How to Make Perfect Pancakes
Ok so there are loads of ideas online of things to put on your pancakes and plenty of ideas for pancake fillings too.
But before you start thinking of what to put on your pancake, you need to make the pancake first. Below we have a fairly fool-proof recipe which has been tried and tested and is our favourite pancake recipe. To be perfectly honest, you don't need to faff around with exotic fillings. As long as you have lemon juice, sugar and of course some chocolate spread and perhaps bananas, you'll be fine!
Pancake Ingredients120g plain flour
A pinch of salt
2 large eggs
210 ml (7 fl oz) milk
90 ml (3 fl oz ) water
60g (2 oz) butter
How To Make the PancakesYou will need a heavy based 18 cm (7 in) crepe pan
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs. Beat them into the flour using a whisk or wooden spoon.
In a separate bowl mix the milk and water. Then beat this into the egg and flour mixture gradually until the batter is smooth.
(Alternatively just pop all the ingredients into a blender and whiz for a minute.)
Melt the butter and stir 2 tablespoons of it into the batter. Pour the remaining butter into a bowl. Ideally let the pancake batter stand for 5 minutes.
Using a pastry brush, brush the base of the pan with the melted butter.
Always get the pan really hot before pouring in the batter and then turn down the heat to medium. If the first pancake sticks (and let's be fair, it usually does!), its because the pan isn’t hot enough. You will need about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake and it is a good idea to pour this into a ladle so that it goes into the pan in one go. Tilt the pan quickly until the base is covered with a thin layer of batter.
Cook over a moderate heat for about a minute until you can see the pan through the batter and the edges begin to lift. Slide a palette knife under the pancake and flip it over. Cook the second side for about 30 seconds. The first side of the pancake should have a pretty lacy pattern, while the second side will be spotted with brown.
Brush the pan with melted butter each time before adding the next lot of batter. The best way to do this is to fold up some kitchen paper, dip it in the melted butter and wipe this around the pan to grease it.
Serve the pancakes with the lacy side out and your favourite toppings and fillings.
InformationMakes 12 Pancakes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Recipe courtesy of Annabel Karmel