Pancake Day is next week and as you know, I love an “event” because it is a stable tradition in my other ways unsteady freelance working life. I love the whole challenge of Pancake Day and trying to make the best thin (in my opinion) pancakes and successfully flipping the pancake without breaking it. I thought I would share with you, what I believe to be, 3 of the best pancake toppings you could possibly make. After taking these photos I realised I hadn’t actually included NUTELLA!! I tried a Nutella pancake/crepe for the first time on my honeymoon in Mykonos and it was to die for… isn’t melted chocolate absolutely heavenly!
MUMMY’S PANCAKE RECIPE
I used this rather vague recipe that my mum described to me over the phone on my first Pancake Day after I moved away from home. It is more crepe like than American style pancake. They are nice and thin and cook really quickly. I personally only like the thin pancakes and if it is even the slightest bit too thick I let someone else eat it.
(x1 egg per person)
Fill a large mixing bowl 1/3 of the way with self raising flour
Mix in 4 eggs
When the flour and eggs are mixed in together mix in 3/4 pint of semi skimmed milk and 1/4 pint of water
(The longer you leave your batter to stand the better it will be)
(The newer and lighter the non-stick pan you have the better your flipping with be)
This is probably the healthiest sweet topping you could opt for but is incredibly sweet and tasty. I am not much of a fan of maple syrup and find that date syrup is the healthiest similar replacement. I am a fruit fiend and am really craving summer fruit bowls. Unfortunately the berries which I adore are a lot more expensive at this time of year. Either break out and treat yourself or buy frozen berries which are still fabulous but a fraction of the cost. This time I chose to fill my pancake with fresh strawberries, cherries and raspberries…my mouth is watering as I write this.
Golden Caster Sugar
This is probably the first style of pancake you ever made as a child and still remains the majority of peoples favourite pancake topping…I think mine as well. I like to pour fresh lemon juice all over my flat pancake then spoon on some sugar which soaks into the lemon juice and become a zesty sugary delight. I then roll up my pancake and create the same sugary zest on the top…heaven.
Extra Mature Cheddar
This is my favourite and only savoury pancake that I like. I like to add grated cheddar cheese to my cooked pancake whilst it is still in the pan, let it melt a little. I then fold it over and add more grated cheese and turn it over to give it another flash of heat to almost (but not quite) burn/overcook the cheese. It becomes a mix of gooey and crispy cheese.
The topping ideas are endless. What are your favourite pancake toppings?