One of my favorite breakfast meals are pancakes. They can be made light and fluffy, warmed and drizzled with honey, or with whipped cream and sliced fruits on top. The only problem is, I’m not much of a morning person, and can’t stand to get up earlier just to make pancake batter. What I want is to make the pancake batter at night or during the weekends when I have more time, and keep the batter until I need to prepare some pancakes.
Pancakes are indeed small stacks of joy made to brighten up our day. I understand that you would rather sleep in on a cool morning, and that’s alright! You can opt to make the pancake batter earlier to still be able to enjoy your morning treat.
Pancake batter can be frozen, just make sure that the recipe makes use of baking powder instead of soda. If you’re using pancake mixes, double check the instructions to see if freezing is recommended or advised against. Just place the batter inside plastic zipping freezer bags and thaw as needed.
Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?
Pancake batter can be refrigerated or frozen, but only those that use the leavening agents yeast or baking powder instead of soda. This is because the soda will be expended when thawing out the batter.
The texture of the pancake made from frozen batter will be less light and less fluffy than the usual. This is because the leavening agents will only be activated by heat, so there’s less when the batter is frozen.
If you would rather make pancakes immediately after making the batter, you can also freeze cooked pancakes. They will deflate a bit, but it’s a quicker and more convenient option during the mornings.
Seal the pancake batter completely, checking for tears or leaks. For good measure, cover the tops with plastic wrap to avoid changes in odor from the other food in the freezer.
If you want fluffier pancakes, add a pinch of baking soda to the batter. You can also add whipped egg whites to help the pancakes rise.
You can thaw the pancake batter inside the refrigerator overnight, or you can soak the container in warm water for a few hours. Don’t refreeze any thawed batter as this will ruin the quality of the pancake batter.
How to Freeze Pancake Batter
It is safe to freeze pancake batter, but remember that pancake batter that is frozen before being cooked results in less fluffy pancakes.
- First, prepare your pancake batter according to your favorite recipe.
Double check that the leavening agent used is baking powder or yeast.
- Next, pour the cooled pancake batter into a freezer bag.
- Excess air should be squeezed out of the plastic bag containers. However, there should be an adequate amount of space left as pancake batter expands slightly when frozen.
- Place the bag inside the freezer. Make sure to label it with the date of preparation. You can store the pancake batter up to three months inside the freezer.
- To thaw the batter, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight. You can also soak it in warm water.
- Cut off a corner of the plastic bag to pipe the batter onto the cooking pan.
Enjoy your quick and easy pancakes in the morning!
Pancake Batter Recipes
For a veggie treat, try the Deep Fried Cauliflower Recipe that uses pancake batter as a coating. It’s light and crispy that’s perfect for an afternoon snack!
If you want bite-sized pancakes, try making these Pancake Batter Doughnut Holes instead. Eat them plain or drizzle with different sauces. This is surely a hit with younger kids as well.
Create the heavenly Pancake Breakfast Cupcakes, which gives any morning the boost needed to have a great day! It’s also great for parties and get togethers with friends and family.