Light, fluffy pancakes are the perfect vehicle for a pool of melting butter and drizzle of maple syrup. If you want to take this breakfast dish even further, try adding delicious mix-ins and creative toppings. Food & Wine has ideas such as cinnamon polenta, lemon ricotta, blueberry banana and more. Plus, our own mad genius, Justin Chapple, reveals how you can use a turkey baster as your secret weapon for making the best pancakes yet.

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Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes

Earthy, savory blue corn brings a vibrant hue to these silver dollar pancakes. Drizzled with sweet, tart, smoky blackberry-piloncillo syrup and dolloped with tangy whipped crema, these pancakes are fruity, not too sweet, and filled with flavor.
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Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Toffee Butter

Honeycomb toffee, honey, and salt add a sweet, crunchy bite to the butter that tops these ricotta hotcakes studded with fresh banana. Using an electric griddle helps maintain an even temperature over the cooking time, resulting in fluffy, moist pancakes.
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Austrian Apple Pancake

A traditional kaiserschmarrn is torn or cut after baking and tossed with compote. At her Los Angeles restaurant République, chef Margarita Manzke serves her version whole, with the compote baked right in to layer the flavor into each bite.
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Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

The secret to high-rise soufflé pancakes is all about speed and temperature: Cold egg whites whip more slowly than room temperature ones, but they form stronger, more uniform bubbles, and whipping them on medium speed incorporates more air. Finally, piping the batter in one swift pass allows you to create more height from the beginning without overcooking each pancake.
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5 Must-Have Tools for Pancake Lovers

From durable mixing bowls to a solid nonstick skillet, these are five must-have tools for making pancakes.
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Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Compote

Andrew Zimmern prefers Sweden’s thin, wheaty pannkakor to fluffy American pancakes. Like crêpes, they can tilt savory or sweet. Slideshow: More Pancake Recipes
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Buttermilk Pancakes with Quince-and-Cranberry Compote

Chef Amanda Freitag, a judge on Chopped and host of the new show American Diner Revival, sometimes eats these tender pancakes for dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream. Slideshow: Breakfast Pastry Recipes