Sunday, 19 February 2012

Perfect Pancakes in 10 Steps

Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner, and whether you’re giving something up for lent or not, we all like to indulge in pancake day.

From the traditional lemon sugar topping to the more creative – think chocolate spread, bananas and raisins….. you can’t beat a good pancake.

However ‘good’ is the key word and a good pancake can be hard to make if you’re not sure where to start. But fear not; simply follow this Fruit For The Office pancake recipe and you’ll be well on your way to deliciously light pancakes.

Makes 8 pancakes
Ingredients  Tools
100g plain flour  Non stick frying pan
2 eggs  Ladle
300ml semi skimmed milk Sieve
2 tbsp of sunflower of vegetable oil Whisk
Pinch of salt  Kitchen Roll
2tbsp melted butter

  1. Sift all of the flour into a bowl holding the sieve a few inches above the bowl in order to get as much air into the flour as possible – this helps to make your pancakes floaty light. Add the salt, then make a small well in the middle of the flour
  1. Break both eggs into the middle off the well, begin to whisk from the centre, bringing the flour into the centre from the outside. Keep whisking until a smooth thick paste has formed
  1. Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously until you have a smooth batter the consistency of single cream
  1. Melt the butter in the microwave or a pan, add the melted butter to the batter and stir in
  1. Leave the mixture to rest for 10 minutes
  1. Scrunch up some kitchen towel into a small ball, then dip one side into some cooking oil. Then wipe the oil across the bottom of your non stick pan, ensure than the entire base is covered with a thin film of oil then place the pan on the fire
  1. When the pan is very hot take a ladle of the batter and place some in the centre of the frying pan. Tilt the pan around until the batter fills the whole pan. Tip - it's best to pour the batter into the pan in one go, so make sure your have enough in your laddle
  1. Leave the pancake to cook on one side for 30 seconds or until the edges begin to look brown and a little crispy
  1. Flipping – the easy way: Take a spatula and ease the pancake from the bottom of the pan. Lift up one side of the pancake, using the spatula, then in one swift movement flick your wrist to turn the pancake over. 
  1. Leave for a another 30 seconds on the other side
Time to take it out, fill it up and enjoy!

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