Monday, 16 February 2015

Pancake Day

Pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, as it should be called, is tomorrow. 

So I thought I would share with you my recipe for delicious gluten free pancakes, and waffles.  Why just stick to pancakes, waffles are scrummy too!

This recipe makes Crépe style pancakes.

You will need:

                      1 cup of gluten free plain flour (I use Doves Farm http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/flour-and-ingredients/gluten-free-plain-white-flour-1kg/
                      1 cup of eggs
                      1 cup of milk
                      butter for frying with

(I double this recipe to make lots of pancakes, or sometimes do one batch with 'ordinary flour' but that makes cooking them more of a hassle as I don't have two frying pans of the correct size.)

Method:
                    
             Pour the cup of gluten free flour into a large mixing bowl, and add the cup of eggs and cup of milk, then beat well with a hand held beater until combined well.  It should be the consistency of cream.

             Get your frying pan hot, add a knob of butter and coat the frying pan with it, use a ladle to spoon in your mixture (one ladle per pancake, although this will depend upon how large your frying pan is, so adjust to suit your needs.)  You will need to keep the frying pan fairly hot as you cook.  (I find I need the extractor fan on full blast too, and sometimes the window open otherwise the smoke alarms go off!)

            The pancakes are ready to flip over once the edges start to lift (if they're still stuck to the pan, then they're not ready to flip.)  Use a fish-slice to turn them if you don't fancy tossing them into the air to flip them.


Waffles:

To make waffles I use the same ingredients, but you will need about an extra half a cup of flour as the mixture needs to be thicker, more batter-like otherwise it runs out of the waffle maker.

Sweet toppings:

               My favourite is the traditional lemon and sugar, but it is closely followed by warm berries, especially if we are having them as a desert, a scoop of ice-cream goes extremely well with them too!
          
              Chocolate spread is a winner with my children, sometimes with the warmed berries, sometimes by itself, they like to roll them into sausage shapes if eating with chocolate spread too.

             Strawberries and cream or ice-cream is another hit with our family, as is maple syrup or golden syrup, depending upon which I have in the cupboard.

Savoury toppings:

             The best by far (well in my opinion) is bacon with maple syrup, it is a really lovely breakfast pancake or waffle, sometimes we mix the bacon into the batter for the waffles so that it cooks inside them, then just drizzle with the maple syrup, mmmm.

              Another lovely filling is cheese, it goes lovely and gooey, and you can add whatever you fancy with it, bacon, chicken, or keep it veggie with peppers, asparagus, or mushrooms.

The list is endless, and I would love to hear how you like yours, so feel free to comment below, and we might even give your favourite a go in our house.

Happy flipping everyone,
Lupin Girl x

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