Five kinds of fillings…
The boys were at a holiday club yesterday whilst I had an amazingly calm (and rather expensive) wander around Ikea. We’re in the last stages of sorting out our bedroom change about and I was after a couple of things to make the transition nice and smooth (things like under-bed storage boxes, night lights, a chest of drawers that means I can finally have my clothes on the same floor as my bedroom…).
Anyway, the fellas made pancakes at their holiday club but were really keen to make more when they got home so we had a bit of a pancake extravaganza - and very nice it was too.
Personally, I don’t think you can beat the traditional lemon and sugar filling, but the boys and Spence went wild with all sorts of combinations of Nutella, marshmallow fluff, maple syrup, golden syrup, apricots and the good old squeezy lemon. Yes, I know it would taste FAR better with a REAL lemon but Louis was so desperate to try the squeezy one that I relented and bought one.
I used a Delia recipe which was super simple and made really tasty pancakes. It goes like this:
- Sift 110g plain flour and a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl from a bit of a height to add some air.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break in two large eggs
- Whisk it all up to a paste (I use my KitchenAid but I guess if you have strong arms, a hand whisk would do just fine as well).
- Gradually add 200ml of milk mixed with 75ml of water into the paste and continue to whisk until all the lumps have disappeared.
- At this point, melt 50g butter in a saucepan then add 2tbsp of the melted butter into the pancake batter and whisk again. Set the remaining butter aside as you’ll use this to grease your frying pan.
I use a pancake batter bottle, which is great - I initially bought it when we were doing up the camper van as I thought it would be great to chuck a quick pancake batter into the bottle and stash it in the van’s fridge for a quick Friday night supper round the camp fire. However as yet, I haven’t managed to scale those domesticated camping heights.
It is a great investment though - from memory, I think mine was about £8 from my local cookshop. It looks a bit like a see-through cocktail shaker and has a pouring spout and measured sides so you can mix the batter in the bottle should you so desire, but the spout is the best bit for me. No messy batter laddling and somewhere to keep the leftover batter once you’ve finished.
So that was our pancake day. How was yours? What is your favourite filling - do you ever make savoury ones?