MY FLUFFY, AMERICAN-STYLE PANCAKES

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I love pancakes – flapjacks, crepes, call them what you like. I love them all.

Unbelievably, there are two other pancake recipes  on this site already, but I particularly like this one for those ‘stacking’ kind of pancakes.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, but as I’d had a few bad experiences with recipes off the Internet, I was a bit wary until I’d tried it a couple of times.

And yes, I do realise that you’re reading this recipe on the Internet 😉

You’ll be happy to hear that this one is a winner – I did the experimenting so you don’t have to!

This recipe makes about 12 pancakes.

EQUIPMENT:

  • a large flying pan
  • a spatula or slice for turning the pancakes
  • A bowl, to mix the ingredients
  • A hand whisk, or electric beater.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g  Self-raising flour
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 225mls. Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 50g melted butter
  • low calorie spray/know of butter, for cooking

 

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METHOD:

  • Melt the butter in the microwave/on the hob. Set aside.
  • Put the flour, sugar and salt into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.
  • Add the egg to the Buttermilk, and beat together until well combined.
  • Make a well in the flour and add the Buttermilk/egg mixture and beat together with either a hand or electric whisk .
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Pouring in the melted butter..

  • The mixture will look lumpy at the beginning, but keep beating for a few more minutes and it will turn, as if by magic, into a thick, smooth batter.
  • Add the melted butter and mix in.
  • Let it rest for a minute while you heat up the pan.

COOKING:

  • Heat your pan to a medium-hot heat – until a flick of cold water thrown onto it sizzles immediately – that’s a useful guide when you’re using a heated pan for other recipes too..
  • Give it a good cover of low calorie spray or melt a knob of butter (even on non-stick pans)
  • Drop a tablespoon of batter onto the pan, then gently guide it into an-almost circular shape with the tip of the spoon. Then repeat as many times as you can until you run out of room.
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Please note how thick this batter is – that’s how it should be..

  • Leave the pancakes until the uncooked batter on the top develops bubbles, and the bottom is beautifully golden (lift up a corner to have a look) .

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  • Slide your spatula under each pancake in turn and flip it over quickly to cook the other side. You’ll get more confident about this as you go through the recipe. Anyway, your lucky recipients will be too busy fighting over the maple syrup to be worried about exact symmetry.
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If I can flip this pancake with one hand, and take a photograph with the other (which I did!) you’ll have no problem turning over your pancakes :)

  • When the underside is done, remove the pancakes to a plate and either keep lightly covered in a warmed oven , or on a plate over a pot of simmering water.

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  • Continue as above: spray, pour, wait, flip, wait, remove, eat – until all the batter has been used up – and isn’t that the best cooking instruction ever?
  • Divide the pancakes between some warm plates; serve in a stack, and offer the usual accompaniments.
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Just to let you see how light and fluffy they are inside..

NOTES:

  • The best way to serve these is to have your favourite people sitting at your kitchen table on a special morning (like Birthdays or Christmas), and start them off with one or two pancakes each, and then just keeping going, dropping them onto their plates straight-off-the-pan until the bacon and blueberries run out – just like my Mum did on Pancake Tuesdays when we were kids – it’s a special kind of treat, and starts any day off beautifully.

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  • Consider making a platter of pancakes as a seriously easy dessert for a dinner with friends or family. See my easy reheating method in NOTES.  It looks like you’ve taken a huge amount of trouble, but if you don’t tell, then I won’t either!

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  • Our friends in the west, John and Julie make delicious Blueberry Pancakes, so don’t hesitate to throw on a handful if you have them lying about..

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  • Use the low-cal spray if you’re trying to keep the calories down, but the butter allows the pancakes to crisp up beautifully..
  • Don’t worry that the batter is quite thick, it’s meant to look like that, and it makes really light pancakes
  • You can add cinnamon, vanilla extract, or even some grated Orange zest to the batter to change the flavours.
  • Reheating: For a quick reheat, just stack the pancakes about 3 high on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. or, just wrap them all loosely in  tin foil and put into a hot oven for 5-10 minutes, then serve immediately. We have also found that they are delicious when cold – I’m not really a fan of cold pancakes, but with a quick spread of butter they are just yummy! Perfect for sticking in lunch boxes for school and work..
  • These pancakes are really suited to adding a little stewed apple, raspberries, white chocolate chips, or blueberries. But truthfully, you don’t really need the fillings; they are great on their own. As you can see from the picture below – I think that virtually anything goes well with pancakes!

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  • The family favourite in our house is plain pancakes, with crispy bacon, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries and Maple syrup – you might want to give it a go..

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About

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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