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Pancakes

 

Category: Desserts
Style: British
Special Consideration: Quick and Easy

 

Description:
This is the ‘recipe’ I have been using for years. It is a simple recipe (and, looking at it now, fairly vague)… so simple, I hesitate to call it a recipe. I’ll write it out in some detail, though…. largely because I seem to be incapable of writing anything briefly, but I’ll pretend it is to guide you through the process.

Ingredients:
300g flour (10.5oz)
60ml oil (2oz)
2 egg yolks
2 whole eggs
milk to desired consistency

cinnamon sugar
lemon juice

Directions:
Put the flour, oil, and eggs into a bowl with a little milk. Beat until smooth. Add milk slowly until you get a consistency that covers the back of a spoon, but is still pourable. At this point, I stir the milk in, so that I can check consistency easier. You want it to coat the bottom of your pan to the thickness of… uh…. well, like in the picture ; )

When the mixture is smooth, leave it to stand for around half an hour to let all the air bubbles out.

Oil your pan very lightly if it isn’t non-stick. If you’re in the habit of using one of those sprays that grease the pan, you could use that. You don’t want to bath the pancake in oil.

Set the stove temperature to medium/low… not too hot. Pancakes cook quickly. I have mine on about half, but, again, that is relative, as the temperature regulation on our stove has never worked.

How much batter you put in the pan depends on the size of the pan. I use a ladle to put the batter in, as you want the batter to go in all at once. While you’re pouring the batter in, twirl the pan to spread the batter to the edges and fill in any holes. If you mess up, don’t worry. The dogs usually enjoy funky pancake pieces (if you have dogs, that is).

Your batter is now coating the bottom of the pan. The thinner the batter, the crisper the pancake. You’ll settle on a thickness you enjoy as you go along.

The pancake will bubble underneath and you’ll see the batter drying out. I go to turn my pancakes when I see the edges going brown. Once turned, I watch the surface to see when darker brown spots start showing up. The pancake is now ready to be lifted out.

Now the fun part. Either put a filling in it (you can use savoury or sweet), or simply sprinkle generously with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top.

Consume… while still warm. That, to me, is the best way to enjoy pancakes… fresh, warm, sweet and lemony… right at the pan : )

 

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