Much like congee and an omelette, pancakes are always on the top-three list of our favourite breakfast essentials.

And as much as we love to have our banana pancakes at Chu Chocolate Bar & Cafe or the Texas-style gigantic hotcakes at Breakfast Story, being in lockdown just forces us to go into our fancy pancake fast.

What we’ve realised, however, is that homemade pancakes can be made just as gourmet as the restaurant-quality ones. We’ve tried and tasted these recipes down below to know they make some of the best pancakes we’ve ever sunk our teeth into. Scroll down to see which types fit your standard of taste and let’s flip some hotcakes off the griddle.

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Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

If classic buttermilk pancakes are what you’re after, this recipe by Bigger Bolder Baking should be your go-to. The blogger will also teach you how to easily craft your own buttermilk from scratch using milk and vinegar. We tried this recipe countless times, and the result? Never far from pillowy perfection. The tangy, thick milk does duo duties in breaking down the gluten and activating (as acids like vinegars do) the leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder in the batter. This results in extra fluffy cakes.

Crispiest Pancakes

Just like how we love our fried egg to be on top of pad ka prao, something about crispy-edged, soft, and ooey-centred pancakes excite our palates. Crispened up in a pool of clarified butter, this recipe by Chef Jake Leiber is to-die-for. It’s rich, crispy, velvety, and a pure guilty pleasure.

The Fluffiest Pancakes

As easy as it looks, making flawless, foolproof fluffy pancakes takes the right formula and ratio. And Tasty has got fluffy pancake recipes down to a science. This six-minute, hotcake 101 video will turn you into a no-joke pancake expert.

Dutch Baby Pancake

For a more versatile style of pancake, make this dutch baby pancake. There’s a horizon of toppings that go deliciously well with this type of pancakes – say butter and maple syrup, Nutella & banana, ham and creme fraiche, berries and ice cream, fried egg and cured salmon, and more. You can go down the savoury or sweet route; the possibilities are endless.

Fluffy Pancakes with Matty Matheson

Even if you don’t end up cooking anything, Matty Matheson’s cooking videos will be a pure bliss to watch. The Canadian-native chef is known for his humour and funny realness. This blueberry-packed pancake will also show you his mastery in cooking. And since you’re already on the channel, his lasagna and lemon meringue pie videos are also worth checking out.

8 Easy Homemade Pancake Recipe

Tired of regular pancakes? Try these. The cinnamon swirl pancake is your shortcut to the velvety cinnamon bun, whereas the blood-red one is a replacement to a dull slice of red velvet cake.

One Cup Pancakes

For one thing, we don’t quite understand why people like to top their pancakes with yoghurt – but people do. No shade here, but tangy and sweet just don’t go down the same path for. Yet if you’re a rare snowflake and you’re all about this flavour combination, by all means, Jamie Oliver’s one cup pancakes should be your move. It’s also kid-friendly, perfect for a little family cooking project.

Natural Banana Pancakes – Gluten Free, Flourless, Low Calories

For fitness buffs who crave for pancakes but are not down for the sky-high calorie intake, this recipe here only calls for two pure forms of ingredients: banana and egg. It’s easy to make but won’t fail to satisfy your craving.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.