1. Overmixing your batter
Have you ever got that temptation where you just want to mix until all of the lumps are gone and it’s totally smooth?
Don't do that. The more you mix the batter, the more the gluten continues to develop.
As a result, you will get tough, chewy pancakes instead of the light and fluffy ones you were probably dreaming about.
Follow this tip: Don't overmix your batter. Mix the batter just until there are no more visible wisps of flour. The batter will likely be lumpy, and that’s expected.
2. Not resting the batter
You’re so close to a blissful pancake breakfast, it seems like a cruel joke to wait a little longer.
This one is important, and one that should not be skipped over.
No matter how hungry you are.
When you rest the batter, the gluten that was once activated during mixing will start to relax. As a result, the molecules in the flour will absorb the liquid in the batter, and thus giving you a thicker consistency.
Follow this tip: Rest your batter for 10 - 30 minutes, and use that time to make toppings or clean up.
3. Not starting with a hot-enough pan
A sign of a good pancake is one that is delicate and buttery-crisp around the edges with a soft, fluffy interior.
If you start with a pan or a skillet that’s not hot enough the batter will just soak and get mixed with the oil in the pan, instead of forming a fluffy pancake we all love.
Follow this tip: Give your pan some time to get good and hot evenly. Before adding the batter, add a little bit of butter or oil to test. It should be hot but not smoking.