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Old 02-11-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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The first pancake

What is it with the first pancake? I know I'm not the only one who messes up the first pancake. I can make 75 perfect ones after that, but the first one ALWAYS messes up. Why?

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Old 02-11-2010, 08:58 PM   #2
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There is a Russian proverb: First pancake is always ruied.

I think it is ecause the temperature is not adjusted proparly.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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Yes, the temp is usually not right. It's ok though, it gives me a chance to taste one!
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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Do you make them one at a time? I don't.

I put several on the griddle at once and they all come out the same.

I have heard repeatedly that the first crepe always comes out bad but never heard it applied to pancakes.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:13 PM   #5
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I make them pretty big, two at a time on the griddle
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:34 PM   #6
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It's always my last one that is odd. Using up the batter gets you one that is too big or too small compared to the rest. And it's always flat for me since the batter has lost some of its "oomph". I make sure I put it right onto my own plate.

My SIL was always pancake challenged. Hers would come out in shapes...DH says they always looked like states and the family would try to guess which one! She and her DH come to our home for pancakes now...
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:42 PM   #7
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It is indeed the temperature of the pan that messes up the first pancake. I have been making the same pancakes on the same pan, on the same stove for so long that I know where to set the flame. I let the pan preheat while making the batter. I then lightly oil the pan surface, after the pan is hot. I make them 4 at a time, so close together that they almost touch (sometimes they do). The first batch comes out identical to the last batch.

Moral of the story, know your equipment and technique. It's like shooting a bow, consistancy in method will insure great results.

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Old 02-12-2010, 03:56 AM   #8
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I used to have the first pancake syndrome too until I got me a cast iron skillet. Now ALL my pancakes are perfect, even ALL my crepes! :-)
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hmm weird my first pancake and crepe is always the best the rest just become mess ups : (
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:43 AM   #10
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My mother always said the first kid and the first pancake should be thrown away.

I am the first kid.
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