Friday, 24 February 2017

Pancakes


Few things are simpler than pancakes. Three ingredients mixed together, it's an easy recipe to comfort yourself with on a dreary day. Even here in Taiwan, the weather in February can be miserable.

Cure your winter troubles with the unmistakable smell of pancakes, the sizzle from the pan and the inevitable toss that seals your achievement. Go adventurous, go crazy! Use as many or as few toppings or as you like. Go savoury, go sweet, roll them, fold them... oh, the possibilities. Smother them in nutella or smear in jam. Fill them with bacon or drizzle them with syrup. There's nothing holding you back. Over the next few days I will be posting my favourite variations in time for pancake day.

At the bottom of the page, we have my partners favourite. Well... if I'm honest (which here I am), it's the only pancakes she will eat - nutella filled, rolled, drizzled and served with ice cream.

Recipe
Ingredients:                                                                                                  (Makes 6 Pancakes)

125g plain /all-purpose flour
1 egg
300ml milk
Plus the topping of your choice.

Method:

  • Sift the flour into the mixing bowl. There's nothing worse than a lump of flour in your mouth. 
  • Add the egg and follow with the milk. Begin to whisk. 
  • Once all ingredients are fully combined and smooth, transfer to a measuring jug. The recipe should yield approx. 375ml pancake batter.
  • Rest the batter in fridge. This is crucial. An hour is preferable. If your hunger is insatiable, 30mins will do! It's worth noting that batter can stay in your fridge for 1 day. 
  • After the rest skim off air bubbles. Heat a medium sized non-stick pan (I used a 27cm), on a medium-high heat.
  • Add a drop of cooking oil or unsalted butter. Begin to add batter - you should need around 55-60ml of batter a portion.
  • Proceed to move the pan till you have a full coating. Continue cooking for about 45secs until golden and releases from the pan when shaken.  
  • It's time for the flip. Expect casualties if you're not confident. You could easily just flip with a lifter if you don't want to risk it.
  • Cook for 30-40 seconds on the other side and then they're ready to go. Before add your toppings as desired, go on...have another flip...
 
 
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