Whether you like them thick and fluffy or thin and crepe-like, everyone LOVES pancake day!
Growing up, I always used to look forward to the one day of the year where we would have â€œbreakfast for supperâ€.Â My mum would make the most delicious, hot, fluffy pancakes that we would smother in melted butter and sticky maple syrup, a few pieces of smoky bacon on the sideâ€¦ heaven on a plate.
These days, my two little â€œbeansâ€ LOVE pancakesâ€¦ and I mean LOVE with a capital LOOOOOOVE. Every Sunday morning, our ritual is to wake up early, have tea & biscuits in bed, followed by pancakes for brunch. We make big fluffy ones that soak in all the delicious sticky goodness that you can pour on top.
My eldest is a big fan of chocolate chip pancakes, while I tend to make a slightly healthier version for my youngest with mashed bananas and blueberries. The best part is that I make lots of extras and put them in the freezer so that they can be reheated in the toaster â€“ a perfect quick hot breakfast before school!
There is nothing better than lingering over brunch with my loved ones â€“ delicious food, gorgeous coffee (in a cafetiere with a Couva of course!), great moments with family. It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!
My favourite â€œgo-toâ€ recipe is a slightly modified version of the one found in the Delia Smith book â€œHow to Cookâ€.
The best thing is that you can adapt this recipe to suit your tastes â€“
- Use less liquid to make the batter thicker for thicker and fluffier pancakes
- Add more liquid until the consistency of double cream for thinner pancakes that are more like crepes
- Add in lots of toppings while youâ€™re cooking the pancake: blueberries, chocolate chips, sliced banana, raspberries, sliced strawberries, raisinsâ€¦ the possibilities are endless.
- Or you can mix flavours into your batter before cooking â€“ mashed bananas are great, orange zest and dried cranberries, raspberry jam and flaked almonds, cinnamon and chopped apples and raisins.
- If you prefer savoury flavouries (!!), what about mixing in some grated cheese and some crumbled baconâ€¦ yum!
And pancakes donâ€™t have to just be for breakfast or pancake day! They make a really great dessert with some ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Cooking pancakes as a family is also a great opportunity to involve little ones in cooking â€“ measuring ingredients, learning about different textures, helping with mixing, etc.
Iâ€™m getting hungry just thinking about them!
Happy flippinâ€™ pancake day everyone!
Delicious Pancake Recipe (makes about 8)
1 Â½ cups of self-raising flour
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of milk
3 tbsp melted butter
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add in the egg, milk, and melted Â butter. Mix everything together, just until everything is combined. You donâ€™t want to over-beat the batter â€“ itâ€™s ok if some dry ingredients are still visible.
Heat up a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Pour Â¼ cup of batter on the pan for each pancake. (*if you are adding anything to your pancakes, like chocolate chips, or sliced fruit, add it now).
As the pancake cooks, youâ€™ll see bubbles starting to form on the surface of the pancake which tells you itâ€™s time to carefully flip it over. Youâ€™ll also notice that, if you sneak a peak under the edge, the cooked side is getting lovely and golden brown.
Cook the second side for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden.
When cooked, serve them immediately, or you can put the cooked pancakes on a plate in a warm oven until they are ready to serve â€“ no one likes cold pancakes!
Serve these with warmed maple syrup and butter, or some Nutella, or whatever else you fancy!