It’s Pancake Day!

I don’t need much excuse to bake, but pancakes is something I always neglect to do.  So this year I am determined to have pancakes on Pancake Day, no matter what!

I always find pancakes so satisfying…you can do so many variations they never get boring! I love the traditional lemon and sugar topping, but why not spice it up a little with some fresh fruit and cream…or maybe indulge in a little chocolate?

Here is my go-to basic pancake recipe which should be enough to make pancakes for four…depending on how much you love pancakes!

For the batter:
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 400ml milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • oil for frying
  • your choice of toppings and fillings!
Method:
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Add a pinch of salt.
  2. Whisk the eggs into milk.
  3. Pour into the well and whisk well to incorporate all of the flour until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Cover and leave to stand for about 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the frying pan with a little oil.
  6. Spoon two to three tablespoons of batter into the pan and tilt to spread evenly around the pan.
  7. Cook on a medium-high heat for 45-60 seconds each side until lightly browned.
  8. Heat and lightly grease the pan again before making the next pancake.
  9. Serve the pancakes and enjoy!

Top tips! You can make several at once, stack them up and reheat later before serving…as long as you stack them whilst hot they shouldn’t stick together.  Any uneaten pancakes will keep in a stack for 24 hours or can be frozen for another time.

You also don’t have to miss out if you have intolerances or allergies – make gluten-free alternatives by substituting in gluten-free flour.  Or If you can’t consume dairy products then why not use hemp, coconut or almond milk instead!

pexels-photo-376464.jpegSomething Different? Easy-peasy American pancakes:
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt
  • oil for frying

Use the same method above, but when frying make smaller, thicker rounds.  Cook until lightly brown on each side.

All that’s left to do is add your favourite fillings and toppings, whether sweet or savoury and enjoy!

What’s your favourite topping? Share below in the comments.

Keep smiling and happy baking!

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