Strawberry and lemon pancakes
I haven’t made pancakes for years, so thought it was time to get the frying pan out and whip up some batter. I like my pancakes simple so I ate mine with a drizzle of lemon juice and sprinkle of caster sugar, with some sliced strawberries on the side. They were very yummy! Here is the simple recipe for perfect pancakes that I followed from BBC Good Food.
You will need:
100g plain flour
2 eggs 300ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
a pinch salt
Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream.
Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.
Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.
Don’t worry if the first pancake doesn’t turn out well. It’s always best to practice with the first one. As you will see, flipping my first pancake didn’t go to plan and ended up in a heap on the cooker. Better than it sticking to the ceiling I suppose!