“Scrambled Pancakes” Is the Controversial New Breakfast People Are Loving (Would You Try It?)

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pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup
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Craving pancakes, but don’t feel like having to shape and flip every single one of them? The latest breakfast trend on Instagram might be just the solution you need for an easy breakfast when you’re serving a crowd: scrambled pancakes.

It’s pretty much exactly how it sounds: pour pancake batter of any kind (whether it’s your favorite boxed mix or a homemade pancake recipe) onto a hot griddle seasoned with melted butter. Using a spatula, “scramble” the pancake mix like you would with scrambled eggs. The pancake mix will slowly start to cook, becoming golden and crispy like the edges of a pancake. When the mix is fully cooked, split it up using a spatula to make sure you’ve cut through the clumps so the pancake has that scrambled eggs effect, then move the scrambled pancake to plates. Top with maple syrup, fresh berries, and if you’re really wanting to lean into it, powdered sugar.

Interestingly enough, Instagram users are commenting on the post from @bluewaterhome saying that this particular way of cooking pancakes is actually common in German culture called Kaiserschmarren, a lightly sweetened shredded pancake served with powdered sugar and applesauce. It’s a popular breakfast (or dessert!) item in Germany as well as Austria, Croatia, Bavaria, and Slovenia.

While some breakfast-lovers are not exactly on board with this trend, others are saying that it’s giving “funnel cake vibes” for people who love crispy dough with powdered sugar, giving the usual breakfast treat a unique twist that is easy to share with a crowd.

This trend clearly works with a regular pancake mix, but why not try it out with other pancake flavors? We’re thinking this could be especially delicious with triple chocolate pancakes, pumpkin pie pancakes, or lemon ricotta.