Secrets to Making the Best Pancakes and Waffles

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Fluffy and tender pancakes or crispy and chewy waffles? There will always be two kinds of breakfast people. Choosing between the two is a breakfast dilemma- sometimes a brunch.


Pancakes and waffles are two breakfast staples made with the same ingredients: milk, eggs, and flour, but their batters are different. The techniques for making them perfect also differ. A pancake should have a slightly crispy edge, a golden brown exterior, and a fluffy center. When you bite into a caramel-colored waffle, it should be crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the center. 

Grab a bite of perfectly made pancakes and waffles by dining at a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, then take home the experience and try remaking them at home. Here’s a list of the best-kept secrets to perfecting waffles and pancakes to guide you.


Making the Glowing, Caramel-colored Waffles

 Did you know Thomas Jefferson started the waffle craze? In 1789, he returned to the United States from France with a long-handled waffle iron and set off a national waffle craze.


  • Choose the perfect waffle iron.

When purchasing a waffle iron, select one with a thermostat for adjusting the temperature, a cool-touch handle for safety, especially if you have kids at home, and one that is easy to store. Make sure you read the instruction manual before using your waffle iron.

  • Use the right amount of oil in the batter to avoid it from sticking.

If your batter is always sticking, try adding more oil to the batter.

  • Separate the yolks from the whites. 

Add the yolks to the wet ingredients of the batter, and in a separate bowl, beat the whites and fold using a spatula.

  • Don’t over-mix the batter.

The batter should be smooth enough to run into the crevices of the waffle plate. Over-mixing turns the flour into gluten, which creates a less fluffy waffle.

  • Don’t lift the lid too early.

Wait for the indicator light or steam.


Achieving the perfect waffle takes time and practice. If you haven’t yet and are craving exceptionally made waffles, call for catering in Fort Lauderdale and enjoy breakfast waffles at home with your loved ones. 


Achieving the Fluffy, Golden-Brown Pancakes

The best way to achieve a good stack of flapjacks is on a well-greased iron skillet or griddle.

  • Check the freshness of your baking soda.

Old or expired baking soda will make your pancakes flat, not light and fluffy.

  • Whisk your dry ingredients to avoid big lumps.

Whisking your dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients will keep you from over-mixing because you’re trying to de-lump your batter.

  • Resist the over-mix.

A few small lumps are better than a stiff batter that will turn into rubbery pancakes after frying.

  • Rest the batter.

Resting the batter will make some of the stubborn lumps take care of themselves.

  • Wipe out the pan between batches. 

Butter burns off the pan. Save your pancakes from the burnt bits that can ruin the taste.

Try the tips above to make the best pancakes and waffles. Tower Deli, a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, offers pancakes and waffles. Invite your family and friends to enjoy a feast at Tower Deli. For reservations, call (954) 452-8202.

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