March 9, 2011

So I apologise as I know it was pancake day yesterday, and also that most of you probably know how to make pancakes already, but I had never made them before.

Really! Never. So to document this momentous occasion and just in case you do need a recipe… here you go.

I used Delia’s recipe.

You need:
For the pancake mix…
110g plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
50g butter

You also need a glass of champagne! (Thanks Mairi and Geoff!) We finally got round to drinking the Boy’s birthday champagne.

1.  Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with the sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. 
Then  make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Begin whisking the eggs incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.

2. Next, gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking.
When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any flour from around the edge then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
Now melt the butter in the pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it when needed to lubricate the pan.

I left my batter for about 30 minutes at this stage.

Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter.  I used 1 ladle’s worth.

As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Toss your pancake and cook the other side!

A good tip from Delia to make a stack and keep them warm; Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.

As there are just two of us I only made 1 lot of mix which made 9 pancakes, so we had 4 savoury and 5 sweet…

My savoury mix was red onion, garlic and chilli prawns with basil and creme frachie…

I literally just fried everything off for about 4 minutes, with lots of salt and pepper. Very nice!

Then the standard sugar and lemon for pud!

I love pancakes!

I do feel like I missed out though as I really wanted some banana and Nutella filled ones, so I may make more this weekend now I know how easy they are.


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