We have the perfect Recipe to up your Pancake game with Jolene and Lil’s from One Yummy Mummy just in time for Pancake Tuesday! This is a recipe you will want to come back to over and over again whenever you feel like a Breakfast treat or weekend Brunch!
BEFORE YOU SCROLL DOWN FOR THE RECIPE, HERE ARE SOME USEFUL TIPS TO HELP YOU ON YOUR PATH TO PANCAKE PERFECTION
Bear in mind that we’re focusing on the fluffy dropped scone type of pancakes rather than crépes.
Have your toppings ready before you start
When your yummy pancakes are ready, you want to be able to tuck in straight away. To enjoy them at their best, make sure to lay out your chosen toppings before you start cooking. That way, your food won’t go cold while you rummage in the cupboard for a lemon or some chocolate spread!
Choose a good non-stick pan
Your choice of pan can make or break (literally) your pancakes. There’s nothing worse than trying to create them on an ancient frying pan that leaves black marks all over your treats. For the best results, choose one with a non-stick coating that’s big enough for the size of pancakes you have in mind. Keep your eyes peeled in the middle aisle of your local discount supermarket over the next few weeks; they sometimes stock special pancake pans at very reasonable prices.
Always add Gem baking powder
When choosing a pancake recipe (naturally I recommend ours!), always go for one that includes baking powder. You’ll end up with a much lighter and airier treat.
Hold Your Sieve High
When adding your dry ingredients, keep your sieve nice and high above the bowl. It gives air more chance to get into the mixture, keeping the texture fluffy.
Don’t overmix the batter
When mixing your batter, always use a whisk and remember less is more. Stop once the ingredients look nicely combined; carrying on for too long can lead to tough and doughy pancakes in the end.
Allow the batter to rest
If possible, let the batter sit for a few minutes before adding it to the pan. It’s one more way of achieving (you guessed it!) the perfect texture.
Wait for the holes
When is the magic moment for flipping? Whether you plan to toss your pancakes in the air or give them a quick turn with a spatula, there’s a secret signal that tells you when to take action. Once bubbles and holes start to appear in the batter (and the edges look a little bit brown), you know it’s time to move.
Expect the first one to be wonky
Remember, your first pancake will probably be a dud; although if you do get a perfect first attempt, I’d love to see a picture! It takes a while to get used to balancing the batter, the heat of the pan and the perfect flipping opportunity. So don’t give up if your first one (or few) look dodgy. Keep trying; practice makes perfect.
Keep an eye on your temperatures
Remember that the longer you’re cooking, the hotter the pan will be. So don’t be surprised if your later pancakes are ready much faster than your first few. And don’t forget this means they might burn faster too….
Welcome to the Topping Buffet
Are you craving a fresh twist on your pancakes? Try adding Gem chocolate chips to your batter before cooking for the Perfect Treat. Or pick a new topping to sprinkle or drizzle from our menu below:
- Chocolate spread (also nice with bananas!)
- Lemon and Gem caster sugar
- Maple or golden syrup
- Whipped cream and strawberries (or any other berries)
- Mini marshmallows and melted chocolate
- Your favorite flavour of ice cream
- Your favourite fresh fruit
- Caramel sauce (or any ice cream sauce)
If you’re in the mood for something savoury, treat your taste buds to bacon, melted cheese and ham, or some sautéed mushrooms.