I'm Frank Proto .
I'm a professional chef and color instructor .
And today I'm going to show you the best way to make pancakes at home Frank style .
I'll be going over the techniques to make light , fluffy and airy pancakes .
So you'll never have to eat flat floppy , lifeless pancakes .
Again , this is pancakes 101 .
I make this pancake recipe all the time .
Chances are if you look in your pantry right now , you have everything you need to make them from scratch and you should , they are that much better when you make them from scratch .
First thing I like to do is mix my dry ingredients .
So I have all purpose flour , sugar , salt , baking powder , and baking soda .
The baking powder and baking soda are a must because that's gonna give us our leavening our bubbles and make our pancakes light and fluffy .
So once I put all the dry ingredients in , I get a whisk just to make sure there's no pockets of any one ingredient .
So our dry ingredients are well mixed .
Next , I like to do the wet ingredients .
I have milk , it's measured out .
I have some vegetable oil or some neutral oil .
I have a little bit of vanilla .
I have apple cider vinegar together , the apple cider vinegar and the milk kind of make a buttermilk .
Part of the reason I use the milk and the apple cider as opposed to buttermilk is that whenever I buy buttermilk , I make one thing with it .
It sits in the fridge for two weeks and then I end up throwing it away .
This way .
I always have vinegar .
I always have milk .
I can always make a quick butter milk on the spot .
And then I have some eggs , eggs , not only lend structure , they're actually gonna give us a little fat and a little bit of leavening to our pancakes .
I'm gonna take my whisk and make sure that my wet ingredients are beat up .
So make sure this is mixed really well .
Your yolks are broken up , your eggs are combined .
We have our wet , we have our dry now , we can mix them together .
And here's the thing .
Lot of people will mix pancakes until they are well combined .
I am not that way .
What's happening right now is that the liquid ingredients are starting to activate that baking soda and baking powder .
So I'm just doing the fold .
Make sure it's combined really well and that is it .
I think I've mixed it maybe 2025 times .
We leave it alone .
Lumps are going to be ok here , leave it alone .
This is the last time we are mixing this do not mix it anymore .
I like my batter to be on the thicker side so that we get nice big bubbles and my pancakes are nice and tall .
The batter is mixed .
I have a griddle in front of me .
It's an electric griddle .
I love this thing .
This thing is amazing .
It's not super expensive .
Pans are around .
The pancakes are round and you can't get a lot on there .
But with this griddle , I could probably make about 10 pancakes at a time feed that hungry crowd really quick .
Couple of things you can use .
If you don't have a griddle , you can buy a cast iron griddle that goes on the stove .
Uh You can use a nonstick pan or just a saute pan .
But for the most part , this thing works best because you can do a lot at once .
I wanna talk about the fat that I used to cook my pancakes .
I'll probably get a lot of hate for this , but I'm gonna say it anyway .
I like to use whipped salted butter .
This will give a little saltiness and crispiness to my finished pancake .
All right , let's cook these pancakes .
I get a nice heaping dollop of butter on there .
Spread it around .
If your butter gets a little brown , that's ok .
That just means that our pancakes are gonna have a little brown butter flavor and that is delicious .
Make sure you have everything you need .
Close by because this will go fairly quick .
I have my batter but I also have my favorite spoon .
This is actually called the berry spoon .
You can use whatever you want .
Uh People use ice cream , scoops , people use teaspoons , but I feel like I get just the right amount of batter with this .
And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to scoop my batter , try not to disturb the rest of the batter , Get it onto my griddle .
I'm not too worried about circles .
Everyone wants perfect circles .
I don't , I also want my pancakes to be a certain size and this berry spoon gives me the perfect size .
When you're scooping .
Your pancakes do not be tempted to stir .
I'm picking up from the side , getting a scoop leaving all those bubbles intact in the rest of the batter .
Spread them out a little .
If you want them super round , that's fine .
I really don't care about .
Round pancakes .
Don't stir .
Put your pancake batter aside .
Don't stir .
Don't stare .
I have a lot of butter on my griddle and that's what I want .
I want my pancakes to almost fry around the edges .
I want that edge to be crispy and delicious and soak up as much butter as possible .
I like to use a plastic spatula for this .
Don't use metal for this .
You're gonna get scraped and it's not going to be non stick anymore .
There is a temptation , a temptation to turn your pancakes too quickly .
Stop relax , cleansing breath .
I'm watching for the bubbles on top to start popping through .
You can see there's a bubble about to pop .
There , there's a bubble that popped there .
I want my bubbles to pop up through the pancake and the pancake to be set before I start to flip .
I think they're ready to go when you get under the pancake .
A lot of times people push it and they the pancake around .
Do you want to get under there ?
Quick push and then flip away from you .
Look at that crispy edge , quick push , flip away if you flip to you , all that butter is gonna splatter on you .
So I like to flip away from myself .
Look at how big and light and fluffy these babies are and crispy right next .
Temptation is to start pressing down on these .
What are you doing when you do that ?
You are pushing all of the bubbles out .
Do not push on your pancakes .
Flip them .
Let them be the only thing I will do is this .
Sometimes I'll move them around a little just to soak up some of that .
But a lot of times the first pancake or the first crepe is the fail .
No , no , no , not with my pancakes .
The first pancakes are the best .
They're the Crispiest .
They got the best edges .
They got the best color pancakes are done .
I can tell they're done by this .
When I push on my pancake , they spring back .
If you push on your pancake and it squishes through and you see batter , they are not done .
You want to see some spring .
That's because they're light and fluffy and have lots of bubbles .
Let's put these on a plate .
It's all about the butter and the bubbles .
Just look at that stack of flapjacks when it comes to my pancakes .
I only eat three part of the reason is because they are filling and I don't hold back on the toppings .
I use butter and maple syrup .
Get a good maple syrup in my house .
We argue about this .
My wife and daughter like pancake syrup , which is the fake stuff .
My son and I like real maple syrup a great day .
You can use less of it and get more flavor and that's what I like .
And there is no substitute for salted whipped butter , salt and sweet go well together .
This is something my grandmother used all the time and I have great memories of salted whipped butter .
That's what I use .
It has a really great texture and the saltiness kind of shines through .
I always put a little on the bottom and then every layer gets a huge knob of butter , right ?
Like I said , I put a lot on there because I am a little bit nuts about my pancakes .
A nice smear on top and then you can douse it with your syrup .
Don't be shy with the syrup .
You're gonna have to sop everything up and that's what you wanna do .
Look , this is what I want you to see .
Look at that .
The butter is starting to melt and mix in with the syrup and it's getting , oh my gosh .
Like that is just like the most beautiful pancake pitch you'll ever see melty butter warm syrup .
And as promised the best way to make pancakes at home .
Let's give it a taste .
Make sure with this slice you get plenty of the butter , plenty of the syrup .
Don't be shy .
Make sure you get it on there like we put a lot on the plate so that you'll eat it ready .
Everything about that bite just makes you want to smile .
I'm gonna turn this around because I want you to see the light fluffiness going on inside here .
Look how many bubbles I have in my pancakes .
Follow the bubbles .
The bubbles are there .
That's a pancake .
Pancakes from scratch are not only better than the box .
You already have all the ingredients in your house and they are well worth the effort .
They are that much better .
My God .
Party foul .