Fluffy Pancakes



Fluffy Pancakes

Starring in the American breakfast, pancakes have now also won over Italian families. If you've already dabbled with the many pancake recipes, we recommend you try an irresistible variant from the Land of the Rising Sun, the fluffy pancakes! Taller than their overseas cousins, Japanese pancakes are characterized by a particularly soft and airy consistency that reminds of the famous cotton cheesecake, similar to a soufflé. Even in this case, you will need to pay a lot of attention to the cooking to achieve a perfect result, but by following a few small tips you will see it's easier than expected! Accompany the fluffy pancakes with fresh fruit and whipped cream, jam, maple syrup or namelaka for those with a sweet tooth, and start your day biting into a cloud of sweetness!

Also try dorayaki (Doraemon's favorites) or these delicious pancake variations:



For 4 Pancakes
Egg whites 3 tbsp (84 g) - (approximately 2)
Egg yolks 1.2 oz (34 g) - (about 2)
Flour 00 1 cup (35 g)
Powdered yeast for sweets 0.07 oz (2 g)
Whole milk 2 tbsp (25 g)
Sugar 2 tbsp (25 g)
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
For Greasing the Pan
Butter to taste

How to prepare Fluffy Pancakes

To prepare the fluffy pancakes, first pour the egg whites into a bowl and place them in the freezer until a thin ice layer forms, which will take about 10 minutes. In another bowl, pour the yolks, add the milk 1 and mix with a whisk. Add the vanilla extract 2 and the sifted all-purpose flour 3.

Mix with the whisk 4, then sift the baking powder 5 and mix again 6.

Take the now cold egg whites from the freezer 7 and whip them at low speed adding the sugar little by little 8. You should obtain a firm and solid consistency 9.

Incorporate the egg whites into the yolk mixture: add a small part first 10 and mix vigorously, then incorporate the remaining egg whites, mixing gently from the bottom up so as not to deflate them 11. As soon as you have added all the egg whites and obtained a well-whipped mass 12, heat a pan over low heat.

Grease it with a little butter, using a paper towel to remove the excess 13. Cook 2 pancakes at a time, or adjust based on the size of the pan. For each pancake, place a spoonful of batter in the pan 14 and add a few drops of water to the bottom, taking care that it does not touch the batter 15.

Immediately cover with a lid 16. Cook over very low heat for 2 minutes, then remove the lid and add another spoonful of batter on top of each pancake 17. If there is no more water, add a few more drops as before and cover again with the lid 18. Let cook for another 4 minutes.

After this time, gently flip the pancakes 19 20. Add a few more drops of water to the pan as before 21.

Cover again with the lid 22 and let cook for about another 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate 23 and proceed to cook the other pancakes. Serve the fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh fruit on the side 24.

How to store

It is recommended to prepare the fluffy pancakes and consume them immediately. It is not possible to store the batter as it may deflate and the result will not be the same.

Freezing is not recommended.


Serve the fluffy pancakes with honey, jams, or maple syrup... add some fresh fruit and, for those with a sweet tooth, even some whipped cream!

Want to make even taller pancakes? Try placing a ring mold in the pan and pouring the batter inside it!

Answers and Questions
  • What can I use instead of vanilla extract?

    You can flavor it with grated lemon or orange zest.

  • How do I remove the ring mold without ruining the pancakes?

    You can lightly butter the ring mold to make it easier to remove.

  • Why add water to the pan?

    Drops of water are used to create the necessary steam for cooking. It's important to pour them at the edges of the pan so the water doesn't touch the batter.

  • Is it mandatory to put the egg whites in the freezer?

    Yes, the thermal shock helps the pancakes rise better during cooking!

  • Should the pan be buttered every time batter is added?

    It's better to do so, always making sure to remove any excess butter.