I was up early this morning, happily working on my new blog entries, and a good hour and a half later, M woke up and limped into the living room, all bleary-eyed and expressionless.
Then the request came.
“Can I have pancakes for brunch, pleeeaaaase?”
How could I say no to that blur-face? But I had to be specific.
“Thick and fluffy, thin, or crêpes?”
“Thick and fluffy.”
Very absolute answer, looks like someone had a rough night tossing and turning. Poor boy.
Fifteen minutes later, brunch was served. American pancakes, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, served with lashings of golden syrup, heart-stopping dollops of butter (well, that was on my plate, he was more health-conscious) and oodles of love from Mrs to Mr.
M crisped up some bacon in the oven, only because we always need meat in any sort of meal equation.
Here’s the recipe for the pancakes:
135g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 large egg, beaten
Unsalted butter for pan-frying
1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Lightly whisk milk and egg together in a separate bowl.
2. Pour milk mixture into the sifted ingredients, and beat using a fork, until you get a smooth batter. Let the batter stand for a few minutes. The batter is very thick, but this is what you want for fluffy pancakes.
3. On medium heat, melt a knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan. Add a ladle of batter (depending on size of your pan, I could do three at once). Once you see a few bubbles on the top of the batter, lift the bottom of the pancake up to see if it’s dry and a nice golden-brown. If it is, just flip the pancake over and cook until both sides are golden-brown. When you repeat this with the rest of the batter, make sure pan isn’t too hot by now, you might want to lower the heat.
4. Have the pancakes fresh from the pan, with lots of syrup and butter, or with fruit toppings, if you like!
This recipe makes about 6 thick pancakes of 3-inch diameter each, if you’ve got a hungry husband, make 1.5 portions of this recipe.