You can freeze pancakes, allow them to freeze on a baking sheet in the freezer, then wrap and place in a plastic baggy - only 60 secs in the microwave to re-heat.
If you are out of syrup, you can melt jam in the microwave or a small saucepan
Most store brands of syrup are colored and flavored corn syrup, I’ve found if you use real maple syrup, you use less because of the stronger flavor.
Roll a small pancake around a cooked breakfast sausage for a meal on the go
make a pancake sandwich, try spreading nutella between two layers, or peanut butter and fresh sliced bananas.
For kids, instead of cutting pancake into smaller bites with a knife, it’s much easier to use kitchen shears (scissors) when the pancakes are cold, then reheat pieces in the microwave.
Make easy shapes by using metal or silicon cookie cutters, set in pan and fill half way with batter, spray with non-stick cooking spray first. Go free form/create letters by using a squeeze bottle with a narrow tip. For different colors simply separate batter into different bowls and add food coloring to each one.
When making pancakes, remember if you add fruit or chocolate chips or bacon bits, pour your batter into the hot pan first, and when you are almost ready to flip, add the extras.(if you add extras to batter, while you wait to pour, they will all sink to the bottom of the bowl)
lactose intolerant? Replace milk with soy milk or almond milk, vegan? replace egg and milk with a smashed ripe banana.
For fluffier pancakes, separate the eggs in the recipe, yolks in the batter - egg whites out. Whip the whites until they are fluffy, then fold into the batter, allow to sit for 15 min while prepping your pan for cooking.
Make pouring easier by putting batter into a tall plastic bottle, you can also cap the bottle and place in fridge if you want to finish cooking your pancakes later.
Make pancake bites by pouring batter into a mini-muffin tin, bake at 400degrees for 6-8 min, fill cups 2/3 full, leaving room for batter to expand - oh and spray with non-stick cooking spray before you fill up.