About this time every year the shops start to fill up with those little squeezy bottles of lemon juice, jars of chocolate spread and packets of pancake mix.
Now, I can understand the lemon juice and the chocolate spread, but I can’t quite get my head around the need for packets of pancake mix! I mean, I’m all for making your life easier and have on a few rare occasions bought pre-prepared veg to make soup with, but pancakes are so simple to make from scratch that buying a mix just seems like a real waste of money!
So, for those of you looking to break out of the packet-pancake-mix zone, I present to you a really simple recipe for perfect pancakes!
In case you can’t quite read the faded writing on the postcard, here’s the recipe:
- 4oz (110g) plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- Half a pint (275ml) of milk
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
And the method:
- Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
- Beat to a smooth, creamy batter with the the unbeaten egg, half the milk and the melted butter
- Stir in the remaining milk.
- The batter is now ready to cook!
- Heat a frying pan on the hob and melt a little bit of butter in it.
- Pour about a ladleful of batter into the pan and swirl the pan around to spread the batter out. You want it to pretty much spread out to the edges of the pan and be quite thin.
- Leave it to cook for about a minute, then either flip it over using a spatula or be brave and toss it in the air to flip it!
- Cook for about a minute on the other side then serve.
One thing to remember – the first pancake almost never ‘works’!
I don’t know exactly why, but please don’t be disheartened if your first attempt is a disaster! The second one will be much better, I swear!