Tuesday, 10 September 2013


You will be suprised to know that I have never been a fan of making pancakes all by myself. 
I have always been a great assistant to the person making the pancakes (usually my husband!).

But for once I decided to indulge the children and make them pancakes for lunch. The trick being not to try and flip them over in the air. I tried it once or twice and it really did not work out well for me. Maybe it is a hand eye co-ordination thing? 

Using a spatula to flip the pancakes over turned out the best option and the pancakes were delicious. I covered them with a little cinnamon sugar and the kids gobbled them all up.

I found a Delia Smith recipe on the BBC Food website and this is going to be my standard pancake recipe from now on. I suggest you double the recipe if you have more than 3 people to feed for lunch...

Here is a link to the recipe and here is a copy:


For the pancake mixture
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
2 eggs
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
50g/2oz butter

To serve
caster sugar
lemon juice
lemon wedges
Note: my kids don't appreciate lemons that much at this stage of their young lives so I made a cinnamon and sugar mixture and sprinkled this on top of the warm pancakes.

Preparation method
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs - any sort of whisk or even a fork will do - incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
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 find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It's also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. 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. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
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.
To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.

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