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Never Make This Recipe With Your KitchenAid Mixer

Apr 6, 2008
I love to use my Kitchenaid mixer and I use it for a lot of recipes. However, recently I stumbled on a blog that was giving some advice for a recipe. In my opinion the recipe was pretty good but there was a problem that the author did not address. The recipe was for pancakes and it called for them being mixed up with an electric mixer which I think is not a very good option.

I like my pancakes to be really light and fluffy. And I find that if you use an electric mixer you tend to get thin and dense flap jack style results that just aren't as enjoyable as they could be.

You should always treat pancake batter delicately because of a special protein called gluten. This 2 part protein, made up of glutenin and gliadin, is created when you mix up flour and any liquid. This is perfectly ok when you are making bread because gluten adds body and density to your dough. But if you over mix your pancake batter, instead of light fluffy wonders you get tough and chewy results.

The general rule for me is when I want to make pancakes for breakfast, I leave my mixer alone and instead go for the old fashioned method.

You can use any basic pancake recipe that you like. The key to a great result is in the mixing. What you want to do is mix all the dry ingredients first in a bowl that is large enough for your batter. Next, mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Like all good recipes, preparation helps the recipe turn out better. For pancakes, make sure you have a hot pan or electric griddle ready for cooking before you mix the wet and dry together. I use a pan on the stove and if I had one I would use an electric griddle. They control the heat better and you can cook a lot more pancakes at one time. You can also wrap your cooked pancakes in a towl and place them in a 200 degree oven while you cook the rest and serve them.

With your cooking appliance hot and ready to go it is safe to make the batter. I prefer what is affectionately called the dump and stir method. The idea is to mix the wet and dry ingredients in about 12 seconds or less. So take the wet and dump them on top of the dry. Mix with a large spatula for a count of 12 and then immediately stop. Sometimes the batter does not get completely incorporated but that is ok because the cooking process will smooth things out.

Now you can cook the batter. Add about one third of a cup of batter to your griddle or pan and wait till bubbles appear on the outside. This is the signal that your pancake is ready to be flipped. With just the right amount of heat the bottom will be brown not pale. As gently as you can flip the pancake and cook the opposite side for about half as long as it took to cook the first side.

Now please promise me you will use real maple syrup on your pancakes. The taste is 100 times better than the corn syrup gunk you find on your store shelves. The cost is a bit more but a large bottle will last a long time (unless you eat pancakes every weekend). You just made some great pancakes so you really should treat them to the best topping too.

This is my secret to making the most fluffy and light pancakes you can at home. So remember to leave your KitchenAid mixer for the really tough jobs like kneading bread and you will be fine.
About the Author
Marcy Givens is a amature baker who decided to get educated by watching shows and reading blogs and articles about cooking. She has learned some important lessons and secrets for selecting the proper Kitchenaid mixers and attachments which she freely shares with her readers.
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