Confession time. I have never, ever, ever made a decent pancake. I bake a lot, cook every day and can turn my hand to a fair few recipes. But pancakes? I simply cannot master them. It's not an ideal scenario as my little ones would eat them every day if they could (under an inch of Nutella) and my husband's quite partial to them too (with a splash of lemon and a spoonful of sugar). I've tried many a time to perfect them but my efforts always end up stuck to a non-stick pan or with random holes in them. So, a few years ago, it was with a thwarted sigh that I handed over all pancake-making responsibilities to Paul and accepted that there is one thing (well, several really, I can't grow house plants either) in this world that I am destined never to conquer.
However, years of holidaying (and getting married) in Las Vegas and sampling the biggest and best breakfasts known to man may have paid off as it appears that while British pancakes will forever remain my nemesis and will never form part of my kitchen repertoire, American pancakes are a completely different story. American pancakes love me! And I love them. Thick and fluffy as opposed to thin and flimsy, they are the pancakes of kings. And queens. And knights. And princesses. And anyone else that would like to dive head first in to their pillowy goodness.
Yesterday afternoon, after a tiring morning scooting up, down and around the garden, the boys and I were in need of a little treat to replenish our energy levels and keep us going until tea time. We headed over to the Flora website, aprons at the ready, to print off the pancake recipe and got started.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 4 minutes
Skill rating: Easy
125g self-raising flour
2tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 medium egg
2 tbsp Flora Cuisine
Toppings of your choice
1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the middle and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl or jug, combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until well combined.
3. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until just moistened. The mixture will be lumpy but that’s fine.
4. Heat a frying pan and add a little Flora Cuisine. Once it's hot, drop ladles of the mix onto the pan. Once they are bubbly on the top and the edges appear dry (after about 2 minutes), it’s time to turn them.
5. Cook for a further 2 minutes and serve with the topping/s of your choice.
With excess flour dusting every surface and nose, we sprinkled, shook and squeezed our favourite toppings on to the pancakes and sat on the doorstep to eat them, toes wiggling in the sunshine. Crushed M&Ms went down a treat, homemade jam was also a winner, but we all agreed that golden syrup stole the show. A classic combination. And one that we will most definitely be enjoying again.
This post was written in collaboration with Flora.