Not American pancakes but the more European option. Great for rolling, filling and of course for pancake day. Ok. It's not pancake day but I was wondering what to make for breakfast, really didn't fancy cereal, no bread in the house for toast so what to make?
Well after my post about thrift the other day, I thought of making some pancakes. Why not? They are cheap, super quick, they contain no sugar or salt (you can add sweet things to them if you like) and are great finger foods. The amount below will make about 4 large pancakes which might be enough for 1 adult and a baby or toddler but it depends what fillings you chose and how much you like pancakes! As a child, my mum used to have two frying pans on the go whenever pancakes were made (but then I did grow up in a family of 5!)
Traditional Pancakes - Makes about 4 (easily doubled or tripled)
2oz, 55g Plain flour
Just over 5 fl oz, 150ml Milk
A knob of butter
Anything you like, sweet or savoury but I like:
Strawberries and a tsp of honey (over 1 year olds only) or a small dusting of icing sugar (powdered confectioners sugar)
Ripe stewed fruit (stewed without sugar)
The best way I've found is to mix the flour, water and milk using an electric whisk. This ensures any lumps of flour are fully dispersed. Ideally stand the batter for an hour or so in the fridge after this but it doesn't matter too much if you use it immediately. If you have allowed it to stand, you need to have the texture of single cream (pouring cream) so add a bit more milk if it's thickened.
Heat a non stick frying pan and then rub with butter, I wrap the butter in a piece of greaseproof paper to do this (watch your hands and do it quickly so you don't burn yourself).
If you prefer, brush with melted butter using a heatproof pastry brush.
Pour in some batter and swirl around the pan to coat the base of the pan. You want it as thin as possible so don't add too much batter. Cook for a couple of minutes until it readily releases. Either flip the pancake using a spatula / fish slice or be fancy and toss it just using a flick of the wrist while holding the pan handle (I can't do this, I am not a champion tosser.)
Cook on the second side and serve.
Continue rubbing the pan with butter and cooking until all of the mix has been used.
This might sound quite decadent for breakfast but one pancake with strawberries and a teaspoon of honey is not going to do any more harm to a child than many of the cereals marketed at children containing loads of chocolate, sugar and other bumf. What's even better is it contains one of your five a day! Yum!
Well it cheered me up this morning to have something so vibrant and tasty. Another hard week in the Mamacook house but we're keeping our chins up!
I've uploaded this to CrispPhotoWorks linky this week and to life as a lofthouse linky
I've linked this to Totally Tasty Tuesdays! Also just because every time I see the picture of the strawberries, I want to eat this again, I've linked this up to the Sticky Fingers photo gallery here.