Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Best Pancake Recipe Ever

Here's an easy pancake recipe that my Dad passed on to me a couple of years ago. I was living away from home for the first time and wanted to celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day/ Mardis Gras - You know what I mean).

It's a fail safe method as long as you can count up to one. All you need is a cup, or a coffee mug, a glass or just about any other vessel you can use to measure with.

Ingredients: 1 cup of Milk, 1 cup of Flour, 1 egg

That's it. I know. Easy right?

Method: Mix the flour and milk in a large enough bowl (I usually sieve the flour to avoid too many lumps), add the egg and whisk like crazy.

You can use a hand whisk or a fancy machine, either way it's fun and most times messy.
Leave the whisked mixture to stand for a while if you can handle waiting. Leaving the mixture to stand gives a silky smooth texture - you won't be sorry.

Once you've had enough waiting and hunger has got the better of you, get started with the main event.

Check the mixture consistency, if it looks or feels too thick add a little more milk. If it's too thin, add a bit more flour. A thick mixture will give you American style fluffy pancakes, whereas a thinner mixture will produce more of a French style crepe. You can't go wrong with either style so don't worry if you're unsure.

Heat a flat frying pan with a small amount of oil.  When the oil is just about to smoke, use the cup to pour a portion of the mixture into the frying pan (I can usually get around 6 - 8 pancakes from the mix).
Swirl the mixture round the pan to get a rough round shape and use a spatula to flip the pancake once the mixture has nearly all cooked through.

Drizzle your favourite topping and enjoy. We go for a simple Golden Syrup + lemon juice combo and I'm always surprised at how tasty it is, taking me back to memories of when I was 5 years old in the kitchen licking syrup and juice from my soggy fingers. A timeless classic.

Don't be afraid to mess up the first couple if pancakes, it takes a little bit of practice to get you 'pancake-eye' in and they all taste good, even the ugly ones. 

This recipe works best with two or more people and is ideal at any time of the year, or week, or day. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking.

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