings. Blueberries are a popular pancake topping, especially when they’re in season. But any fresh fruit on pancakes adds nutrition and great taste. Try berries, peaches, bananas, chopped apples, or grilled pineapple. If fresh fruit isn’t available, try frozen or canned fruit, or applesauce.
- Mix and match toppings. We like peanut butter and bananas (like Elvis). The kids might go for PB&J. Or, try it with yogurt and berries. If you roll it up taco style—no fork needed.
- Add a crunchy flavor boost. Common ingredients found in most pantries include nuts, quick homemade granola, chocolate chips, or candy sprinkles. Some great combos: berries and granola; Nutella, bananas, and chocolate chips; honey, pineapple, and toasted coconut. A fall pancake favorite is caramel, apples, and walnuts.
- Let’s just call this dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, add homemade whipped cream with just three ingredients. When you make it at home, you can customize it with your own flavored whipped cream. How about bourbon whipped cream and chopped nuts? Or chocolate whipped cream with a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper? For the holidays, why not try peppermint whipped cream topped with crushed candy canes and drizzled with chocolate? Yum! Or, swap out the whipped cream for ice cream. The combos are endless. Add some warm caramel or chocolate ganache and enjoy!
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