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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Perfect Pancakes




Hey guys!

Today we're talking about how to get the perfect pancakes every time, whether you like a thin crêpe style pancakes or fluffy American style this is the easiest method ever. I use a recipe created by the culinary genius Mr Jamie Oliver (I have a profound love for that man!) and it's really so simple that I taught my little sister when she was just 4 years old. Children love pancakes and getting them to help make them gets kids interested in food and cooking and parents are happy because it's a fool proof method, has no added sugar and is very easily made allergy friendly by swapping the milk for a non-dairy milk or the plain flour for a gluten free option. As for toppings you can go as healthy or as crazy as you like! Firm favourites in our house will always be lemon and sugar or banana and nutella!
This is a really fun recipe so get creative and let me know what's your favourite way to have pancakes?



What you need:

non-stick frying pan (essential for pancakes)
regular builder's size mug (approx 300ml)
mixing bowl
whisk
ladle/ tablespoon

Ingredients:

plain flour
milk (of your choice)
1 egg
1 teaspoon of baking powder (only for American style)
oil/butter for greasing (I like to use a spray oil)


Method:

Take your builder's mug and fill it to the very top with flour, then put it into your mixing bowl. If you are making American style pancakes then add some baking powder too and whisk to remove any lumps.

Use the whisk to push the flour up the sides of the bowl making a little hole in the middle called a well. Crack your egg into the cup and plop it in the well, cracking the egg into the cup first means you can check it isn't a bad egg and you can take out any bits of broken shell which might happen especially if you have some little helpers!

Now again take your trusty mug and fill it to the very top with milk and pour it in on top of your egg.



Take your whisk and mix the egg and milk together making little circular movements first getting bigger as you add in all of the flour beating until all the ingredients are completely combined and there's no more lumps.

Put the non-stick pan on a medium heat and add a small about of butter or oil, if you are using butter just rub it onto the pan, I like to use a spray oil but if you don't have one don't go overboard on the oil less than a teaspoon if enough or you won't be able to flip your pancakes. The fat is more for getting that golden colour and adding flavour because you're using a non-stick pan.

Use a ladle or a tablespoon to add your batter to the pan. For American style pancakes make three little puddles of mixture and let them rise up, for crêpe style pancakes make a puddle of 2tbsps or half a ladle of mixture to the center of the pan and swirl the pan in a circle allowing the batter to spread all over the pan. When the top begins to look set and little bubbles are coming to the top use a fish slice to flip them over. Or have a go at tossing the pan to flip your pancakes, it's all part of the fun even if it doesn't go to plan every time!

It only needs a minute or 2 on each side then remove from the pan, add toppings of your choice and enjoy your delicious pancakes. You should get about 8-10 pancakes from this recipe depending on the size of your pan and how thick you make your pancakes. So there you go guys, give it a go and let me know how it goes!

A xx




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