Here’s the big secret to fluffy pancakes.
In fact, there are two components to this secret:
- a rising agent (like baking powder)
2. perfect timing (and I mean like ‘FLIP IT NOW otherwise it’s going to flop!’ kind of timing)
So no matter if you do these 3 ingredient pancakes for your baby, toddler, grown up kid or spouse, or you choose a different recipe (like that 2 ingredient banana pancakes that everybody seems to love except me), make sure you pay attention to these two elements.
Otherwise you’re going to come back to this post (make sure you save it on Pinterest!) wanting to leave a mean comment and in fact ending up re-reading the instructions all over again because the first time you skipped all the way to the bottom of the post just to get the recipe quantities.
So, now that we got that out of the way and settled the matter, let me explain why timing is important when it comes to fluffiness.
(I will assume you know why baking powder is great for rising, so I’m not going to insist on that).
Probably all the recipes you’ve read until now mention flipping the pancakes when bubbles start to appear on the surface after you first poured the batter in.
And it only makes sense to wait for like 4-5 bubbles to appear before you even decide that yes, those are bubbles and yes, it’s ok to flip them now.
No, it’s not ok.
You should have flipped them 4 bubbles ago.
That means you need your eyes on the pancakes, one hand on whatever you’re using to flip and your other hand on the pan handle to make sure you save a split of a second.
At the sign of the first bubble, you flip. No questions asked.
That’s the sign that the air that is trapped in the batter starts to escape.
It’s a sign your pancakes have already started to cook inside and if you want to keep that air in, you need to block it there by flipping the pancake on the other side.
This also ensures an even cooking surface on both sides. No nasty underdone-looking pancakes that you’re not sure they’re even edible.
Of course, this becomes a bit tricky if you have fruit in the batter, like blueberries. Those little buggers interfere with my theory so I suggest serving them separately.
If you’re looking for fluffiness, then you need to compromise on the fillings I’m afraid. I have 10 other baby pancake recipes you can use if these ones don’t suit you.
Hold on, can my baby have pancakes?
As I explained in my 125 foods babies can’t have with no teeth post, they don’t need teeth to chew food.
These pancakes are so soft, it would be a shame to wait until your little one gets teeth to serve them.
Regardless if you’re doing baby led weaning or traditional weaning, at some point you will have to move to table foods and finger foods to get your little one accustomed to eating like an adult. And these pancakes are neither sweet or savoury, so they work great paired with any meal, at any time of day.
What can I put on these 3 ingredient pancakes/serve them with?
Because this 3 ingredient pancake recipe is neither sweet or savoury, you can pair it with:
- anything you like
I don’t think there is a right or wrong combo when it comes to feeding kids. (Maybe that’s why my 3 year old eats fruit with anything *shrug*)
But if you are looking for inspiration, here you go: berries of all kinds and other fruit, meats, cheeses of all kinds, milk, yogurt, all the nut butters, soups, stews, pestos, homemade pate, hummus and so on.
You can totally have these for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
They can also go to the freezer, for those days when you just can’t cook anymore.
So here are the quantities and the recipe you can print out.
Make sure you pin this on Pinterest for later reference. The recipe is so simple, yet so effective if you just follow my instructions above.
Happy cooking and remember to tag me on social media @weaningful if you end up doing these or any other recipe from my blog.
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- 1 egg
- 120g self raising flour (1 US cup) - or plain flour + 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 190ml milk (0.8 cup)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Grab a non-stick (pancake) pan, heat it up and drop about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Work in batches to make sure you have room enough to flip.
- Flip them at the sight of the first bubble on the surface. This is essential. Please read notes above. Otherwise I won't be responsible for their non-fluffiness.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes more. See above for serving suggestions.
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