Top pastry chef explains why you’ve probably been making pancakes wrong all this time

Here's to the perfect pancakes...
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  • With Pancake Day right around the corner, families everywhere are planning on serving up the tasty treats to celebrate.

    But many of us are making the same mistakes when making a pancake, whether they end up lumpy, misshapen or undercooked.

    But pastry chef Chris Bernard has shared his top tips for nailing Pancake Day, and he has over 20 years experience in Michelin-starred kitchens so he knows what he’s talking about!

    These include not flipping your pancake with a spatula, which is probably the most common mistake in households.

    Chris has revealed that using a spatula to flip a pancake can cause it to break up and look messy at the edges, which is no good if you’re planning on sharing your food snaps to social media…

    Instead, he recommends taking hold of the pan like a wok and flipping the entire pancake, which will help it to keep its shape.


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    Patience is a virtue when it comes to flipping too, as Chris said you should be waiting for your mixture to bubble before you flip it over.

    Too many people flip as soon as it’s cooked through, which can also lead to it breaking apart.

    To ensure a smooth consistency with your pancake batter, Chris recommends double-sieving the mixture before pouring it into a non-stick pan.


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    Your pan should also be very hot before the batter is added, and Chris recommends using olive oil as it helps to create stickiness.

    The wet ingredients (milk, egg, melted butter) should be mixed in a separate jug with a touch of salt. In a large bowl, sieve the flour then pour the wet mixture in before beating with a whisk.

    This removes lumps, but if you want it to be extra smooth, you can sieve the mixture again to remove any of the smaller lumps you may have missed.


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    Finally, he advises against putting fresh berries into the pan whilst cooking your pancakes. Given the heat of the pan, this causes the berries to become warm and mushy which isn’t very appetising!

    Toppings should wait until the food is plated, whether you’re going for berries, syrup or creamy Nutella.

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