It’s that time of year again, where Shrove Tuesday creeps up and the aisles at the supermarket are full of flour, sugar, lemons and eggs. Obviously this isn’t a Jew-ish festival. However, this is a British Christian tradition, that my family adopted. I loved it every year when dessert came round at this family meal, and we could shove anything from Jam, sugar, lemon juice, Nutella inside the pancakes. I used to love and be prepared for that my parents would always prepare way too much batter and two pancakes was a minimum.
But then August 23rd, 2007 changed what I knew to be ‘pancakes’ when I hopped on a plane and moved to Los Angeles. Pancakes were bigger, better, fluffier with more fillings, and I was sold. So instead of trying to make the thin style tomorrow, how about attempting these US of A classics.
The batter also doesn’t need to sit; it can be used straight away, and go wild use whatever flavour your fancy in the batter from fruit to chocolate, cinnamon or bananas.
I can’t take full credit for this recipe, but I always like to credit where I got the original recipe from.
- 200g / 1 2/3 cup self-raising flour (all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 300ml / 10.5 oz Milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- 100g pack of chocolate chips, fruit or nuts.
- Flavourless oil, coconut oil, butter (for cooking).
- In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt.
- Now add the egg and milk into the dry ingredients and whisk together to create a smooth batter.
- Finally, add in the melted butter.
- Now to cook the pancakes, over medium heat add a small knob of butter or oil. (Non-stick frying pan).
- Using a tablespoon, drop a large amount of batter into the pan. Ideally make about three pancakes at the time.
- Cook for about 2- 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and drop in your chocolate chip, bananas, raspberries or blueberries and cook for another 2-3 minutes,
- Repeat the process until all the batter has been used and cover the pancakes with the kitchen towel keeping them warm.
- Serve immediately with chocolate sauce, sugar, lemon, golden syrup, maple syrup whatever takes your fancy.