There was a time that I made pancakes on a regular basis. It was always a cosy affair. I would prepare the batter, the Teflon pans would be oiled, the house would be filled with a wonderful aroma, and once the pancakes were ready family and friend would gather around the table.
Then I learned that Teflon pans can be poisonous. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-risks-of-using-teflon-pans.htm
I didn’t hesitate, I threw my pans out and for the longest time that was the end of making pancakes.
Then a friend recommended that I use a stainless steel pan instead. I had a look at stainless steel pans and … oh dear, they were rather pricy.
I waited patiently and eventually my patience was rewarded. Canadian Tire put their stainless steel pans on special and I was quick to snatch one up.
The following Saturday was D-day, or shall I say P-day for pancake day. I prepared the batter, heated up the new pan and spooned some batter on it. At first it looked okay, but when I wanted to turn the pancake over, it stuck to the pan like glue.
Keeping in mind the saying “When at first you don’t succeed, try again” I scrubbed the pan clean and gave it another shot. Unfortunately, with the same result.
I tried another pan, one that I had used before to fry eggs. At the time the eggs slid smoothly off the pan, so I figured, maybe the pancake would be just as easy to remove. I was wrong, the pan held on to the pancake for dear life.
Damn I thought, now what? I had my heart set on eating pancakes that day and I knew I wasn’t the only one. I had to make a plan.
Then I remembered … my cookware is Lagostina and the pans are supposed to be non-stick. Maybe I should put it to the test. If it didn’t get any better, it certainly couldn’t get any worse.
I grabbed the pan, oiled it, spooned batter on to it and waited. When the time came to turn the pancake over I held my breath … would it work? To my utter surprise, I was able to effortlessly turn the pancake. Well I be damned. If I had known this, I could have made pancakes years ago and didn’t have to buy a stainless steel pan that didn’t work.
With this success in mind, I’m ready to try my hand at some other baking projects: cookies – cupcakes and bread. I’ll keep you posted how that goes. Given my previous flops I’ll put 911 on speed dial, just in case ...