Don't get me wrong, I do love a good english pancake. Scottish pancakes are pretty tasty too. But honestly, there's nothing like a good American pancake for breakfast, drizzled in maple syrup and whatever else I can find about the fridge.
I've never been terribly successful before when it comes to making pancakes. They always seemed to turn out quite rubbery. But this recipe seems to be fool-proof and that's why I love it so much. It's super quick, easy and simple. Above are all the ingredients, plus some chocolate chips, strawberries and maple syrup which I decided to add as toppings. You can find a list of what you need to make the pancakes here, along with all the measurements.
Normally I measure out all of my ingredients first before starting, but this process is so quick and easy that you really don't need too. Plus, it minimises washing up! Win!
First, sift your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into one bowl.
Into a measuring jug, pour out your milk. Add one egg and your melted butter and whisk. Make sure that the butter is cool when you add it otherwise it will scramble your egg. Ew!
Now all you have to do is pour the liquid into the bowl and whisk it with a fork as you go. That is my mate doing the whisking for me, whilst I pour and take the picture. I didn't just grow 8 arms, though that would be useful. Haha.
Once it has all been combined, it should look something like this - nice and smooth. Leave it for a couple of minutes to rest before you start to cook the batter. At this stage you can start warming your pan.
Put a little butter in the pan just to grease it. This will help make sure that the pancake doesn't stick and make it easier to flip over.
Ladle some of the batter into the middle of the pan. I usually tilt the pan a little to make the batter spread out so that I get a nice round pancake. This prevents the pancake from being very thick in the middle and thin at the edges.
Wait until the pancake is bubbling and has risen about 1cm before flipping it over. This will prevent your pancake from breaking up - in theory!
Tada! Ever so slightly overdone but yummy non-the-less.
Above is a plain pancake. To make chocolate chip pancakes you just add the chocolate to the batter before pouring it into the pan. Be careful to watch the pancake rise as you can end up burning the chocolate chips on the underside if you don't flip it soon enough. I found this out the hard way.
The recipe says it makes 4-6 pancakes but every time I've made it the most I've managed is 4.
And there's the finished product. One chocolate chip on top and one plain, with maple syrup and strawberries. My gosh were they good! Can't recommend this recipe enough. If you do give it a try please tweet me a picture as I'd love to see yours! I'm @edgeofbeauty7.