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So i tried making pancakes again.

Theyre black, liquidy on the inside, and taste like cigarettes.

I bet these are also the only pancakes in the world with a rind harder than a piece of french bread.

I fail :C

*eats them anyway*

*Edit* NorthWolf: Thorn your pancakes taste like Mick Jagger's hair.

Yep. Yep that sums it up nicely.
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dunaerin From: dunaerin Date: September 26th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ironically, pancakes are one of the only things I -can- make. *helps?*
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok so what am I doing wrong? Last time, dunno if you read, but I used oil in the pan and they got crusty on the outside and stayed liquidy in the center like creme brulee. Someone said I probably didnt have the heat up high enough. So I turned the heat up this time and used butter so it wasnt deep frying the whole thing..but they turned black and now they taste like a casino.
dunaerin From: dunaerin Date: September 26th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, butter IS best, but you should cook it at a lower level. Start it high (if your at 1-10, try about 8) but then oncei t gets started, go lower, 6-5 and cook slow. when checking to flip, be careful, and dont be afraid to move the pan. Almost like pushing them off the pan to slide them onto your spatula, and careully lay em down so they dont break.

Mostly just slow cooking. Patience is all you need for good pancakes :3
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
ok so lower the heat and cook em slow. Ill try that. i still have lots of batter left, I only made 2 cuz thats how many i could stomach after eating leftover schnitzel. rrgh. :P

dunaerin From: dunaerin Date: September 26th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanna try schnitzel. :3
loriana From: loriana Date: September 27th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

More than you wanted to know :P

Sounds like everyone in this thread is giving good advice so far.

The point about watching your heat should be well taken, unfortunately it takes time for the pan to heat up- AND i dont know if you are cooking with a gas stove or an electric one.... THAT makes a big difference too! If you are using an electric one be aware that whatever tempreature change you make takes more time to take effect, meaning, unfortunately, you have to do a better job of guessing.

Use of butter is nearly a necessity- the butter usually helps cook the pancake deeper inside. If you dont use butter or if you use just a spray on cooking oil, you will need to make thinner pancakes to get them to cook nicely.

Typically you will be using a medium heat as has already been noted. Adding about 1/4 inch thick piece of stick butter with every large (8 inch) pancake you do. I use Bisquik and make very thick pancakes, so it uses a lot of butter, if you dont make so thick of pancakes you can get away with less.

You MUST look for the bubbles on top. The key is that when the bubbles burst, but do not re-seal and disappear but instead burst and leave a small hole, it is time to turn them. If you have the heat set just right, the pancake will not burn in this time, but will be a golden brown on the cooked side when you flip it. You can cook the other side, typically taking less time to cook on the second side than the first.

Usually the first pancake you do will be very light brown if the pan hasnt hit the correct temperature, but be wary, the pan will continue to heat up and you will be burning thembefore long. If you see a lot of smoke from the butter, your heat is too high.

Hope all of this gorey detail benifits you in some way---- I'll shut up now.

akeyla From: akeyla Date: September 26th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
evil cigarette butts pancake invaders from outer space.... did you try a local recipt? maybe itll make the bad cigarette charma go away...
what are your ingredients?
maybe try making em thinner (as thats how mist European p.cakes are) and lowering the fire?
what oven to you have? electric? gas?
try more oil perhaps?
dang, wish you were living closer, i could invite you over for p-cake session...:/ we have some weirdo crepe-pan too...
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I used a recipe from foodnetwork.com, which is usually very reliable. Its very simple ingredients: Buttermilk, Flour, Baking Powder, Eggs and a little bit of salt. They taste fine in the middle..its just cooking them that seems to be the trouble.

Ive been experimenting with heats and using oil instead of butter and vice versa and if its not one thing, another thing goes wrong.
akeyla From: akeyla Date: September 26th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
what I would suggest next is to add more flour to get the stuff to thicken.
I generally have no receipt, I cook after the eye.
I usually take 2 eggs, milk, sirup, some spoons yoghurt, salt and bake soda. then I add flour until I can see that the consistence is right. That is a semi liquid cake dough consistence. I spread it rather thin.
Thick works too, then it really becomes a cake ;)
bway, when I have to liquid dough and I notice it early enough in the pan i sometimes scramble my pancake. As in egg, precisely. Is not bad :) looks cool.
Mick Jagger?
ohman! thats another mental image I do not need... I'll hide it in the closet with the placenta....*G*
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
my food entries always have some gross gross downside to them :D
From: hollyannvix Date: September 26th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got my mom's recipe for home-made pancakes...I grew up with them, and they're probably the best tasting pancakes I've ever tasted :)

If you'd like the recipe, let me know! :)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
sure! i think its the way im cooking them though thats royally sucking. the batter seems fine, and tastes good..it just...doesnt cook right
From: hollyannvix Date: September 26th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

(in a large bowl)
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
3 teaspoons of baking powder

Mix the dry ingredients together.

(in a separate and smaller bowl)

1 beaten egg
1 3/4 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of oil (crisco or safflower, I've made them with both and they're both good)

Mix liquid ingredients together.

Add liquids to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined, but has a lumpy texture.

Grease frying pan with oil or Pam. Pour the batter in the frying pan to form pancakes and cook until the top of the pancake is full of bubbles. Flip pancake and let cook until golden brown.

Makes one batch.

Hope that helps :) My mom actually had this recipe in an old book...I think it belonged to her grandmother or something...but they're awesome pancakes :)
breakfastfox From: breakfastfox Date: September 26th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

What temperature are you setting them on? I had that problem until I lowered the temp on the stove. Lower heat = more cooking on the inside. Same with snausages. :D
maggock From: maggock Date: September 26th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
All is not lost! Read this ten times and try again. (if you were closer and I had the show on tape, I'd make you watch it, but dang it, you're a little far away for that!)
unciaa From: unciaa Date: September 26th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
American pancakes or European pancakes [ie, crepes]? Can't make the first kind, but the second should never be thick enough to even be able of having a liquid inside.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 26th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
american. if i made german pancakes i would have been an expert by now. but nah. the light and fluffy ones just end up black and goopy.
From: animarelic Date: September 26th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The trick is to cook them on low heat, so that they cook all the way through without burning on top. Otherwise, you get black pancakes if you wait for them to deliquidify in the middle. :/

It took me like 3 years to make pancakes that actually tasted like pancakes. It's a skill that I take pride in because apparently I am a pancake retard.
yaochi From: yaochi Date: September 26th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Perhaps an entire line of cigarette flavoured foods.

Cigarette Beer, and Soda too.

How about Cigarette flavoured Milk ? Just the thing for babies.

Cigarette flavoured Geritol...

imagine the possibilities
exatron From: exatron Date: September 26th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had that problem with pancakes before. Usually, it happens if the griddle is too hot.
From: gerbilsage Date: September 27th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
All-time easiest pancake recipe that is impossible to fuck up:

2 eggs.

Put the flour in a bowl and add the eggs. Then add enough milk to turn it into a batter. What the hell is with this baking soda crap?

Next, my fine friend, throw some butter in a pan with a little oil. The oil will stop the butter from burning. Pour in a little of the batter. You only just want to cover the bottom of the pan. If you pour in too much, it won't cook properly. Wait for bubbles and then flip.

If you want to really understand the way pancakes work, try making Ugly Cake.

Grab a tin of fruit salad, drain off some of the liquid and throw it into a frying pan with a huge knob of butter. Once it's boiled down a bit, add the above pancake mix. Wait for it to get gluggy and then mix it around. The pancake mix will go solid and yummy.


- M.
silver_huskey From: silver_huskey Date: September 27th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I can't add anymore to the pancake advice, it's all good. So...

Don't feel bad, I just overcooked some expensive sirloin hamburger patties on Sunday. They were supposed to have a "light crunch" and they ended up being deep fried (in expensive olive oil no less). Needless to say my mom wasn't too happy since the meat was expensive and overcooked. When they were finally cooled they hard a hardness akin to charcoal. Though in my opinion they still tasted good. Unfortunately hard meat doesn't seem to be good for the stomach. I haven't felt right since Sunday. XD (Yes, I'm still eating them because they taste good.)
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