Who says pancakes are just for pancake day?
Pancakes are quick and easy to whip up, taste delicious and are surprisingly cheap to make. Me and my housemate started making pancakes together (aww) and ‘Pancake Saturday’ soon made its way into out routine. As well as being affordable and tasty, as long as you don’t pile scoops of ice cream, glugs of maple syrup and lashings of cream, they can also be relatively healthy yet feel like a huge treat!
We don’t follow a recipe, but rather play it by ear; after making these weekly you soon get the hang of it. Here’s our guidelines:
- Put approximately 150g of flour in a bowl, mix in one beaten egg and then stir in as much milk as needed to form a runny-ish mixture. The batter should still be quite thick so when poured it spreads out slowly, and should have no lumps.
- After you’ve made your batter, heat some oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a ladle of batter to the pan at a time (or two if you have space in a big pan).
- Leave the mixture until the top of the pancake begin to bubble, then flip it over with a spatula and cook on the other side.
Easy peasy! With only three ingredients you’re on to a winner! Once you’ve done this with all your mixture, now comes the fun bit: toppings!
It’s good to experiment with a few different toppings to find something you really like. We always try to keep out pancakes healthy (ish), so our all-time favourite is sliced banana, honey and frozen berries (blitzed in the microwave for a few seconds).
There are few other combos which we’ve found tingle your tastebuds: sliced banana and peanut butter; Greek yoghurt, strawberries and honey; tinned pears with cinnmon sprinkled on top (which also works fab as a porridge topping).
And if every once in a while you’re feeling naughty, peanut butter ice cream, sliced bananas and melted chocolate is the dream.
Also, uni students, cooking is a great way to bond with your flatmates; everyone loves pancakes and with a recipe so simple there’s no kitchen tiffs. And everyone’s in a pretty good mood because they know food is on it’s way.
So get cooking, good looking! Let me know of any other topping combos you discover and get your taste buds a tingling.