Box pancake mixes only require adding water and oil to the mix before frying. This makes for a quick and tasty breakfast! But sometimes you may want to turn it up a notch and make pancakes that taste like you are eating at a five-star brunch restaurant. We get it and that is why we are going to show you how to make box pancakes better. Keep reading to pick up some easy tips and tricks.
How to Make Box Pancakes Better
Add an Egg or Two
So simple, yet so transformative. Adding an egg or two to your box pancake mix gives it great taste and texture, as well as a fluffier consistency. Not many pancake mixes call for eggs as part of the raw ingredients (mostly because of people’s egg allergies) so this is a nice way to add some color and flavor to your pancakes.
Using milk instead of water to make the pancake batter makes it so much smoother, especially if the milk used has a high-fat content. Even if you use low-fat milk, it will still improve the pancakes’ richness and taste.
Sift the Flour
Flour can naturally clump together into little nuggets, even when it’s not exposed to any moisture. Sifting flour before mixing it with wet ingredients makes for fluffier box pancakes, thanks to all the air mixed in between flour grains.
Add Melted Butter
Butter makes everything better, including box pancakes. Add a bit of melted butter when mixing the pancake mix. You can also fry the pancakes in melted butter instead of oil which makes for rich, creamy pancakes.
Switch Up The Type of Flour
Thanks to the variety of grains out there, it has become easy to find a variety of flours to make pancakes with. The most popular are from wheat grains. Adding a bit of a different flour can result in pancakes with a denser form and a deeper taste.
Spice It Up
Spices are a game-changer for plain pancake mix. Add some cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to the pancake mix. You can also and some lemon zest (for a citric kick). For a more exotic taste, you can try cardamom or allspice.
Mix in Ricotta Cheese
Love chocolate? Add some grated chocolate or chocolate chips to the pancake mix. You can also grate some chocolate and add it on top of the pancakes. You can never go wrong with pairing chocolate and pancakes.
Syrup Never Goes Out of Style
Syrup can be poured on top (or served on the side) of pancakes, enriching their sweetness. Syrups come in a variety of flavors, which include the classic maple, fruit-based syrups like pineapple and plum, as well as chocolate and strawberry. Whichever you choose, you’ll definitely end up with sweeter and more moistened pancakes.
Top Off Your Box Pancakes
Top your pancakes with fruits such as berries or kiwi, confectioneries like sprinkles and M&Ms, or try some grated cheese for a more savory flavor. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings!