Suppose, it’s a Sunday morning and you are cooking a large batch of pancakes for breakfast.
The straight-out-of-the-pan pancakes will be soft and fluffy where each delicious bite will melt in your mouth make your tastebud sing in delight!
The third/fourth ones in the stack?
The texture won’t feel that crisp or buttery anymore! You will be eating limp and mushy pancakes that have become rubbery from being stacked for too long.
Thinking about reheating them for a quick fix?
Good luck getting the initial texture, taste or quality ever back!
Hey, don’t give up yet. We have got some pretty slick tricks up our sleeves to help you out! Read this article to know how to keep pancakes warm and enjoy eating food that tastes as good as it’s right off the griddle.
Different Methods Of Keeping Pancakes Warm
There are different ways you can follow to keep your pancakes warm. Whether you have an oven or not, it doesn’t matter as there’s always a way out!
1. How To Keep Pancakes Warm Without Oven
Are you cooking large quantities of pancakes for entertaining a crowd?
Then you need a heavy-duty solution for that!
For keeping large batches of pancakes warm, we suggest using a chafing dish for the best result. Chafing dishes are one kind of indirect stove where they use fuel to heat up a large, shallow pan of water. Then, later the heated water helps keep the food warm.
Chafing dishes are usually used at buffet restaurants for keeping foods warm until they are ready to serve. You can do the same thing with pancakes if you are planning to feed a large group of people.
If you want to keep your pancakes warm only for a short amount of time, then you can use a crockpot instead of a chafing dish.
Set the crockpot to “Low” and then add the pancakes into it. If you want to keep the pancake moist and fluffy inside, add some water into the water and then insert a raised rack on top of it. The warm, moist air will blow into the pancakes and help keep them moist.
Yes, you heard it right!
There’s actually specific pottery designed to keep your pancakes warm that’s called “Pancake warmer”!
The bowl-shaped warmer helps keep the cakes retain heat inside it. Keep in mind, the warmer isn’t for cooking purposes. It can only trap the heat inside the bowl. To keep the pancakes from getting soggy, there’s usually a small hole on the top to help the steam to escape.
Automatic Pancake Maker
Don’t want to take the hassle of cooking on the spot?
Well, that’s what the automated machines are there for!
For people who don’t want to take the pressure of cooking pancakes in the morning, there’s an automatic pancake maker to help them out. The automated maker can time your pancake’s cooking, allow you to set your desired temperature and helps you relax while serving breakfast.
All you have to do is to add the batter, set the timing and temperature and wait for the “beep” sound to let you know when it’s ready to serve!
You can also use a slow cooker for this purpose.
Simply wrap your pancakes in aluminum foil and then put them inside the slow cooker. Adjust the settings to “Warm” and take them out only when you are ready to eat. The warm setting of the slow cooker helps keep the texture nice and crispy without getting soggy.
The word “Cooler” may sound like it’s used for keeping food cold, right?
Turns out this device is used in both ways! Meaning, you can also use it for keeping food hot as well as cold.
Wrap the pancakes in aluminum foil and transfer them to the cooler/insulated bag. Keep in mind that it’s a temporary solution and you should check once in a while to make sure the temperature doesn’t dip below 140-Degrees Fahrenheit.
2. How To Keep Pancakes Warm In An Oven
Wire Cooling Rack
To keep the texture and crispiness of pancakes intact, you need a baking sheet, oven and a wire cooling rack.
The process is quite simple. You just need to place the wire rack inside the baking sheet. As the rack is placed above the baking sheet, the air gets to circulate freely around the pancake and prevent it from getting soggy.
Now place the whole setup in the middle of the oven and set the temperature to 225-Degrees Fahrenheit. In this setting, the food will stay warm without continuing to cook.
If you are working with small quantities of pancakes, then the microwave is probably the easiest solution for you.
For this purpose, you will need a medium-sized bowl that’s oven-safe. Next, you need to fill up 2/3 part of the bowl with water. Then place the bowl with water inside the microwave and let it come to a boil.
When the water is boiled completely, place a large plate on top of the bowl and put down the pancakes on top of the plate and close the door. The steam that comes from the water will keep the pancakes warm until you are ready to eat.
A toaster oven is known to cook food 30% faster than regular ovens. So, if you are using a toaster oven to keep your food warm, then you have to lower the temperature by at least 25-Degrees Fahrenheit.
We recommend preheating your toaster oven to 150-Degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking sheet on top of the center rack of the oven and let it get preheated as well. Now put down the pancakes on top of the baking sheet in a single layer and close the door.
A toaster oven is a bit smaller, you will able to fit in only 6 pancakes in this way. we suggest not piling up the pancakes on top of each other for the best result. However, if you do decide on stacking, make sure to put parchment paper in between the pieces.
Regular Oven And Greaseproof Paper
For this process, you will require greaseproof paper, a baking sheet and an oven.
First, you need to preheat your oven. Set the temperature at 200-Degrees Fahrenheit and let it get heated up.
Next, you need to place the pancakes inside the oven. However, if you don’t anything else, the cakes will most probably fall off through the bars of the oven rack. That’s why we suggest placing a baking sheet on top of the oven’s center rack and adding the pancakes over it.
If there are several pancakes in order, then you need to use greaseproof paper in between each piece of the stack. The square greaseproof paper will help keep the pancake’s individual shape and texture intact.
Following this process, you can keep your pancakes warm for 1 hour before they start getting overcooked.
3. How To Warm Up Pancake Just Before Serving?
Whether you are eating pancakes right off the pan or later, we suggest you always heat up your syrup before pouring over the pancakes.
If you pour refrigerated or room-temperature syrup on the pancakes, chances are, they will cool down or get hardened before you can eat them. To enjoy the pancakes in their best form, take a bowl/container, pour the syrup in it and put it inside the microwave for 30 seconds to get it hot.
Now pour the syrup over your freshly-made pancakes and get ready to have a delicious breakfast!
The pancakes are done, yet you need to finish frying an egg or two?
No problem! You can still make them work right on time if you remember to keep the plate heated!
Depending on how many pancakes you have made, take several plates off the rack and stack them on top of each other in the oven. Set the temperature at the lowest setting (150-200 Degrees Fahrenheit) and wait for 15 minutes. If you are using a microwave, then decrease the time frame to 1 or 2 minutes.
Once the plates are all warmed up, put your pancakes on top of the plates and serve them on the table when everyone is ready to eat.
This is the easiest solution for keeping your food warm for a short period of time.
Take a platter or bowl and put the freshly-baked pancakes inside it. Wrap the whole thing with the aluminum foil and put it aside until it’s time to eat.
There’s one problem with this solution. As the steam from the pancake will have no place to escape, they might get soggy after a while. That’s why we suggest using this method for a short period of time.
How Long Can I Keep Pancakes Warm?
We have mentioned several techniques for keeping pancakes warm in this article.
No matter which method you follow, keep in mind that pancakes are very much sensitive and can get cold very fast if there’s even a slight decrease in the temperature. Along with getting cold, the inside of the cakes lose sits fluffiness and get really mushy instead.
For these reasons, we recommend eating these delicious treats as soon as possible. Even if you are using the oven method (which keeps the pancakes warm the longest), do NOT leave it in the oven for more than 1 hour to prevent it from being burnt/overcooked.
Can You Make Pancakes Ahead Of Time?
Yes, actually! You can!
Since you guys are here to know different ways of keeping pancakes warm, we figured you could use some cheat sheets to lessen up the stress in your busy schedule.
To make the pancakes ahead of your time, just prepare the pancakes as you normally would. Then, transfer all the pieces onto a cookie sheet. Make sure the cakes are placed in a single layer.
Put the entire thing into the freezer with this setup. Wait for an hour till the pieces become frozen solid. Then transfer them into an airtight container/storage bag for future use.
Tips And Tricks
- Whatever method you use for keeping the cakes warm, always make sure not to stack a piece on top of the other. Stacking makes the food soggy inside within several minutes and loses its original texture.
- To keep the texture smooth for a long time, pay attention to your cooking style. When pouring the batter, don’t use more than 1/3 of a cup at a time. When the batter starts to bubble in the middle, flip the cake instantly to prevent it from being overcooked.
- Some toaster oven comes with convection settings which dry out the pancakes while reheating. In that case, we turning off the convection mode for this purpose. If you are unable to do so, reduce the temperature down to 120-Degree Fahrenheit for the best result.
- If the pancakes are a bit thick, there’s a chance they will get dried out while reheating. In that case, brush some butter on top of the cakes so that they stay moist without getting soggy.
It’s all about timing!
Serving pancakes right off the stove will not allow you to enjoy the morning breakfast with other members of your family. However, if you time everything properly and know how to keep pancakes warm for a short while, everyone will able to enjoy delicious pancakes along with your joyous company!
Hopefully, our article has given you some tips and helped you create the perfect batch of pancakes that stays warm, fluffy and enjoyable till the very last bite!