Grab A Sheet Pan To Solve The Most Annoying Pancake Problem

Sheet pans solve a lot of our problems. If you're making appetizers for a crowd you can get around firing up the grill with sheet plan sliders, and if you want to avoid inconsistent cake layers, take a page out of Christina Tosi's book and bake them on a sheet pan. Likewise, when you're whipping up breakfast for the whole family, there's no easier way to make pancakes than with one of these trusty tools.

Sure, you could make flapjacks the old-fashioned way, by waiting for each one to cook on a frying pan. Or, you could make up to 10 pancakes at once by baking them on a sheet pan for as little as 15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is this method more efficient for pancake-making, but it leaves you free to do other things, whether that's making the rest of your breakfast or getting ready. All you need is a greased baking sheet and you can pour your pancake batter right on top and pop it in the oven.

Save time by making multiple pancakes at once in the oven

Another benefit of making sheet pan pancakes is that you can customize different sections to each person's preference. Once you've poured your batter onto the sheet pan, feel free to sprinkle different toppings in each corner — raspberries in one, chocolate chips in another, for example. If you want to use something liquid like blueberry sauce, just disperse a few spoonfuls over the batter and use a knife to create a swirling pattern. It may be tempting to use a baking dish with higher edges since you're pouring in wet batter, but once everything gets cooked, your flapjacks will turn out the same height as they would if you made them on the stove.

You may want to let your batter rest for about 10 minutes after mixing, but before pouring it into the sheet pan, let the flour absorb properly. And your baking time does depend on the size of your pan, as well as the temperature of the oven. If you're cooking for 15 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit as we mentioned, use a standard 9x13-inch pan so your pancakes come out nice and fluffy. When in doubt, check that the edges are a little golden, just like when they're done in a frying pan. Cut your flapjacks into squares to serve and feel free to douse them with more toppings.