Thursday, 23 February 2012

Shrove Tuesday Pancake/Crepe Recipe

Pancakes with lemon and sugar

Pancakes as a child where most favourite dessert, simply done with lemon and sugar. Other variations on pancakes is the American pancakes which have baking powder added to give them lift, pikelets the New Zealand version of the american pancake and the Dutch have a traditional pancake called a Dutch puff this is like a yorkshire pudding, it is served traditionally with lemon and sugar. Sorry no photos because I can't upload them at present due to blogger issues as reported in previous post.

Pancake/Crepe recipe
Ingredients

90g plain flour around 3/4 cup
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
170ml milk plus 60 ml of water
25g clarified butter, melted (I use just normal butter)

Method

Sift flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt, and sprinkle sugar in. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and yolks. Mix well with a whisk gradually add in the flour from the sides and slowly pouring in the milk/water liquid, add the butter and beat until smooth. I use my granny beaters for this they work well. Set aside for 30 minutes in the fridge, this batter last well over night too in the fridge. The batter is thin by the way.

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Next melt a little clarified butter in a shallow heavy-based fry pan 15 - 17cm (6-7cm) across in diameter. When a haze forms pour out excess butter. Stir the batter to incorporate the mixture and pour a little bit into the pan and swirl to coat the base of the pan, tip out excess batter. After a few goes you will know how much to put in to coat the base and will not need to tip out.
For very thin pancakes (crepes) add less or for more british pancakes add more batter for a thicker pancake. This is a judgement call.

Cook for 1- 2 minute or until bubbles appear and batter sets plus edges are brown. Loosen the pancake, this is best done with a palette knife. Flip the pancake over and cook 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove from the pan onto a warm plate, cover with tin foil and a clean tea towel to keep moist and warm.


Pancakes can be served in multible ways my favourite is simple, freshly squeezed lemon with a sprinkle of caster sugar, rolled up and eaten straight away. Other favourites is berries and cream, golden syrup, maple syrup, stewed spiced apple, crepe suzette here is the link for crepe suzette http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr%C3%AApe_Suzette and there are probably a thousand other ways.

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