You can feel the warmth oozing through the viewer screen when you watch a family stand around the kitchen island or sit down at the dinette table to partake in the morning ritual of slowly devouring pancakes.

They taste so good and the company ain’t bad either.

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Even the beautiful people love to eat them for breakfast.

Do you want proof?

Please take a look at Fitness Model Elizabeth Zaks. Isn’t she gorgeous?, article, elizabeth zaks photo credit

And she eats pancakes. Check it out while it lasts.

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At her profile she smiles, “My name’s Elizabeth Zaks, I’m 18 and from Florida. Being Russian, I think I have some pretty unique features that will help me go far with modeling. For now I’m looking for jobs to gain a little more experience and a lot more exposure. I am always looking for something new, and challenges do nothing but excite me more and open up my imagination for new ideas.”

We can just see the headlines: Sweet Girl, Sweet 18, dines on Sweet Pancakes., article, elizabeth zaks photo credit

Here you can really see her personality blossom.

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Elizabeth is so popular on Instagram that she has gained more than 480,000 followers there for her frequent workout photos and videos, as well as those featuring her bikini modeling. She has also maintained her own eponymous YouTube channel, where she has frequently posted fitness vlogs and workout tutorials. She has earned more than 30,000 subscribers there.

We are inspired to watch Elizabeth and to eat pancakes.

We have an enjoyable female writer who would like to share some healthy thoughts on that subject.

Therese Heckenkamp has published two Christian novels. Her first, Past Suspicion, is a romantic suspense story. Her second novel, Frozen Footprints is a suspense thriller. Both books became #1 Bestsellers in the Amazon Kindle Religious and Liturgical Drama category. Therese continues to write novels as well as articles.

Okay Therese, we’re all ready to sit down in the kitchen and eat some pancakes.


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By Therese Heckenkamp

Like pancakes? You’re going to love them once you read these tips and tricks that will transform you into an expert pancake chef! Learn all about ingredients, mixing, cooking, flipping, presentation, storing, reheating, and more!


Fresh flour makes a difference in pancake flavor and texture, because the simpler the recipe, the more vital high-quality ingredients are. So buy flour from a health food store, local mill, or natural foods section of the grocery store.

Try using cake flour for super light, fluffy pancakes.


Test if the griddle is hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If the drops dance and sizzle, it’s ready.

You may want to test the batter and griddle by cooking one trial pancake first.

If your pancakes are browning on the bottom before bubbles appear on top, the griddle is too hot; whereas if the tops become dry before the bottoms are golden brown, the griddle is not hot enough.


Do not over-mix pancake batter because this overdevelops the gluten, resulting in rubbery pancakes. Over-mixing also bursts the batter air bubbles, which are important for light pancakes.

Cook baking soda pancake batter immediately, because the liquid starts reacting immediately, and if you wait too long, the batter will go flat.

Stir the batter gently ONLY until moistened. The remaining small lumps will cook out, so don’t worry about them.

Keep in mind that each cook measures differently, so the batter may need slight adjustments. If the batter seems too thick, thin it with a tablespoon at a time or milk or buttermilk or water; if it seems too thin and runny, blend in a tablespoon or so of flour.

Pancake batter that is too runny equals thin, flat pancakes.

Pancake batter that is too thick means it won’t spread, resulting in thick pancakes with doughy centers.

Pancake batter consistency is important, but sometimes unpredictable, since ingredients, how long the batter sits, and even weather affect the batter.

Keep in mind that batters made with wheat flour will thicken as they stand.

Pouring Pancakes

A ladle works for pouring pancake batter, but if you use one, realize that the higher you hold it, the more you risk breaking the air bubbles in the batter. Therefore, hold the ladle near the surface of the griddle.

You want at least an inch of space between cooking pancakes, so remember when you pour the batter that it will spread.

Spatula Use

Resist the urge to move pancakes while the first side is cooking, as this will break the seal between the pancake and cooking surface, meaning the pancake will not cook as evenly.

Similarly, turn pancakes only once. The second side never cooks as evenly as the first, and takes only about half the time to cook as the first.

A thin, broad spatula slides easily under delicate pancakes and enables you to flip them without mangling them.

Lift only the edge of a pancake with a spatula to see if it’s golden brown and ready to flip.

Flip gently, don’t toss your pancakes sky-high unless you want them stuck on the ceiling or the floor!

After flipping, cook 1-2 minutes more.

NEVER pat pancakes with the spatula.

Leftover Pancakes and Reheating

Freeze leftover pancakes in airtight plastic bags.

Reheat pancakes in a toaster, toaster oven or regular oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes. If using the oven, first place the pancakes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Reheating pancakes in a microwave is not recommended, as it tends to toughen pancakes.

Pancake Mixes

If you like eating pancakes often, make your own mix to have handy. Simply blend the dry ingredients of your favorite recipe and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Pancake Presentation Tips

Make the pancakes a uniform size and arrange them nicely on a serving platter (kept warm in the oven).

Warm the plates and syrup and butter.

Heat the syrup in a microwave-safe little pitcher for 15-30 seconds.

Serve pancakes with the nicest sides facing up.

Garnish pancakes with a dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa, fresh fruit slices, or nuts.

Warm Honey Syrup

Heat honey to the boiling point and it will become thin and pourable, a deliciously different pancake syrup.

Creative “Letter” Pancakes

Fill a sealable plastic bag with pancake batter (or use a squeeze bottle), cut a hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze the batter out, writing letters to spell your child’s name or initials.
Note: The size of the hole will determine the size of the pancake letters.

Top Pancakes

Sometimes all you need to make a good pancake an awesome pancake is the right topping. Be creative, and you just may discover the best pancake topping ever.

Move over maple syrup. It’s time to try something new!

Below you will find a selection of Delicious Pancake Topping Suggestions:

Canned fruit pie fillings
Jam (heat in microwave and stir, this makes a nice, pourable consistency.)
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup
Butterscotch sauce
Peanut butter
Ice cream
Cream cheese (don’t forget all the flavored varieties!)
Cottage cheese
Simply dust with powdered sugar or cocoa. You could even use a simple stencil (snowflake, heart, star, etc. . .) for a stunning effect!

Visit to find all things pancake-related, from recipes to products and more!

Like getting creative in the kitchen? features decorative little cakes that make any occasion special!

Therese Heckenkamp writes for various websites and has published a book, “Past Suspicion.”

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