The Secret To This Towering, Fluffy Pancake Is Mayonnaise

I need to get this out of the way up front: Mayonnaise is basically eggs and oil. You're going to be freaked out here, but remember: Eggs and oil.

It looks a lot like this. Photo: t-mizo via

Keeping that in mind, I would like to suggest that you try making pancakes - yes, the sweet kind, the kind with maple syrup - with mayonnaise in them.

The brave souls at Food52 tried out a Japanese pancake recipe that made the rounds not long ago, with mayonnaise and sparkling water in the ingredient list. The recipe procedure's non-standard, too, compared to Western pancakes - you mix eggs, sparkling water and mayo in the same pot that the pancake cooks in, then add flour as you cook it over a low flame.

The results is a tall, spongey pancake with a hint of tartness. It plays well with syrup and would be great with fruit in it, too. And did I mention you'll dirty zero bowls in the process?

And then make a mayonnaise-fried grilled cheese for lunch.

I Tried It: Extra Fluffy Pancakes, Thanks to This Japanese Secret Ingredient [Food52]


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