Sunday, 16 June 2013

Do I smell pancakes?

I've always had such a sweet tooth for pancakes, and even though they are ridiculously cheap to make, I still see them as a luxury because they taste so good!

After returning home for summer since finishing uni, life has become a little more luxurious and I have taken full advantage of this by getting my expert of a cook dad to help make pancakes with me at breakfast.
The recipe my dad and I have added our own touches to is Nigela Lawson's American pancake recipe:

First things first, you will need...
225g of plain flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
2 large eggs
30g of butter, melted and cooled
300ml of milk
Sunflower oil
Although highly unlikely..if you dont want to make a huge batch, half of the mix usually makes enough for 2 people.

Me and my dad tend to use the all in one method by blending the ingredients all together with a electric mixer, but if you are using a hand mixer I suggest you sieve the flower in gradually to save yourself arm ache trying to remove loads of lumps!
You can transfer the mixture into a jug so its easy to pour into the pan, however we tend to use a ladel because this seems to serve for a perfect pancake size!
When it comes to cooking the pancakes drizzle the pan with oil (not butter as the recipe states) and allow it to get really hot, but not smoking!
You'll know the pancake is ready to flip when the upper side starts blistering, and then it should only take about another minute until your pancakes are ready. Furthermore, to ensure they are not gooey inside, a sign that they are fully cooked inside is when your pancake is a lovely golden brown colour.

Now for the fun bit, dressing your pancakes! There are many different variations you can enjoy with your pancakes, some more bizarre than others, but my personal favorite is golden syrup and strawberries.
Some other variations include:
Nutella and banana
My dads personal favorite, sultanas and maple syrup
Or perhaps if you're having the pancakes as a dessert, blueberry's and vanilla ice cream are a fantastic combo!




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