A person whisking a bowl of pancake batter
The Crucial Mistake You're Making With Pancake Batter
Pancakes that are perfectly fluffy can be surprisingly tricky to achieve. When mixing your batter, it's crucial to avoid a key mistake with the temperature of your water.
Adding warm water to the batter can prematurely activate gluten in the flour, leading to deflated, non-fluffy pancakes. To preserve their fluffiness, always use cold water.
Another mistake is overmixing the batter until no lumps remain. This deflates the air bubbles formed by baking soda or baking powder, and can also hinder fluffiness.
To cook the pancakes, add oil to a cold pan and gradually heat it to prevent the pan from smoking. Cooking on medium heat is ideal to prevent undercooking or burning.