Although pancakes are traditionally eaten on Pancake Day, they are just as great at any time of the year. Depending on how you serve them, pancakes are perfect for breakfast, savoury family dinners, and desserts. It might surprise you just how easy pancakes are to make. Here is how to make perfect pancakes.
NB: This recipe makes 12 European-style thin pancakes, also known as crepes.
Pancake Batter Ingredients
- 3 1/2 oz/ 100 g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 10 fl. oz/ 300 ml/ 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, plus extra oil for frying
- A pinch of salt
How to Make Pancake Batter
- Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Crack the eggs into the centre of the flour and add the oil.
- Gently combine with a whisk to create a thick mixture.
- Gradually add the milk and whisk to create a smooth mixture.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for 20 minutes before making the pancakes.
- Put some vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen roll and wipe around a medium-sized frying pan to grease.
- Put the frying pan on a medium heat on your hob.
- Once hot, pour some pancake mixture into the centre of the pan and tilt to coat the base with a thin layer of the batter.
- Cook for one minute before turning the pancake over. Either, use a flat fish lift to do this or, if you are brave enough, toss the pancake.
- Cook on the second side for one minute and then serve.
Nutella is a popular chocolate and hazelnut spread that many people across the globe adore. While most people serve this on hot, buttered toast, there are a surprising number of ways that you can use this spread as an ingredient. Just for fun, here are some things you can make with Nutella.
- Chocolate and Nutella cake– Add two heaped spoons of Nutella to your chocolate cake mix before baking. When your cake has cooled, slice in half horizontally and add a layer of Nutella to the centre.
- Banana and Nutella sandwiches– Nutella is delicious on a sandwich and sliced bananas just add extra tastiness.
- Nutella filled pancakes– An alternative to traditional pancake fillings is to spread on a layer of Nutella.
- Nutella cheesecake– Add three heaped tablespoons of Nutella into your usual cheesecake mix for a completely new taste.
- Nutella topped cupcakes– If you enjoy baking cupcakes, trying icing Nutella onto the top and adding colourful sprinkles or mini marshmallows.
- Nutella crispy cakes– This is one to make with the kids. Stir either cornflakes or rice crispies into a mix of melted cooking chocolate and Nutella. Separate into fairy cake cases and leave to set.
- Nutella dipped fruit– Chop fruit into large pieces and dip one half of each piece into Nutella. This works particularly well with bananas and strawberries.
- Nutella and yogurt dip– Create a mixture of yogurt and Nutella to make a dip. Serve this with pieces of fruit, chopped cake, and biscuits for dipping.
- Nutella sundaes– Layer vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, and large blobs of Nutella. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
- Nutella pizza– Sweet pizzas are a relatively new concept but they are becoming very fashionable at the moment. Make a pizza base, or use a ready bought one, and add Nutella. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.