Pretty berry pancakes
Pretty berry pancakes
I prefer to mix the ingredients for pancakes the old fashioned way by hand, that way I don’t fully break up the whisked egg whites which helps to keep the pancakes light but you could plonk all ingredients into a blender and blitz briefly. Personally, I can’t be doing with cleaning the blender after! But up to you.
For the pancakes
250g plain flour
a pinch of salt
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar
4 eggs, separated
500 ml buttermilk
100ml light oil or butter
For the Berries
Cream or Greek Yoghurt, optional
Maple Syrup, optional
Makes 10 - 12
In a 20 cm frying pan
To make the pancake mixture, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the caster sugar.
Lightly whisk the egg yolks and combine them with the buttermilk and sugar.
Make a well in the middle of the flour and slowly pour in the wet ingredients bringing in the dry, a little at a time till incorporated and smooth.
This part can easily be done in a blender.
Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl, until they form stiff peaks, then slide them out of the bowl with a rubber spatula and gently fold them into the pancake mixture.
Wipe or brush a little oil onto a small (20 cm) non - stick or well seasoned pancake pan and heat till very hot.
Use a standard ladle to measure the correct amount into the pan.
Stud the uncooked side with a mix of blueberries and raspberries, about 5 of each.
Let sit undisturbed for about a minute or till the surface is marked with holes all over, rather like a crumpet, a sign that the pancake needs turning over. Do this with a wide plastic spatula or fish slice.
Cook on the other side, pressing down gently with whatever implement you are using to flip the pancake, again for something like a minute.
Turn out onto a waiting plate and cover with a square of baking parchment.
Then move on to the next pancake. And the next, till all the mixture is used up.
Keep warm by covering with a cloth.
Serve immediately, either quite plain – they have quite a lot going for them already, or with cream or Greek Yoghurt, a little maple syrup, if you like and extra berries.