Celebrity Chef: IHOP’s Perfect Pancakes

IHOP’s famous pancake recipe is top secret, but you can make your own perfect pancakes at home. Here are IHOP’s tips to ensure your pancakes come out perfect every time.

Water temperature – when preparing your dry pancake mix it is essential that water be chilled to less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Using ice we bring our water to this temperature when preparing a fresh batch of pancake batter.

Lumps are good – do not over mix the pancake batter. Ensure that there are some lumps of flour that remain. If the batter is a smooth consistency you will not be able to prepare tall, fluffy pancakes.

Grill temperature – ensure that your grill is at 350 degrees and that you do not have hot or cold spots on the grill that can affect cooking time.

Cook time – we judge if a pancake is ready by appearance. When dropping the pancake batter we look for bubbles to form and for the batter to have a dull appearance, this is approximately 2.5 minutes. After flipping, cook approximately 2 minutes. Appearance is the best judge as temperatures can vary.

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