Who’ll be cooking your pancakes today?
The mix is the easy bit, the trick is in the flick!
We’ve had so many disasters at home over the years. Some pancakes have stuck, some have missed the pan on the way back down from being flipped over, but others have been spot on.
My dad loves a Delia recipe and you can’t go far wrong with her pancakes.
To make 12-14 small pancakes (or 6-8 large pancakes depending on the size of your frying pan)
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
Firstly add the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl (Delia recommends you use a sift so that the flour gets a little airing). Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it before whisking altogether.
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). Your batter stood be smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
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.
Trick number one is to get the pan really hot, before turning the heat down to medium.
Delia finds 2 tbsp of mixture is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. 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.)
Trick number two is your flip! 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.
We eat as we make as we’re a little impatient and the smell of pancakes cooking makes us hungry, but if you want to stack your pancakes so that you an all eat together, use a small amount of greaseproof paper between each pancake so that they don’t stick together.
Finally, choose your topping.
We love freshly squeezed orange and sugar on ours, however, today, I’m trying something new…