Tip # 1: No good pancakes without good products!
As with any recipe it is important to choose quality ingredients: preferably whole milk, fresh eggs and flour preferably T45 (the whitest and finest).
It’s much better if all the ingredients are at room temperature, so take them out of the fridge in advance!
Tip # 2: Down with the lumps!
To avoid lumps, choose a fluid flour as specified in Tip # 1 and sift it, that is to say pass through a sieve or fine strainer to thin it.
Then, the milk is gradually added while whisking vigorously.
And if really, despite all your efforts, you have some lumps, do not panic! Quickly pass the dough to the mixer to eliminate them;)
Tip # 3: For lighter pancakes
To lighten your pancakes and make them thinner, replace half of the milk with water, beer or cider (the alcohol evaporates completely during cooking, so no worries for the little ones).
Tip # 4: Let’s rest!
Often recipes for pancakes recommend to let the dough rest, and for once, it is not totally useless: this rest period will allow some proteins flour (including gluten) to form more elastic networks. Result: a softer crêpe! It is best to leave it at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, covering the bowl with a cloth.
After if you really do not have the time (no one is safe from a craving for pancake!), There is no death manpancake if you do not let the dough rest. I have already tried many times and frankly there is not really any difference. Tip: use warm milk if you do not rest the dough;)
Tip 5: A nonstick skillet and paper towels!
To cook your pancakes, choose a nonstick crepe (you can find really cheap hypermarket) that you take care to oil with a paper towel soaked in a spoon of oil. And we repeat the operation every 2 or 3 pancakes.
Tip n ° 6: A spatula is very good to return the pancakes!
You do not feel the adventurous soul and apprehend the “pancake blasting”? No problemo, I do not make them jump either ^^ Just let your pancake cook on one side and, as soon as it starts to peel off the edges, gently pass a spatula all around, then shake a little pan to detach the pancake and gently flip it with the spatula. ( Watch my video for example )
Tip # 7: Always hot pancakes
To keep your pancakes warm while cooking, prepare a pan of water that you are boiling, place a plate on top and place your pancakes in a sheet of aluminum foil. So they will stay warm without drying out!
And finally, the recipe for pancake batter!
250 g flour
25 g caster sugar
1 pinch salt
50 cl milk
25 g melted butter