Pancakes might be one of those things where you just can tell if the batter is right or not… thin batter will get you crepes and thick batter will in the end usually resemble deliciously fluffy pancakes, American style.
Recently it was my housemates birthday and whilst there was no part of him that wanted to get out of bed my pancakes managed to lure him to do just that- I’d set up a special little breakfast table for him and his girlfriend to have a romantic breakfast before they both had to hurry off to work and this is what it entailed.
¾ cup of milk
4 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
4 heaped tablespoons of self raising flour
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of bicarbonate soda
The trick with pancake batter is to sift the flours and not to over-stir the mix. Stirring flour activates the gluten in it and if overdone will result in chewy or rubbery pancakes.
Raspberry & Pink Grapefruit Coulis:
I punnet of raspberries, I imagine this is about 150g
Juice of one pink grapefruit and about 2 teaspoons of finely grated zest
4 tablespoons of caster sugar
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter
Melt the butter and add the raspberries so on a low heat they eventually mush down into a juicy mess, add in the juice of the grapefruit, the cinnamon, the zest, and finally the sugar and stir until you’re reaching a desired consistency. Try not to make jam, which although tempting would be harder to soak up with the pancakes, if you have added too much sugar you can water it down with a shot glass of water at a time depending on how thick it is but beware that this will soften the rich fruit flavour.
(This recipe could definitely use ½ a pod of vanilla but I didn’t have it to hand at the time.)
Orange and mint Mascarpone:
Does what it says on the pack- simply add around ½ tub of mascarpone (125g), 2 teaspoons of orange zest and a good handful of very finely chopped mint. If you find your mixture is just too thick add a little bit of leftover grapefruit juice or a teaspoon of milk.
To get a really lovely mint flavour try clapping your hands with the mint in between, it gently bruises the mint which releases the natural oils.
Poor Alex really didn’t want to get out of bed, I had the oven on a low heat to gently keep the pancakes warm whilst I cooked both stacks so nobody had to eat them cold- you can also gently heat the plates in the oven or microwave (be careful not to over heat!). I had to actually wave the plate of pancakes in front of a passed out Alex to get him to come to the table and his exact words were ‘why are you torturing me’ but I’m pretty sure if torture involves pancakes then you can take me to hell any day of the week… on a side note, I’m told he didn’t complain for long so don’t worry this recipe is actually quite nice