After the pan sizzles when you flick a drop of water onto it, you know your pancakes are ready to go. I like to use a 1/4 cup measure for each pancake. Smaller than usual for little hands, plus I can fit four in my pan, which is a plus. This mixture is fairly thick, so to help the pancakes cook evenly, plop the mix on the pan, then spread it out into a thinner layer. I promise this helps and isn’t a waste of time. If you don’t do this, you may get some raw-in-the-middle pancakes. Gross.