This Sunday morning, Americans will wake up and do everything they can to distract themselves from Monday. As the west coast is sleeping, the east coast will have their first shot at the age old matchup: Pancakes vs. Waffles.
Historically, Pancakes lead the series will an all-time record of 123 wins to 90 losses. In recent times, Waffles have moved into the lead with the proliferation of waffle makers and hung-over hipsters in urban areas. American waffle pioneer Lady Anna Von Bakersfield once said "the only problem with pancakes is that they're not waffles".
As we all know, all time win / loss records and waffle zealots don't do much to solve the debate: are pancakes better than waffles? Here's our in depth review of the matchup:
- Choose your size: Pancakes allow you to choose the size of the pancake that you're eating, which is almost always governed by how large a pancake you can successfully flip with your spatula.
- Toppings are easier to spread evenly across all bites of a pancake.
- Fluffy, dough-y goodness.
- Pancakes are served in stacks, short stack, long stack. As we know, more is always better.
- Pancakes have an international house, where waffles just have a house.
- Lower in fat.
- Waffles have wonderful little pockets to fill up with copious amounts of maple syrup.
- Waffles have crispy bits on the edges.
- Easier to cook.
- Can't be confused as a crepe.
- Waffles are Pancakes with abs (credit: Rip Van Wafel).
- Higher in fat.
- Easier to share, not that you would ever share a waffle with anyone.
On paper, it's a pretty even matchup. What do we recommend? We're giving the edge to pancakes because we love the fact that we can evenly spread toppings on our pancakes. Waffles? Not so much. It's just too easy to get one bite with all the toppings, and another bite with none of the toppings. These days, we're dressing up our pancakes with maple syrup (grade B, obviously), and spreading a thick layer of Life of Riley Walnut Butter across the top.
When we're crunched for time, we've been using the fantastic just add water Pancake or Waffle mixes from Birch Benders
. Birch Benders makes super easy to use mixes that taste great and are offered in a ton of cool varieties. Their standard mix comes in three flavors, Classic, Six Grain Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chip
. But wait, there's more! Birch Benders also offers gluten-free mixes
, paleo mixes
, and a protein packed option
so that you can get your swole on.
Like many just add water mixes, it might take you a few test pancakes to get the griddle temperature correct. We recommend using butter or ghee liberally, and make sure that your griddle heat is just below medium. Have patience when you go for the first flip and let those tiny little bubbles come to the top as your guide.
If you're looking for a classic home-made pancake recipe, you can't go wrong with the famous Joy of Cooking recipe:
Whisk in big bowl:
Whisk in another bowl:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp sugar ( I like br. sugar)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted (We usually sub veg. oil 'cause we're too lazy to take a minute and melt the butter)
2 lg. eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional - or so they say. We always add vanilla extract to a pancake recipe)
Pour wet over dry and mix until just combined. We've found that letting the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes is best. That'll give the baking powder time to react and makes for a lighter, fluffier pancakes
. You can also beat the eggs and sugar for a couple of minutes into a fluffy mess and fold that into the other mixed ingredients and that helps with fluffiness too. It's a very basic recipe but that chemistry is just right.