Are pancakes really worth it?

Ten minutes into the whole fiasco I’m thinking that pancakes are definitely not worth it. One moment of generosity first thing in the morning offering making them for my significant other has led to mayhem and serious regret. There are jugs and kitchen utensils surrounding me, pancake batter on every surface, and a crêpe pan with a congealing mess refusing to cook. At this point I had already decided that I didn’t need to use the ready mix in the cupboard…..I was following a mix of intuition and recipe and maybe that’s what was causing the lumps of flour which were adding insult to injury.

My stubbornness took hold at this point thankfully and after ditching the fancy crêpe-pan and ‘batter spreader’ I threw in some extra milk, grabbed a whisk and a regular frying pan and started again. As far as the first one always being the worst one…..this was proven true as every pancake I turned out after the congealed gloop turned out edible at least and ‘actually quite nice thank you’ at best.

Out of guilt for the amount of time wasted before actually putting anything edible on a plate, I insisted on the man eating the first three, by the time I came round to making one for myself the novelty of success had worn off and despite the fact it tasted nice, I was past the point of enjoyment and well into the boredom stage. I was just ready to curl up with a cuppa and enjoy watching Saturday kitchen.

So I return to my original question….are pancakes really worth it?

If you’re being served them – yes

if you’re making them – definitely not!

So if you’re thinking of making pancakes for yourself or anyone else this weekend here is my advice:

1. DONT

2. If you insist on ignoring stage one then follow the next 3 stages instead

3. Don’t use a crepe pan they are overrated and will create more stress than theatre

4. Use butter instead of oil to grease the frying pan – it tastes nicer

5. Don’t let the frying pan get too hot between pancakes or the butter will burn and smell/taste dreadful!

 

If you still haven’t been put off then here is the basic recipe I use….

Ingredients:

100g plain flour (self-raising if you want them fluffy rather than crispy)

2 large eggs

300ml milk

pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a jug then leave to stand for half an hour (if you don’t have the patience then go straight on to cooking).
  2. Heat frying pan and melt a knob of butter,  coating the pan.
  3. Pour a ladle worth of batter into the pan and tilt pan to spread mixture around (amount varies depending on size of pan and how thick you like your pancakes….judge it using the first one and adapt accordingly).
  4. Use a spatula to gently scrape edges in so that they don’t burn.
  5. Flip after a couple of minutes.
  6. Serve when lightly golden brown on both sides.
  7. Add all the toppings you like…..my personal favourite is classic sugar and lemon juice!

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