I love pancake day, a day where it is perfectly acceptable to eat a sweet treat for dinner, no questions asked. How can anyone not embrace this tradition?
Pancake day has been and gone but I wanted to share the great success story that took place in the homey household. Sadly 'he' was away so had to miss out but my good friend Joel was about to celebrate with me. As luck has it Joel is a food Geek and knows how to make a meal out of Pancake Day. Not impressed with the traditional European style pancakes Joel suggested Buttermilk ones and this may have been one of his best ideas yet. Below are some photos of the event and Joel's recipe, I hope he doesn't mind me sharing....
|Ingredients at the ready ready...might have over done it with topping choices.|
|a glass of wine, essential cooking companion|
|a happy cook and Joel's super lovely maple syrup dispenser. yes he bought it with him...and took it home (sad face)|
|Your mixture should look something like this...|
|...is it ready yet!|
|now they are ready....|
|and they taste as good as they look.|
And here is how it's done...
Ingredients (makes about 4/5)
50g of melted butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
165g plain flour (no need to be sifted, hurrah)
40g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon barcarbonte of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.Put the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls. The wets need a slightly bigger bowl.
2.Whisk each one lightly.
3.Add roughly half of the dry mix into the wet and whisk smooth, not too long. Add the remainder of the dry mix and whisk together. Make sure all of the flour is mixed in but don't whilsk too much, you don't need it to be super smooth. Too much whisking can make the pancakes tough in texture.
4.If you have any will power let the batter rest for a few minutes, this will make for airier pancakes.
5.Get a good size frying pan and melt some butter in it. Make sure the pan is nice and hot before you begin.
6. Get a ladle or a big spoon and add a big dollop or your mixture to the pan, we didn't follow an exact science but 2-3 min on each size should be enough. And sorry to disappoint you but there is no need to flip these pancakes in the air just use a spatular to turn them over.
Happy pancake making. Here is to next year!