By Lorne Gillies
Today is probably one of the best days of the year, Pancake Day. A day dedicated to eating pancakes morning, noon and night. Whether it’s savoury/sweet pancakes or crepes, we have 4 simple ways to enjoy a multitude of pancakes with recipes that will rock your world without breaking the bank. We’ve come up with humble pancake recipes for those of you who enjoy the simple things in life and fancy pants pancake recipes if you’re looking for a real treat. Before we get going let’s get the basic batter mix sorted. A simple recipe to start off the process that you can do no matter your culinary skills. You will need:
2 large fresh eggs
300ml fresh milk
125g plain flour
Pinch of salt
A splash of olive oil or butter, entirely up to the cook (you)
Method: mix the flour and salt together. Make a small well in the bowl for the 2 eggs and milk to go into and start to fold the salt and flour into the eggs and milk, stirring until the mixture is a smooth liquid similar to single cream. Pour a little of the batter onto a warm frying pan and fry each side for 2 minutes.
Cheap and cheerful option: bacon & scrambled eggs.
Crack 2 eggs into a microwaveable bowl filled with a dash of milk and a little butter and whisk until everything is mixed together. Put the bowl into the microwave for around 2 minutes making sure to mix once or twice until the eggs are fluffy and piping hot. After the bacon is crispy and the eggs are cooked put them in the centre of your pancake, fold and enjoy breakfast.
Fancy Pants option: spicy chicken & vegetable fajita filling. You will need:
Diced chicken, remove for vegetarian option or add Quorn Chicken.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
400g jar arrabbiata tomato sauce
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
150g tub low-fat natural yogurt
50g baby spinach leaves
Method: place oil into a frying pan and add the onion, cook until lightly brown and add the cauliflower and chicken and cook until browned, this should take approximately 10 minutes. Cover the pan and leave for 5 minutes to allow all the flavors to come together. Add the chickpeas and sauce bringing everything to the boil for 2–3 minutes. When you have stirred everything together remove from heat adding the coriander and move the mixture into a bowl. Before adding the mixture, bowl of spinach leaves and portion of natural yogurt to the center of the table warm up your pancakes by wrapping them in cling film and placing them in the microwave (750W) for 2-3 minutes.
Cheap and cheerful option: Banana and Nutella on a warm pancake.
Firstly you will need to finely chop one banana and warm up your pancake. The simplest method would be to place your pancake in the microwave (see above) and as it is piping hot spread a small amount of Nutella into the center and place the banana slices on top of the chocolate. Fold it all together and leave to sit for 30 seconds to allow the chocolate to melt.
Fancy Pants Option: caramelized orange pancakes with orange syrup. You will need:
120g butter, chopped
½ cup caster sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tsp grated orange rind
2 tsp cinnamon
Method: add 1 tsp grated orange rind and 2 tsp cinnamon into the pancake batter before cooking. To make the sauce for the warm pancakes you firstly need to melt the butter in a small pan on a medium heat before adding the sugar and stirring well until dissolved. Add the juice and remaining orange rind to the mixture and mix well. Bring the mixture to the boil and then leave to simmer for 1–2 minutes or until it turns into a syrup. Meanwhile chop the orange and quickly fry in a frying pan and make sure it is slightly golden and piping hot. Take your pancakes, adding the fried orange on top, cover generously with the orange syrup and serve.
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