Perkins is famous for their buttermilk pancakes. But you don’t have to leave home (or even get out of your PJ’s) to enjoy the syrupy goodness of this classic recipe.
This copycat recipe will bring the taste of Perkins into your very own kitchen! Make your very own stack of warm, soft, and fluffy pancakes just like the ones from Perkins.
Dress them up with some of the best toppings and you’ll have the ultimate breakfast that’s sure to get you ready for the day ahead!
Tips & Tricks for Making the Best Pancakes
You want your pancakes to be perfectly soft and fluffy. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you don’t want to mess it up! For the best pancakes ever, follow these tips and tricks.
- The first rule for pancakes is not to overmix! I used to think whisking like crazy would make my pancakes light and airy, but it actually does the opposite. To avoid thin and tough pancakes, be sure to mix your batter carefully. Once everything is combined, that’s enough mixing!
- Allow your batter to rest before pouring it in your griddle or skillet. This gives the baking powder time to activate, making your pancakes even softer!
- When pouring your batter into the griddle or skillet, always measure how much you’re using. For a nice, even stack of pancakes, use a measuring cup to ensure that they’re all the same size.
- You also don’t want to undercook or burn your pancakes, so knowing when to flip is super important. You’ll know it’s ready when the edges have formed and are golden in color and the batter in the middle is starting to bubble. And remember, you should only flip once!
- Here’s another flipping tip: make your pancakes smaller! If they’re too big, you might make a mess. Smaller pancakes are easier to turn over, even with just a spoon.
- Feel like your pancakes are missing a little something? Try adding a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract into your batter. It adds a wonderful layer of flavor!
Tasty Pancake Toppings
No stack of pancakes is complete without some toppings. Here are some delicious sweets or savory bites you can enjoy with your Perkins pancakes!
- Butter and maple syrup – The classic pancake topping we all know and love! Simple and sweet, there’s nothing like the site of maple syrup oozing over a warm stack of pancakes.
- Buttermilk syrup – If you’re not feeling like doing the regular maple, try buttermilk syrup. That milky, slightly tangy flavor is heavenly!
- Fruits and whipped cream – Some of my favorite fruity additions to pancakes are blueberries, bananas, or peaches!
- Yogurt – A healthy alternative to whipped cream you can try is yogurt. Good for your tummy and pairs well with fruits!
- Fried apples – Fruits are good in the morning, but having them fried just makes them taste so much better. Try fried apples with your pancakes.
- Peanut butter – Slather those pancakes with some creamy peanut butter and you might have one too many! You can add a little bit of jam too and turn it into a PB&J pancake.
- Ice cream and chopped nuts – Go crazy with your breakfast pancakes by topping it off with some ice cream and chopped nuts.
- Bacon and eggs – Extra crispy bacon and a runny fried egg are a classic savory combo for pancakes. A foolproof topping!
- Scrambled Eggs – Not in the mood for fried eggs? Make them scrambled and you can even add some other goodies like tomatoes or mushrooms.
- Cream cheese – Another savory topping you can try is cream cheese. Slather some on top for the cheesiest, tastiest pancakes ever!
Another great way to dress up your pancakes is by adding little treats into your batter. Try blueberries, bananas, chopped nuts, or cheese.
Can You Freeze Pancakes?
Craving pancakes in the morning but don’t have enough time to fire up the skillet? Don’t worry! You can make them ahead on the weekends and keep them in the freezer ready to be reheated anytime during the week!
- Allow the pancakes to fully cool before freezing.
- Stack the pancakes on a baking sheet, with parchment paper in between each pancake so they don’t stick together.
- Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until fully frozen.
- Once they’re fully frozen, place them an airtight container or Ziploc bag. They will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to enjoy your Perkins pancakes for breakfast, let them thaw in the fridge overnight. In the morning, reheat them in the microwave on high for 20-30 seconds.
Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy your stack of perfectly fluffy pancakes.
A Little History on the Perkins Family Restaurant
Perkins is a go-to breakfast spot for many because they serve breakfast favorites all day. This family owned chain of restaurants is 62 years old!
It was founded by Matt and Ivan Perkins in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1958 and used to be called Smithies Pancake House. Today there are over 300 Perkins restaurants all over the United States. That’s a lot of pancakes!
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