Looks like a lot doesn't it ? But it isn't for one greedy person who loves pancakes. Actually I'm not greedy, but I have another habit – I'm weak at the knees for sweet breakfast on Sunday mornings, but with my wife out for the weekend and nothing sweet in the kitchen to eat, I scanned through some cookbooks looking for something small, sweet and easy to make. Failing in my mission, I spotted some left over Organic Maple Syrup and thought "how about pancakes" but of course as you know, most pancake recipes are written to be made for 4 people. Not to be stopped in my tracks, I studied 2 cookbooks and tried to merge two recipes to suit what I imagined would be a pancake recipe for one, so in summary, I decided to halve portions on what looked like an easy American pancake recipe from two books, Nigella Lawson's "How to be a domestic Goddess" and Marie Claire's Kitchen. Now ! I am assuming think you know there are two types of pancakes – the normal one and the American one. The latter is sort of short, fat and more dense, whereas the "normal" one is thin and flat. In any case I opted for the American ones as I feel they have a more "breakfast feel".
So straight to business and it couldn't be easier – put 150g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 150ml of fresh organic milk and 1 large egg and 20g melted butter into a food blender and pulse until you get a thickish dough mixture. If you don't have a blender – shame on you – OK! times are hard, but put all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl, make a whole in the centre, pour the wet stuff in the middle and mix very quickly as you don't want lumps. Leave for 10 minutes to settle. Then get your pancake pan out, put on your stove on medium to high heat, place a knob of butter onto the pan and as it begins to sizzle, place a ladle of the mixture onto the pan and fry until the top of the uncooked pancake begins to bubble then turn over and continue frying the other side – it should take about 2 minutes in total per pancake. Place in a warm oven until you finish the remaining 5 or 6, place on a plate and place small knobs of butter in between each pancake ad a larger piece on the hot pancakes, watch the butter melt, drizzle with maple syrup and take a picture to impress your friends.
Enjoy ! It was a really nice experiment and I am glad to let you know that I didn't eat all 5 pancakes. My kids who usually don't like pancakes, were all over my plate and I gave them one to share, even though they had just finished their own breakfast….. hmmmmm!
Inspired by a recipe from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess, Marie Claire's Kitchen and me