Pancake Party!


So my lovely flatmate Alix is away this weekend so I am all by myself for a few days. This afternoon I had epic pancake cravings but I couldn't be bothered leaving the freezingness of our flat to go into the freezingness of outside to go to New World to get maple syrup. I finally worked up the enthusiasm, donned a puffer jacket and went. 

In the meantime a few friends commented on my "Pancake party! pancake party! . . . all by myself" status on facebook and promptly invited themselves over. Luckily! Because pancake parties are always better with people. What's better is that they brought all sorts of exciting toppings with them.

So it turns out the recipe for pancakes that we have at home that our Auntie Rachel gave us is basically identical to Whisk Kid's except mine is without the almond essence. My brother is surprisingly the pancake master in our house. Probably because he has so much practice at making them. He has the whole batch to himself. And no he is not obese. He loves to walk around the house with no top on so he can show off his abs to everyone (mainly himself in the mirror :P) and no they are not skinny boy abs. Actual abs. Dick eh. 

A few pancake making tips: Don't have the pan too hot as you will burn the outside but the inside will still be gooey. However do make sure your pan is fully heated up before you pop the first one in; a hot pan helps prevent the pancake from sticking and making a mess. 

I haven't included many finished pancake shots. Mainly because they didn't survive out of the pan long and also my flipping ability is less than desirable (ie it SUCKS) and so most of them looked a wee bit munted. Also if you are using butter to grease the pan up (which I highly reccommend - it turns the pancakes a lovely golden colour) make sure you wipe it up between each lot so that it doesn't burn.
Also, pancakes are a totally acceptable dinner option. Just saying. Don't judge me. 

Rachel's Yankee Pancakes
(makes 15ish - depending on how small they are)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons sugar (ok so its supposed to be only 3 but one can never have too much sugar . . .)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons of melted butter (which is really just a big knob of it, lets say 20-30g)

Sieve the dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.

Melt the butter in the microwave. Add the milk to the butter then pop back in the microwave for another 40 seconds to warm the milk up, so that the butter doesn't solidify again (thanks Whisk Kid! never would have thought of that myself). Add the vanilla, then beat in the egg. Make sure the milk isn't hot, just tepid. Don't want to scramble the egg!

Pour this mixture into the well. Beat together until smooth. Don't overmix this mixture as you will develop the gluten, resulting in dense, chewy pancakes. Bleh!

Sometimes I squeeze some maple syrup into the batter too, just for flavour.
Place a small chunk of butter into your hot pan, swirl it around to coat the base.

I tend to like small pancakes so I use a 1/4 cup measure to scoop the batter into the pan. Make them as big or as small as you like. It really depends how many people are demanding pancake at once and how much pan space you have. 

Wait until air bubbles form on the surface and you can see the edge of the pancake cooking a little. Also, the pancakes should slide around the pan if they are done on that side. Give them a flip and cook until the other side is golden. 


Serve hot with maple syrup/golden syrup/honey/ lemon and sugar/ caramel sauce/ whipped cream/ chocolate sauce/ banana  . . (don't judge us - it was an epic pancake party).

Our table got a wee bit carried away will all the pancake excitement.

This is my brother making pancakes earlier in the year, he gets about five pancakes out of the whole batch when he makes them this big.

Breakfast for one, how romantic.

I hope you host a pancake party (for more than just yourself :P) soon!

Please excuse the horrific formatting here. Blogger is being a bit special . . don't know why half the writing is highlighted and don't know why the spacing between paragraphs is HUGEEE either. ugh. 


OOh also, I am now blogging my cheap flat cooking recipes for the Otago Daily Times website, so they may or may not appear in full on here. But do check it out if you are in need of some inspiration :)