Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Happy Pancake Day!!

So seeing as it's pancake day and I have to wait an hour for my cells to freeze in the lab, I thought I'd post a recipe for pancake making! Quick and simple to make, or if you're too lazy then I guess you could always just grab a bottle of ready made.. but making pancakes is fun!!

Serves: 6

- 125g (4oz) plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml (half pint) skimmed milk
- 4tsp sunflower oil

1) In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and eggs. Gradually add the egg and whisk until well combined. Heat a 20cm (8in) pan until hot. (The secret to perfect crepes/pancakes is having the right, constant temperature. You can get this by using a heavy-based, non-stick pan.)

2) Add a little oil, and swirl around to cover most of the pan. Pour in a ladle of crepe/pancake batter, and quickly swirl around so that it thinly covers the base of the pan. Cook for 30secs-1min, until tiny holes appear on the surface. Slip a thin palette knife under the pancake to check that the underside is a nice golden colour.

3) Flip the pancake once the underside is golden, and cook this other side for 30s-1min. If you are planning to make more than one crepe/pancake, fold the crepe/pancake in half on a plate and cover with a tea towel whilst you make the rest.

TADAA, scrummy pancakes.

For fillings, you could:

a) Spread a mashed banana over the crepe/pancake and fold it over to make a quarter. Drizzle it with 2 tbsp of warmed chocolate spread (I love Nutella), and sprinkle with chopped nuts. (Serves 1)

b) Scoop the juice and seeds of 10 passion fruits. Sieve the juice into a pan with half the seeds, add 100g (4oz) sugar, and heat for 2 mins. Stir in 2tbsp water. Fill your crepe/pancake with ice cream, and drizzle with the passion fruit sauce. (Serves 4)

c) Bring 300ml (10fl oz) smooth orange juice to the boil, and allow to boil rapidly for 5 mins until reduced by half. Add 1tsp cornflour dissolved in 1tbsp water, and simmer for 30secs-1min until thickened. Stir in 1tsp icing sugar, and add the segments of 2 large oranges. Stir well, and add the folded pancakes you made earlier, and spoon over the sauce to coat them. If wanted, sprinkle on 1tbsp mint and remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly and serve. (Serves 6)

d) Fill crepe/pancake with vanilla ice cream and drizzle over melted chocolate. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve. (Serves 1)

Obviously my personal favourite is d) :P


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