19 best pancakes, waffles, & French toast
Classic breakfast fare, with plenty of inventive ways to change it up
Here’s a recipe to try with some of the alternative grains that are showing up in supermarkets’ baking aisles.
We created this healthy and delicious pancake mix for camp, but we like to keep it on hand for our home kitchens, too.
Recipe: Hearty Whole-Grain Pancakes
For consistency, cooks at Marston's, prefer canned Maine blueberries in syrup; we like fresh blueberries in their batter too. Serve these pancakes with butter and warm maple syrup.
Thin and tender, the pancakes are rolled around a strawberry pink filling. You can make the strawberry sauce and cream cheese mixture (steps 1 and 2) up to 2 days ahead; cover separately and chill.
Our pancakes are standard-size, but Margaret Fox makes them silver dollar-size, which she says makes them easier to flip.
When summer peach season comes around, dive into a plate of ricotta-filled crêpes with a juicy fruit topping.
The West’s version of the German (or deutsche—which morphed to Dutch) pancake has been a favorite with Sunset readers for generations; this one goes back to 1977.
Recipe: Big Dutch Baby
But there are a few simple techniques that ensure turning out a perfect pancake every time.
This apple version of the poufy breakfast pancake called a Dutch baby deflates quickly, so be sure everyone is gathered when it comes out of the oven.
Recipe: Apple Oven Cake
We first tried these crisp, buttery yeast-leavened waffles at a Portland food truck. You make the batter the night before and let it rise.
Recipe: Buckwheat Belgian Waffles
The kayaking outfitter who shared this outrageously good recipe with us cooks it over an open fire or on a camp stove, but it works beautifully on a kitchen stove, too.
You can get a jump-start on the buttery brown sugar sauce a couple of days ahead.
Recipe: Toffee French Toast with Pecans
Buttery brioche bread (or challah) forms the “jail” to hold the fried eggs.
Recipe: Eggs in Jail