Sunday, 10 July 2011

Weekend treat- pancakes

We all love pancakes in my family and they are so easy to whip up and you can have them sweet or savoury. These are the more American version which are thick and rise (rather than using plain flour) rather than the thinner crepes.

In a bowl put a cup of self-raising flour, a cup of milk, 2 eggs, a tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp melted butter. Whisk everything together. If you are only having sweet pancakes you can add a couple tbsp honey. What also works well is added one peeled and grated apple or pear which adds some natural sweetness (if you children don't eat much fruit this is another way to sneak some into their diet). You can also add raisins or sultanas to this mix (I usually have to avoid this since my husband hates them and I can't be bothered to do two batches).

Lightly oil a frying pan and put over a high heat until smoking and then reduce the heat to medium. Get a large serving spoon and drop spoonfuls of the mix onto the pan.

Allow to cook for a couple of minutes until the surface is covered in little bubbles which means that they are ready to flip. Flip them over with a spatula and then cook for a minute or so on the other side.

Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Top with another sheet and repeat frying them until all the batter is used (about 12 saucer size pancakes can be made with this mix).

Top with whatever you want- cheese, sliced meats, maple syrup, jam, cream, chopped fruit, chocolate, ice cream, honey, sugar and lemon. This is a fun treat to do with children since they can get involved with making the batter and then choosing their own toppings (children love to eat their own creations!)

Til soon....

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