Updated: Apr 10, 2018
To wake up on a weekend morning, feel the warm light and realise there are no commitments is a glorious thing. The smell of coffee will enhance the relaxed atmosphere, so why not go further and make some pancakes too?
Here is a simple pancake recipe for such mornings with a little guidance on getting it right i.e. not burning them.
1 – Make your coffee
The heavier bodied coffees made with a French Press, Moka Pot or Aeropress are great to match with bolder flavoured pancakes. They’re more likely to give you the full flavours and comforting mouthfeel desired on such mornings. Prepare this first so it has time to cool; the pancakes only take a few minutes.
2 – Prepare your ingredients
I have two recipes here; one for fatter, American-style pancakes and one for more crepe-like tings.
Fatcakes – Serves 2-3
180g of flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sugar
Pinch of salt
100ml of milk
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Thincakes – Serves 2
80g of flourSame weights of the dry ingredients as above
270ml of egg and milk mix (however you choose)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
3 – Method
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Chop your banana in slices and leave it to the side.
Whisk the egg with the oil. Once the yolk is mixed with the white, add milk.
Pour the egg and milk mix onto the dry ingredients. Whisk, whisk and whisk with a fork until it’s a smooth consistency with no lumps. With the fork, lifting and dripping the mixture on the fatcake mix will leave a trail that disappears slowly. The thincake mix will be more watery with no such effect.
Heat up the pan with a drop of oil or butter for coating. Ladle a large amount of mixture into the pan (medium heat) so it fills to the edges. Let it cook for 10 seconds then lift the pan and spread the mixture in a circular motion.
Back on the heat and watch the pancake bubble across its surface. Lift the edges slightly with a spatula. After 30-40 seconds, slide your spatula under the pancake and flip it. This may take longer with the fatcakes but beware! Fatcakes burn easily whilst waiting to cook through.
After flipping, cook for another 30 seconds, lifting the edges and peaking under to ensure it doesn't burn. Once you’re happy with the brownness take it off the heat and serve.
With a little oil in the pan, drop the banana slices. These will fry quickly so add a little honey directly on top and flip. Remove the bananas with they’re brown and serve with your pancakes.
Now all you have to do is enjoy them with fresh blueberries or more honey, and of course, with your pre-made coffee.
Simply Lovely. Note - It might take a few attempts to get the pancakes right and not burn them. You'll then be more happy to experiment with recipes you prefer.
Tell us your pancake recipes or let me know what I did wrong in the comments below.