Unless it has escaped anyones attention but today is pancake day and so I made the brave decision to try to make pancakes! This probably doesn’t sound like a brave decision but when it comes to pancakes I am a disaster, they always end up in the bin in a big sloppy burnt mess!
Having received a good quality saucepan set for Christmas from the in-laws I thought it was worth seeing if this would end my pancake curse and after a 30 second recipe search, thanks Delia, we were off!
- For the pancake mixture
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
- Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
- Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
- Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
Elliott insisted on cracking the eggs for me, with a bit of help, he is actually getting quite good at it! The rest of the recipe was very easy to throw together and then came to the frying, the bit I always screw up!
Well I actually did it, despite my over friendly neighbour talking AT me at my backdoor, Elliott demanding to go and feed the rabbits and Sam waking from his nap on the sofa and moaning, the results weren’t bad even if I do say so myself!
unfortunately the house was so filled with smoke from cooking that it blurred the pictures!
The boys had their first taste of a pancake, Sam had his plain and Elliott wanted his with banana and chocolate spread – well I can’t blame him! They seemed to go down pretty well.
Unfortunately Elliott then left his pancake unguarded for a moment and this is what happened!
Hope everyone enjoys their pancakes!