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Perfect Pancakes

August 14, 2013

1093714_651148914903556_369066849_oSometimes you wake up in the morning and you know it’s a pancake day. These are always good days, as I only have time for pancakes on my days off work. This is my recipe for pancakes. Perhaps the title of this post is misleading; to me these are perfect pancakes not just because of the taste or texture but because of the experience. Knowing I can take as long as I like to prepare and eat breakfast is one of life’s joys.

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Ingredients

200g plain flour

1tbsp caster sugar

450ml semi-skimmed milk (whole milk is good too)

2 large or 3 medium eggs

1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the caster sugar.

2. Break the eggs into the milk and beat until well mixed. The milk should take on a slightly golden colour from the eggs.1091835_651147014903746_1730058578_o

3. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add a small amount of the milk mixture. Use a manual hand whisk to begin mixing the flour into the liquid. Whenever the milk starts to thicken add some more of the liquid. You should whisk the flour in very gradually to avoid lumps. Take your time with this step; the more you whisk the more air you will get into the mixture and the fluffier the pancakes!

4. When you have a nice smooth pancake batter melt a small knob of butter in a non-stick frying-pan. Tilt the pan from side to side so that the butter coats the entire base. Turn the pan to a medium heat and add a generous ladle of batter to the pan. Pour the mix in gradually, working from the centre outwards so that you get an even coverage.

5. When the surface of th1093735_651147774903670_215355542_oe pancake has solidified, use a spatula to check the underside which should have started to brown. Now, we flip! Even if your really bad at tossing pancakes I dare you to try, just for this first one. For those of you who succeeded, well done! For those of you who have pancake currently stuck to the ceiling/floor please clean up and then refer back to step 4 and use a spatula to flip in future.

6. Give the pancake another minute or two for the underside to turn golden and then slide onto a plate.

7. Add your favourite topping/ filling (today was a banana and maple syrup day for me but I usually go for bacon and maple syrup. Definitely something America has got right!)  Now eat and enjoy!

1184590_651147568237024_333097674_oAn electric blender may be used in this recipe rather that a manual handwhisk if you prefer. I always like to do things manually when cooking- food appreciates the attention and always seems to taste better the more effort you put into it!

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