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Homemade Caramel Pancakes: step-by-step guide

There’s something undeniably comforting about the warm aroma of freshly made pancakes wafting through the kitchen, especially when they’re infused with the rich sweetness of caramel. Elevating the classic breakfast staple to new heights, caramel pancakes offer a decadent treat that’s perfect for leisurely weekend mornings or special occasions. If you’re ready to embark on a culinary adventure that combines fluffy pancakes with luscious caramel goodness, follow along as we explore the steps to create these irresistible delights from scratch.

Ingredients:

To create the perfect stack of caramel pancakes, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or substitute with 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Optional toppings: Sliced bananas, chopped nuts, whipped cream

Instructions:

  • Prepare the Pancake Batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

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  • Mix Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold them together using a spatula. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps in the batter are perfectly fine.
  • Heat the Pan: Place a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray.
  • Cook the Pancakes: Once the pan is hot, ladle a portion of the pancake batter onto the skillet, using about 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancake and the edges begin to set, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Assemble the Pancakes: Stack the cooked pancakes on a serving plate, layering them with caramel sauce between each pancake.
  • Drizzle with Caramel Sauce: Generously drizzle additional caramel sauce over the top of the stacked pancakes, allowing it to cascade down the sides for a beautiful presentation.
  • Add Toppings: Garnish the caramel pancakes with your favorite toppings, such as sliced bananas, chopped nuts, or a dollop of whipped cream, to enhance both flavor and visual appeal.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Serve the caramel pancakes immediately while still warm, allowing the caramel sauce to meld with the fluffy texture of the pancakes for a truly indulgent experience.

Tips for Success:

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  • Consistency is Key: Ensure that your pancake batter is not too thick or too thin. It should have a pourable consistency that allows it to spread evenly on the skillet.
  • Even Heat Distribution: Maintain a steady medium heat on your skillet to ensure that the pancakes cook evenly without burning.
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce: While store-bought caramel sauce works perfectly fine, consider making your own homemade caramel sauce for an extra-special touch. Simply melt sugar in a saucepan until golden brown, then stir in cream and butter until smooth and creamy.

With their fluffy texture and irresistible caramel flavor, homemade caramel pancakes are sure to become a favorite indulgence for breakfast or brunch. Whether enjoyed with a simple drizzle of caramel sauce or adorned with an array of toppings, these delectable treats are bound to delight your taste buds and warm your heart with each delightful bite. So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a stack of homemade caramel pancakes and savor the sweet perfection that awaits?


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