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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Pancakes

Humble cooking just about sums up this recipe. Get the basics right and you'll be soaring with the more technical ones. This morning several ideas come to mind of what I wanted to cook mum for breakfast. Not only did I need to think about what she enjoyed eating but also whether had the necessary ingredients. Tossing between pancakes and bruschetta, I settled with pancakes. The thought process was basically either wash up and put on something decent to be able to head out to the shops, or stay in your pj's and cook without washing up. It wasn't a difficult one honestly.

Being a follower of Nigella Lawson, I credit this recipe to her. I've made my tweaks but enough to make it me. Nigella would agree that this is a simple recipe, ingredients which you'll find in your pantry. And the best part is that you can mix together the ingredients, store in in a jar and have homemade pancake mix in your storage, ready to go or to fix up your cravings whenever they hit.

Wet ingredients consist of full cream milk, eggs and vanilla extract (optional). It's a one pot/bowl mix. Let the mixture rest of course for a good 15 minutes before frying up a pan with some good butter, and on a low heat cooking the pancakes. You don't want the heat too high unless you're using clarified butter. If not, the butter's gonna brown and there will be too much colour/hitting burnt looking on the pancake.

Keep these babies warm, either place a lid over the cooked ones or like myself us foil.

Reviews from the household- that it tasted fantastic. Even my was pleasantly surprised; mind you she's not a huge sweet/pastry lover.

I hear you ask, what did you use to serve with the pancake? Well, Nigella had a great idea of cooking together maple syrup and fresh fruit. Both which I didn't have in the house this morning. So I compromised the two ingredients with honey and dried fruit. If you have the time, I would recommend you to soak the dry fruit in some liquid and cook in down in advance. Alternatively, fresh fruit is the best option as it will break down naturally with its juices when over the heat. It's called 'Blueberry syrup' by the way. The difficulty working with honey is that it tends to set firmer than golden syrup. So ideally, to cook blueberry syrup, use golden syrup and fresh blueberries. How much of each? Well enough to serve. We all have a preference as to how much syrup we'd like on pancakes. So enough to go around.

Now, for the pancake recipe (makes 12):-

1 cup flour (you can also use self rising flour. If you are, then omit the baking powder and baking soda).
2 tsp of baking power
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp of salt

1 cup milk
1 egg
Enough vanilla extract

1. Combine all ingredients together until smooth. Then let the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
2. Cook on a medium- low heat. Use good butter to oil the pan and cook in batches. Then serve warm with toppings of your preference.

Simple cooking. Not that much of a hassle really.

Just because I've named with recipe Mother's Day Pancakes, doesn't mean you cook them once a year. Pancakes are for all occasions. Let me know how you go by commenting below.

Happy Cooking.

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