Whether you plan on feeding extra people on a weekend morning or want to make a delicious breakfast for a crowd, pancakes are the way to go.
I share three easy ways to keep pancakes warm and ready to be topped with all your favorite pancake toppings in this post.
Keep Pancakes Warm for a Crowd
Everyone wants a fresh pancake off the griddle, but it can be hard to make sure the first pancake is just as warm as the last one when you’re making a large batch for a crowd.
That’s why I’m sharing three methods to keep pancakes warm that doesn’t involve a microwave which, dries out the pancake.
Each of the methods below will work for regular and gluten-free pancakes. They are easy to put into use on busy mornings, and I’ll be going over which is the best method to keep those fluffy pancakes from deflating.
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How to Keep Pancakes Warm in the Oven
The perfect batter has a lot to do with a delicious stack of pancakes, but so does keeping them warm. I’ve found that the oven is the easiest way to keep the centers soft and edges crispy.
Keeping Pancakes Warm in the Oven
While the pancakes are cooking, preheat the oven to 250F.
- Line up
Line the cooked pancakes in an even layer onto a baking sheet. Avoiding stacking the pancakes, which causes them to steam and get soggy.
- Keep warm
Transfer the pancakes to the oven and keep warm while you finish cooking the remaining pancake batter.
- How long can you keep pancakes warm in the oven?
Pancakes should be kept warm in the oven only as long as it takes you to finish cooking the batch or up to 1 hour. Anything over, and they will become tough and chewy.
Watch this video to see all three methods for keeping pancakes warm!
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Just place the cooked pancakes in the dish and cover them with the lid. The only downside to this method is the steam gets trapped from the stacked pancakes and can deflate them. You can help avoid excess moisture by lining the warmer with a clean kitchen towel, but they still won’t be as crispy.
You can also use this electric griddle with a warming tray. One appliance, pulling double duty!
Foil Method for Warm Pancakes
The most simple method to keep pancakes warm is to place them onto a plate and cover with aluminum foil. However, just like the pancake warmer, the steam from the cooked pancakes is trapped by the foil and makes them less fluffy.
If this isn’t a problem for your gang, then by all means use the foil.
Keep in mind this method and pancake warmers are meant to preserve as much heat as possible but aren’t as effective as the oven method, which provides a constant heat source.
However, I usually don’t need more than 10 minutes to make a large batch of pancakes on my griddle, so any of these methods do the job of keeping pancakes warm and your crew happy.