In Search of the Perfect Pancake

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyThis week we all heard the sad news that Leonard Nimoy passed away. I’d already written this post, so I thought it could be a tribute to the man who has touched and influenced so many people.

Most people remember him most fondly as Spock on Star Trek, but I also remember him from theΒ TV show “In Search of…” that he hosted. That show fueled my imagination for the unknown and science fiction and storytelling.

But we all know those stories were true, right? *wink wink*

I thought I’d do my own version of “In Search of…” Mermaids Don’t Do Windows style.

Welcome to the wonderful, weird, and unexplained.

The mysterious perfect stack of pancakes. That mouth-watering golden brown, evenly distributed color on both sides. The symmetrical roundness. The consistent 1/8-inch thickness. Fluffy, yet not cakey.

Some people have seen these perfect pancakes. Some have even made them. But where is the proof?

For most people (OK, me), creating this elusive perfection is just… out… of… reach.

Do they really exist? My family doesn’t think so!

We will explore the unknown world of pancakes in a way we have never experienced.

First, it’s all about the heat of the skillet. I’m stating the obvious here, but if it’s too hot, they burn. If not hot enough, they’re pale and not cooked through.

Observe the bubbles in the batter. Look for even spacing.

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyLook harder…

I content that the perfect pancake does not exist, but maybe because I’m the one wielding the spatula.

The moment of the flip should give another sign of that elusive perfection. Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyPancakes with crop circles rings!

This is when my dad pounds his pancakes into flat, pseudo-crepes in his search for perfection. πŸ˜€

The evidence is clear, the perfect pancake is elusive and possibly non-existent.

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyWhat about you? Can you create the perfect pancake? If so, share your pancake making secrets!

Live long and prosper!

14 comments on… “In Search of the Perfect Pancake”

  1. Great way to turn your post into a tribute to Leonard Nimoy!

    I suck at cooking pancakes. Maybe I don’t have the patience to cook them the right way. My husband, on the other hand, is the pancake king. He seems to have an easy time at it, so I pass the spatula to him! πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Lynn–a tribute seemed appropriate. He will be missed.

      I think you have mastered the perfect pancake by passing the spatula to the Pancake King. LOL.

  2. My perfect pancakes are from the Quinoa 365 cookbook – pumpkin pancakes. They get crispy on the outside but the inside is the texture of pumpkin pie filling. With real Canadian maple syrup, SO yummy!

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, my! I’m drooling! I love pumpkin pancakes! Thanks for sharing your favorite recipe, Lindsey. πŸ™‚

  3. I have a recipe from a hillbilly cookbook that turns out THE best pancakes I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. They’re light, and so thin you can almost see through them. It takes three or four to equal the thickness of an average pancake.

    I haven’t made any since having to go gluten-free, but someday, I might give it a whirl – and hope they turn out even half as good.

    As for shape? I don’t care about the shape anymore than whether a cookie is broken or a piece of cake landed upside down on a plate. Taste is what counts. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      You like them thin, no fluff at all? I’ve seen a GF mix at the store–I hope you can find one that would taste good to you. Maybe add more milk to make them thinner, even.

      “Taste is what counts.” That is the absolute truth, Kristy! πŸ˜€

  4. The perfect pancake is one not made by me. πŸ˜€ Yours will do just fine. Hehehe. But seriously, I used to try and make fun shapes. Never happened. They always came out as blobs.

    By the way, I was a huge fan of ‘In Search of…” All totally true! πŸ˜‰

    • Diana Beebe

      Blobs shapes are the best–you can make up whatever shape you want them to be. “What? You don’t see it?” πŸ˜‰

      Absolutely true stories!

    • Diana Beebe

      WHAT? That is crazy! I guess I’ve been doing shapes wrong all these years. LOL. Thanks for sharing the video. I’m not sure I’ll show the kids, because they might expect that kind of Star Wars greatness in our kitchen.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks for the recipe! I will take a look at it.

      So butter between batches is key…. Thanks for the tip!

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