Thursday, 14 February 2013
Kat vs How to Eat: Pancakes
This was supposed to be a Nigella post, as I consulted her recipe from How to Eat, but the woman got me in such a tiz that we fell out. The problems began when she insisted I didn't use a non-stick frying pan and that this was the only possible option for pancakes that weren't 'blond and pallid and rubbery'. I was willing to buy into this theory as The Oracle always made ours as a kid in a heavy old black thing that had never seen a whiff of a Teflon coating, so I duly went online to find one. Problem #1: What is the opposite of non-stick? Stick? Even the cast iron pans I found had non-stick lining. Le Creuset had very expensive crepe pans and even they were non-stick. Even Jamie Oliver is peddling his own Pancake Day non-stick pan to fairly rave reviews.
Eventually in Sainsburys I panicked and ended up buying a new, yet non-stick pan that looked the right size for pancakes at least; only to get home and find it's almost exactly the same blimming size as the pan I already own. Still, it is now officially 'The Pancake Pan'.
Problem #2 I am supposed to let the pancake batter rest for at least half an hour, if not overnight, but I have approximately a 40 minute turnaround time from getting home to going out to a pub quiz and the batter is not made. Eventually I took to the Internet and discovered the genius that is blender pancakes, and thus:
1 large egg
1/2 pint milk
110g plain flour - 4 heaped dessert spoons
1 tablespoon melted and cooled butter
Bang it all in the blender, turn it on until it's all mixed and then leave it to rest for 20 minutes. In reality I left it about 5 and they still came out fine. Also I didn't really cool the butter much after melting it in the microwave but it didn't seem to matter either.
I did decide to use a little spray of Fry Light spray in the pan, as it seemed to help the pancakes brown, but I didn't make any without so I can't really comment on how much difference it made. My first choice of topping would have been banana and nutella but it turns out I was suffering food amnesia and had already devoured the whole jar, so I settled on banana, blueberries and some of the vanilla ice-cream I made a few weeks ago and they were as delicious as any pancake I have ever had before.
Kitchen wisdom gained: Pancakes are not just for Shrove Tuesday, they are for LIFE!
Domestic Goddess score out of 10: 10 - fact. This is now my go to guest breakfast and tastes much better than it should for the effort involved. Win!
Final Score: Kat 5 - Nigella 0: Massive home victory for me. If I do say so myself.