9 Feb 2016

How To: Perfect Fluffy Pancakes

Pancake Tuesday has arrived! What's better than an entire day dedicated to stuffing your face with pancakes without having to feel guilty about it? Not much. This is my first year not living at home for Pancake Tuesday and I've been excited all weekend just thinking about cooking up a pancake feast for breakfast in my very own kitchen (it's the little things)!

I'm more of a fan of the American style fluffy pancakes for Pancake Tuesday (or for a cheeky Sunday Brunch) and after years of watching my Mam perfect her method I seem to have picked up a few things! They are easy peasy to make and are perfect for stacking.

What You'll Need
3 Large Free Range Eggs
115g Plain Flour
1 Heaped Teaspoon Baking Powder
140ml Milk
1 Pinch Salt

Serves 3 - 4

How To
Separate the egg whites from the yolks and place in two separate bowls. Combine the egg whites with the salt and whisk until they form stiff peaks. Electric whisks / mixers are your friend if you want to save your arms - I decided to hand whisk mine... it was interesting. Haha.

In your second bowl combine your egg yolks with your sifted flour, baking powder and milk. Beat these ingredients together so that they are well combined (make sure there are no lumps / pockets of flour). Once you're finished, gently fold the egg white mixture into this bowl. Be very careful not to over mix, you'll want to keep as much air as possible in the mixture - this is what gives you the perfect fluffy texture. The final product should have an airy consistency - not runny like a crepe batter.

Using a ladle, pour your pancake batter into a good non-stick pan on a medium heat - no butter necessary if your pan is pancake friendly. When you start to see bubbles forming on the top of the pancake it's time to flip! Cook until your pancakes are evenly golden. You'll only need a few more seconds on the second side.

Now it's time to decorate! This part is perfect for getting kids involved or for throwing a little pancake buffet with your friend! Stack them up high and add fresh fruit and cream, butter and sugar, jam, Nutella or, my favourite, a generous drizzle of maple syrup (which is also very tasty with bacon!) - so much choice! 

I think they look so impressive (and very Instagram worthy). This recipe from Jamie Oliver is a great base to start from. It can be doubled or halved depending on the number of people you're cooking for. Whether your pancakes are drizzled with sauces and syrups or sandwiched with fruit, marshmallows and chocolate everyone thinks that you've gone to a lot of effort to make them when really it only takes about 15 minutes!

Let me know if you give them a try! Snapchat me (grace.edenny) or tag me on Instagram (@gracedenny). 

Happy cooking!



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