HOORAY for Pancake Day!
It is Tradition that in Canada, Ireland, Australia and here in the UK it is common custom to eat pancakes as a meal, and I just love that tradition! Though my little ones would make pancake day every day is possible. It is great to have a tradition that we can all share, and celebrate in the form of baking. And pancakes are so simple to make, and can be made in so many varieties, savoury or sweet. Here are a few of my favourite varieties to cook, all truly amazing to eat:
Pancakes can be made in many ways: the most common type of pancake here in the UK and in Europe (which my Husband prefers) is the thinner style pancake which taste delicious with lemon and sugar. These are made with a thin, batter mixture and great for flipping too! The American breakfast pancakes are smaller, thicker and almost sponge like which contain baking powder, adding a rise to the pancake and best served with lashings of maple syrup.
So today I share with you all my favourite Pancake Recipe: a light and fluffy, small size pancake which I make with self raising flour, a little baking powder for an extra rise, milk, eggs and vanilla bean paste for a lovely sweet taste. My family like these with either chocolate chips, or blueberries but as pancake day is what I like to call a ‘special occasion’ it felt right to celebrate this yummy recipe by adding a few rainbow confetti sprinkles to the pancake mix.
For years I used to make this Recipe with plain flour and a mix of baking powder and bicarb, but I can recall one weekend morning my family asking for pancakes and I only had self raising flour in the cupboard (yes sometimes I run low on baking goods!) So I substituted my flour and added a little baking powder, and they turned out just perfect.
So how do you like your pancakes? Nutella, melted chocolate, lashings of maple syrup, caramel sauce, fruit compote or the classic addition of lemon and sugar? Please do share our Recipe with your friends on Instagram and Facebook and we would love to see your pancake pictures with a #sweetenchanted.
Happy Pancake Making Friends
- 2 Cups Self Raising Flour
- 1+1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tbls Sugar
- 2 Cups Whole Milk
- 2 Medium Eggs
- 1 Tsp Vanilla bean paste or extract
- 2 Tbls Butter
- Small or Medium size Non-Stick Frying Pan
- Cooking Spray *See Notes
- Large Flat Spatula
- Turn your oven on to 150C/300F for 5 minutes, then turn your oven off, I always like to preheat my oven to keep my pancakes warm whilst cooking the rest of the pancakes.
- Sieve your flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl, add you sugar and whisk together well then set aside.
- Add you milk, eggs and vanilla into a jug and whisk together with a fork until all mixed well.
- Melt your butter in a small bowl or cup in the microwave, then add into the milk/egg mix and use your fork to stir in.
- Add your milk/egg mix into the dry flour mix and mix vigorously with a hand whisk, or you can use an electric hand whisk on medium speed. Mix until your pancake mix is smooth and creamy with no lumps.
- If you are adding sprinkles, chocolate chips or blueberries then add them into your pancake mix now and fold in using a large spoon.
- Spray your pan with your butter spray (or add a tsp of olive or vegetable oil) and place onto a medium heat. *I never use a high heat as the pan becomes too hot half way through cooking resulting in a much darker or burnt pancake, I prefer to cook mine slower and keep an eye on the colour.
- Fill a 1/4 cup with pancake mix, or spoon 4 tablespoons of pancake mix into the centre of the pan and use the back of a tablespoon to smooth out into a circle shape, and cook for 1 minute, the pancake will start to bubble, then use your spatula to lift underneath the pancake and flip it over to cook the other side for a further 2 minutes.
- Place your pancake onto a plate and keep warm in your oven.
- Spray your pan with your cooking butter spray and repeat to cook the next pancake.
♥ These pancakes are best made and served fresh.
♥ My sprinkles which I always buy in bulk are from Mamy Sugarcraft. You will need 1/2 cup of sprinkles for this Recipe or you can use chocolate chips or blueberries both of which are a delicious addition.
♥ I used my favourite Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste in my pancakes as it truly makes the best cakes and desserts.