Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Pancakes - Center Parcs Monthly Challenge

I asked the family what sort of pancake filling would you like?
Eldest Daughter says "banana and Nutella"
Star says "sugar"
No1 Son says "sugar and lemon"
Daddy says "strawberries and cream"
Boo (5) says "sausage, chicken, chips and beans" 

So, after a lot of hard thinking (ok, it was pretty easy really) I decided to make banana and Nutella pancakes. But strawberries and cream sounded nice too. Ok, I made both...with some sugar and lemon ones thrown in. I did decide to give the sausage, chicken, chips and beans one a miss.

First up, I made the batter. I really don't understand why people buy ready made pancakes. Well, ok, they are less messy, less effort and and less likely to go wrong, but that's all part of the fun of making them. Anyway, I think they are supposed to be cooked in the microwave, and I don't own one. I've also seen tubs of pancake batter in the shops, just add milk and cook. Again, something I don't understand, surely, flour, eggs and milk are staples in any household, why would you need a mix?

This is how I make pancake batter. I put flour in a bowl. I don't know how much, I just tip in enough. Then I add an egg. I've made pancakes without egg and they don't really taste any different in my opinion, but as recipes state add an egg I will add an egg today. Then I add the milk and mix until it looks right. I know, I'm really helpful, but trust me, pancake batter is easy to make.

I put a big frying pan on the heat and add a spoonful of cooking oil. Some use butter but you need the pan really hot and butter burns. Burnt butter is a pet hate of mine. So when the oil is hot I swirl it around the pan and tip it out. (usually into a cup so I can use it again)
Then I add the batter in the middle of the pan and swirl it around until it fills the pan. After a few seconds I will shake the pan to ensure the pancake hasn't stuck. Then a few seconds later I give it a toss. You have to toss your pancakes, it's the law! Ok, you can turn them over, but trust me, it's easier to toss, just don't get carried away. I've never had a pancake stuck to the ceiling. Eldest Daughter reckons that pancakes taste better when your arm hurts, so keep tossing. When cooked plonk onto a plate and fill. This is the best bit, well apart from the eating of course.

So, here's mine. 

How do you eat yours?
Create your own unique pancakes, take some photos and put them on your blog. Then visit Tots100 and see how your pancakes can win you a fantastic Center Parcs break. Competition ends February 22nd at 4pm so even though pancake day is almost over, you still have time to get your entries in. 

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