Thursday, 18 August 2011

A good tip for a lazy sunday morning: Pancakes!!

This is the latest recipe I added to my list, nothing really special or original, but so yummy...pancakes! They are quite similar to french crèpes, but they blow up nicely and become fluffy. The good part, compared to crèpes is that you need to make only 1-2 per person. This means much less time spent in the kitchen and more time to enjoy your food :)

For 4 pancakes you need: (4 of them was largely enough for 2 of us)

  • 2 cups flour (maida)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp sugar (if possible powder sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 big eggs (I used 4 small ones)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter (I used sunflower oil instead)

Mix all dry ingredients, i.e. flour, baking powder, sugar and salt, in one bowl. In another one mix the liquid ones, the eggs, the milk and the oil. Then put everything together and mix well. There should not be any crumbles in it, it must be a smooth creamy dough.
Now heat some oil or butter in a frying pan and put 1/4 of the mass into it. Let it cook on one side till it makes bubbles and becomes dry on the sides. Then turn it around, trying not to splash the liquid part of the pancakes all over the kitchen :). Leave it for 1-2 minutes till it is lightly brown on the lower side also. Do the same with the other 3 pancakes.

This is all about it. Mainly you need to work the ingredients quickly, because the baking powder starts its effect as soon as it becomes wet. So if you wait for too long with the frying, the pancakes might not blow up properly anymore. And do not try to turn the pancake to early, it will splash all around.

You can have your pancakes with maple syrup, as the tradition wants it, but it is quite expensive here in India, so we had them with honey, strawberry jam, chocolate sauce... other suggestions are sugar and lemon or sugar and cinnamon, nutella, etc...the typical fillings of sweet crèpes! I imagine rabri or something similar would also go quite well on top!

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