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Delicious Ideas for Pancake Day

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Tuesday the 25th of February is Pancake Day a scrumptious occasion celebrated around the globe with piles and piles of sweet, fluffy boiled eggs. Gotcha 😉 Pancakes, of course. What better excuse to get the skillet sizzling and start flipping a breakfast the entire family will enjoy (as well as the doggo at your feet catching all the mis-flips directly into her mouth). We’ve got some delicious ideas for Pancake Day and a fluffy pikelet recipe from Sarah Todd!

Sarah Todd’s scrumptious setup

Sarah Todd — former MasterChef contestant and star of My Restaurant in India — recently started a transformation of her outdoor area with our Bonnie sofa and Phoenix concrete coffee table. As heavenly as that setup looks in her tranquil, leafy garden… how good do those pikelets with jam and cream look?!

Delicious Ideas for Pancake Day Phoenix

(Pictured above: Bonnie Wicker 3 Seater Sofa)

Sarah Todd’s fluffy pikelets

INGREDIENTS
1 tsp white vinegar
¾ cup milk
1 cup self-raising flour
¼ cup caster sugar
1 egg
50g melted butter

METHOD
Add vinegar to the milk and set aside to sour.
Sift the flour into a bowl, add the sugar and combine using a wooden spoon.
Create a well in the centre and add the egg and milk mixture. Whisk until smooth but do not over beat.
Cover with cling wrap and leave the batter to rest for about 30 minutes. It will thicken so test the consistency and add more milk if necessary.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium to high heat. Brush with melted butter. Wipe the surface of the frypan with a dry paper towel. This will ensure an evenly coloured pikelet.

Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan. Use the first pikelet to gauge the temperature; you may need to adjust the temperature up or down. Cook until bubbles form and start popping. Lift the pikelet slightly to check that the bottom is a light golden brown.
You may need to add more butter to the pan between batches. Make sure you wipe the pan with a paper towel before cooking the next batch.
Carefully flip the pikelets and cook for a further 1–2 minutes or until light golden brown.
Remove from the pan and allow to cool.
Top with jam and cream or a topping of your choice.

Not all pancakes are created equal

We couldn’t resist the opportunity to bake up a few batches ourselves in the name of “research” for delicious ideas for Pancake Day. Fluffy, flat, thick, thin… not all pancakes are created equal. While they all follow the same basic flour-egg-milk-batter-fried-in-a-pan rule of thumb served with either sweet or savoury toppings, there are differences.

The pikelet is smaller and a little denser than the traditional pancake and can be served either hot or cold with your choice of toppings, from jam and cream to salmon and dill, whereas pancakes are usually served hot. The drop scone is just another name for a pikelet, which is in fact the regional name of where they were said to be invented. The fancy French crepe is a paper-thin pancake and quite a speciality… it’s also a heavenly experience when served hot and folded filled with Nutella!

Easy pancake recipes

In additional to Sarah’s fluffy pikelets, here’s a few more delicious recipes. Serve them with your favourite toppings, such as jam and cream, lemon and sugar, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, Nutella or savouries if you prefer. Have a gluten intolerance or cutting the carbs? The pancake family is incredibly easy to modify by simply switching up the ingredients, such as gluten-free or coconut flour instead of wheat flour; and almond or soy milk instead of dairy. Vegan? Switch the egg for a tablespoon of coconut oil instead. I know, madness! It works.

Easy pancakes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tbs sugar
1 egg
¾ cup milk
50 g butter (or oil spray)
METHOD
Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place a frying pan over a medium heat lightly coated with the butter (or oil spray) and pour about ½ cup of batter for each pancake. When bubbles form on the surface, flip the pancake over and cook until golden on both sides.

Mum’s pikelets

INGREDIENTS
1½ cups self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
50 g butter (or oil spray)
METHOD
Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place a frying pan over a medium heat lightly coated with the butter (or oil spray) and pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. When bubbles form on the surface, flip the pikelet over and cook until golden on both sides.

French crepes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 tsp caster sugar
240ml milk
2 eggs
50 g butter (or oil spray)
METHOD
Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place a frying pan over a medium heat lightly coated with the butter (or oil spray) and slowly pour just enough batter to lightly cover the entire surface of the pan, tilting as you pour. When bubbles form on the surface, very carefully flip the crepe over and cook until golden on both sides.

Keto pancakes

INGREDIENTS
 cups almond meal
2 tablespoons Stevia
½ cup coconut milk or unsweetened milk
2 large eggs whisked
50 g butter (or coconut oil)
METHOD
Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Place a frying pan over a medium heat lightly coated with the butter (or the coconut oil) and pour about ½ cup of batter for each pancake. When bubbles form on the surface, flip the pancake over and cook until golden on both sides. Serve with your favourite keto toppings.

Kid-friendly feast

If you really want to spoil the kids, sprinkle some chocolate chips or blueberries into your wet pancakes immediately after pouring them into the frying pan. Be adventurous! Bananas? Sprinkles? Vegemite?! What a lovely way to spend some fun time with the kids before the busy day begins or spend a lazy Sunday with Jenga or some backyard cricket.

Delicious Ideas for Pancake Day jenga

What about you?

How do you like to spend time with the kids? Leave a reply below. And if you’re thinking of adding a fur-baby to your family, check out our story on the benefits of owning a dog.

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