Who doesn’t like pancakes? Yesterday, Tuesday, February 25th, the UK celebrated Pancake Day. What if I tell you, you could make the best, perfect, pancakes ever? There are already hundredths of recipes online for making pancakes, but scientists from the American Chemical Society shared their secret for the best pancake recipe ever.
What makes a perfect recipe, if not a secret ingredient?
That’s what the scientists focus on. Any regular pancake recipe includes milk, flour, and eggs; however, aside from these three ingredients, others could make your pancakes ideally. Experts say that you can add lemon juice and baking soda to your batter, and it will make your pancakes even much tastier.
What do the lemon juice and baking soda do to your batter? They produce a bubble of gas, which will make your pancakes fluffier. And while it all sounds yummy so far, the extra baking soda makes your final product look more brown. “Having just a little bit of baking soda that’s not neutralized by acid helps pancakes develop color and flavor, but not too much or they’ll brown too quickly and taste burnt,” explains the American Chemical Society.
The above explanation is based on the Maillard reaction, which is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavor. “If you really want to enhance Maillard, fold some melted butter or oil into the batter,” added the researchers.
What not to do
“You might be tempted to beat your pancake batter until it’s perfectly smooth, and there are no lumps of dry ingredients to be seen. “Over mixing your pancake batter will make it tough…just mix your batter until it is combined,” said the experts. All you have to do now is to give this recipe a shot and let us know how you find it.
And that’s the scientists’ opinion on the perfect pancake recipe!
Doris’s passion for writing started to take shape in college where she was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper. Even though she ended up working in IT for more than 7 years, she’s now back to what he always enjoyed doing. With a true passion for technology, Doris mostly covers tech-related topics.