Ask pretty much anyone if they would rather have pancakes or waffles and they will always say waffles, because waffles are supreme. Nobody says pancakes because everybody knows they aren’t that good, yet somehow they are accepted as a great breakfast food. WELL I SAY NAY! why settle for the soggy…
This will sound condescending, but I truly believe you hold this view because no one has ever given you a proper pancake.
They should not be soggy! When made properly, and eaten fresh, pancakes are ethereal - light and airy on the inside, with a lovely little crust around the edges, where the butter has cooked the batter golden brown. When warm and fresh, a pancake will gently soak up just enough of the syrup or sugar, leaving the top layer dulcet and softly infused with its flavor, and the bottom plain for a pleasant contrast, especially if they are buttermilk pancakes. Syrup does not accumulate in hard, rigid wells as it does with waffles, assaulting your tastebuds with a sudden mouthful of pure, cloying sweetness.
A pancake does not have the satisfying crunch of a waffle, it is true, but so often it seems like all there is to a waffle is crunch, and air, and those mouthfuls of syrup, and hard crumbs coated in syrup sticking to your plate, and it’s just not a very cozy experience.
There are times when only a waffle will do, but a good pancake would be my choice unless they were chocolate chip pancakes, which I find to be least appealing of all pancakes, quite possibly because I’ve never had a decent one.
Qualifications: American pancake maker and enthusiast, living in Belgium (Land of Waffles That Allegedly Know What They’re Doing).