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Recipe Tuesday: Pancakes

As it is Shrove/Pancake Tuesday, its time for my favourite pancake recipe. This is from The Joy of Cooking and I make these every Sunday morning. Serve with fruit of your choice (berries are good, especially blueberries), maple syrup if you like and bacon if you eat meat.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour (wholemeal is very tasty)
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups of milk
  • 3 tbsp of butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • a squirt of vanilla flavour/essence (latter much stronger)

Method

  1. Take 2 bowls – one for dry ingredients and one for wet ingredients
  2. In the dry bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  3. In the web bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla
  4. Pour the web into the dry and stir together well
  5. Heat a little butter in a shallow frying pan
  6. Turn down the heat to low
  7. Drop a ladel full of batter into the centre
  8. Swirl around until you get the size you want
  9. Return to low heat and wait until lots of bubbles form and burst (about 1 minute)
  10. Flip over the pancake and pat down
  11. Leave for a further 1-2 minutes (depending on thickness) and check underneath to ensure it is cooked
  12. Remove from the heat and butter when warm
  13. Repeat from 7 until all pancakes are made

Tips:

  • I usually use the first pancake as a tester. Its usually fine and can tide people over until they’re all ready
  • Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until all done – quickly open the door and pop the next buttered one in each time
  • To speed things up, I usually remove a cooked pancake and then spoon in mixture for the next before i go back and butter the cooked one
  • If you want to add fruit(eg strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas), chop them up and add them to the wet bowl
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