A Guide To Making The Perfect Pancake

With Pancake Day just around the corner we offer a guide on how to make and cook the perfect pancake,  as well as suggesting a variety of sweet and savoury fillings to try.

 

How To Make Pancake Batter

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Although it is possible to buy pancake batter in powder or ready-made, mixing your own is easy and much more economical. Start by measuring your ingredients – for eight servings, you will need 100g of plain flour, 2 eggs, 300ml milk, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, plus oil for greasing the pan. In a large bowl, add the flour and salt, forming a hollow in the middle. In a jug, beat the eggs and vegetable oil with around 50ml of the milk, then pour this into the hollow in the flour. Using a balloon whisk, gradually work the flour into the egg mixture until it forms a smooth, thick consistency. Then, start to incorporate the remainder of milk, pouring it in slowly and beating the mixture until the texture resembles thick single cream. At this stage, you can pop the pancake mixture in the refrigerator until you want to use it, or cook your pancakes right away.

 

Cook Your Perfect Pancake

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Cooking pancakes is the stage which tends to intimidate people – we’ve all seen the comedy sketches where a character tries to flip a pancake and it ends up stuck to the ceiling! As with many things, cooking pancakes is a skill that comes with practice, so don’t be afraid to try. To cook, heat your frying pan to a medium temperature and use a piece of kitchen paper dipped in oil to grease it. Pour pancake batter into the pan with a ladle, then carefully spread the mixture into a even layer. After 45 seconds, use a fish slice to lift the pancake and check that the underneath is golden-brown. No need to flick your pancake in the air, just flip it over with the fish slice and let it cook on the other side for another 30 seconds or so. When it is done, place on a warm plate and repeat the process until you have used all of the batter.

 

Pancake Fillings for Every Taste

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The classic filling for pancakes is a generous squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of sugar, but for those of you who feel like trying something a little bit different this year, we have some delicious ideas.

 

Banana Split Filling

Give a new twist to the childhood favourite by filling your pancakes with sliced banana, ice-cream and whipped cream. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, cherries and fruit syrup to garnish.


Black Forest Filling

Be inspired by the classic Black Forest gateau and fill your pancakes with black cherries, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and grated dark chocolate. Grown-ups might also like to add a splash of cherry flavoured liquor.

 

Spring Roll Filling

Give your pancakes an Oriental flavour by filling with finely sliced and stir-fried white cabbage, carrots and bean-sprouts and chicken seasoned with Chinese five-spice and soy sauce. Noodles make an appealing side-dish to complete the meal.

 

Cheese & Ham Filling

Adults and kids alike will love the simple, comforting flavours of cheese and ham filled pancakes. Make a well-flavoured cheese sauce and add finely chopped ham, top the pancakes with an extra sprinkle of cheese and grill to finish.

 

Do you have any pancake making tips that you’d like to share with other readers? Or do you have a pancake filling recipe that rocks? Comment and tell us about it!

 

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