It's Pancake Day!
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 | Georgina@thevanillavalley
It's a sure sign that the year is moving quickly, it is already Pancake Day!
Pancakes are a great treat in the cold weather and there are so many different ways to make them, sweet or savoury! Start with a basic recipe and add all sort of yummy treats! This basic recipe makes 12 - 14 pancakes:
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve and make a well in the centre of the flour. Break the eggs into the well and in whisk in the eggs.
Then add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, while continuing to whisk. When all the liquid has been mixed in, scrape any extra bits of flour from the edge of the bowl into the centre and whisk once more until the batter is has the same consistency as thin cream.
Melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan and add 2 tbsp into the batter and whisk it in. Keep the rest to one side and use it to grease the pan before you make each pancake.
Get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down. It's a great idea to do a test pancake first. About 2 tbsp of batter is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. As soon as the batter hits the pan, tip it around from side to side to cover the pan evenly with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge to see if it has turned golden. Flip the pancake over to cook the other side, this will only need a few seconds.
To keep them warm while you cook the rest, stack the pancakes between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate over simmering water.
Then there are all sorts of great things you can do with these! The classic sugar and lemon, or lashings of maple syrup (maybe with bacon?) or how about piles of berries like strawberries or blueberries with honey drizzled on top? Or go Savoury, by adding cheese or vegetables like broccoli or spinach; or what about an all day breakfast pancake with sausages and bacon?
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