This recipe looks at the most ‘classic’ pancake which includes the classic topping of lemon and sugar, however if you have a sweet tooth you can make your pancakes more interesting by adding ice-cream, Nutella, bananas and even syrup!
You will need:
- 100g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 300ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
- A pinch of salt
Then you will need to:
1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack both of the eggs into the middle of the well, and then pour 50ml of milk and 1tbsp of oil. Start to whisk the mixture from the centre, gradually making sure that every ingredient has been mixed in well. Beat this until you have a smooth and thick paste. If it looks a little too lumpy, add a bit more milk.
2. Finishing the batter: add some milk to loosen the batter slightly and whisk to loosen the thick batter. Whilst whisking, pour in the rest of the milk steadily. Continue to whisk the mixture until you have something that looks a little like single cream. Some people like to leave the batter for 30 minutes at this point, but you don’t have to if you are in a rush!
3. Gaining the right thickness to your pancake: heat the pan over a moderate heat on your cooker and wipe the pan with butter or a light sprinkling of oil. Ladle a small amount of batter into the pan (this part depends how thick you like your pancakes) and return the pan to the heat. Don’t touch the pan for around 30 seconds. If there is any batter floating on top of your pancake after 30 seconds, pour it back into your mixing jug/bowl. If your hob is at the right temperature, your pancake should begin to go slightly golden underneath, this means it is ready to carry out those flipping skills!
4. Finishing up: once the pancakes are done on both sides, remove from the pan and onto a plate. Providing you already have your toppings ready, put on your choice of toppings, fold your pancake over a few times and voila! You have made your first pancake…which I assuming will be of many!
Happy Pancake Day fellow students!