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Pancakes

roxlet May 25, 2013 10:56 AM

Whenever I make pancakes these days, I use the recipe for Fluffy Pancakes from The New Best Recipe. I don't really eat them, but my son and his friends seem to enjoy them a lot. Recently, I was in Williams-Sonoma, and I happened to buy a Pancake Pen to use in filling cupcake tins with batter. It worked really well for that since it was very easy to standardize the size of the cupcakes since I could control the batter going in very easily. I pulled the Pancake Pen out today and filled it with the pancake batter. Again, it was really easy to control the size of the pancakes, and I made them a lot smaller than I usually do. This improved them so much. I usually find pancakes are sort of soggy, but the smaller pancakes were perfect -- really crispy on the outside with a meltingly tender inside. I recommend this pancake pen wholeheartedly!

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  1. chowser RE: roxlet May 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    I wonder how it compares to much cheaper items like these condiment squeeze bottles. You get a three pack for $15, vs $9 for one at W.S.

    http://www.amazon.com/12-oz-Squeeze-B...

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      roxlet RE: chowser May 25, 2013 11:41 AM

      We have condiment squeeze bottles, which we use for things like my husband's BBQ sauce, and the chive oil he makes. You'd have to cut down the top quite a bit to make the opening wider, which you certainly could do easily. What I like about the pancake pen is that the bottom unscrews giving you a wider mouth into which you pour the batter. It larger than a squeeze bottle, so it holds just about a full 2 cup of flour recipe, and it's got a top that effectively closes off the tip of the nozzle when you turn it upsidedown when you fill it.

    2. girloftheworld RE: roxlet May 25, 2013 03:18 PM

      glad you found a toy you like..... i tend to just pour my pancakes using a little blue ladle

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        roxlet RE: girloftheworld May 25, 2013 03:39 PM

        Yes, I have always used a ladle too, but now I prefer this toy. I was able to get them down faster and more uniformly with no drips on the stove.

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          girloftheworld RE: roxlet May 25, 2013 03:44 PM

          I would love to get "perfect" pancakes... so I could stack them like chistmas trees and sprinkle them with powdered sugar...

          1. re: girloftheworld
            chowser RE: girloftheworld May 25, 2013 06:41 PM

            Pour them into varying size biscuit cutters, well oiled. Like these:

            http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Internatio...

            Even better if you want a Christmas tree, use star cutters:

            http://www.coppergifts.com/cookie-cut...

      2. juliejulez RE: roxlet May 25, 2013 05:11 PM

        A friend of mine who runs a daycare, and therefore makes tons of pancakes, swears by using an old ketchup bottle.

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          DuffyH RE: juliejulez May 26, 2013 12:41 AM

          I make small pancakes with my gravy ladle. To avoid drips, I scrape the bottom of the ladle on the rim of my mixing bowl. Low-tech, but it works really well.

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            breadchick RE: DuffyH May 27, 2013 04:18 PM

            Ditto that. Less to wash!

        2. ursy_ten RE: roxlet May 26, 2013 01:11 AM

          Thanks for the review! I got one recently - only I can't remember if it was the cupcake pen or the pancake pen (the nozzle was slightly bigger on one of them).

          I will have to drag it out and give it a test run!

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          1. re: ursy_ten
            roxlet RE: ursy_ten May 26, 2013 04:43 AM

            Yes, give it a try. A very worth-while gizmo!

          2. greygarious RE: roxlet May 27, 2013 11:51 AM

            How about putting the batter in a plastic bag and nipping off the corner? Just toss the bag once you've squeezed out all the batter.

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