This is a recipe for my gorgeous cousins, who are back in Italy with most of a bottle of maple syrup that needs an accompaniment (because lets face it, pancakes are just an excuse for eating maple syrup right?). I promised to teach them how to make pancakes before I left, but unfortunately that was among the long list of things that didn’t get squeezed into our last few weeks in the northern hemisphere.
So, pancakes have been done before: But this is the recipe that I cooked every Sunday morning from as soon as I could see over the top of the stove. The proportions and preparation are incredibly simple, the result delicious. Oh, and I should mention that these are large flat pancakes, not the smaller risen ones.
The basic recipe below has had one minor adjustment in recent years, as I’ve started substituting half of the plain flour for oat flour. This improves the taste and texture of the pancakes, although I wouldn’t promise anything about healthiness, remember the maple syrup!
The amounts below can be multiplied to infinity. Remember, you can always put leftover pancakes in the fridge and eat them the next day.
(serves 2–3 people)
1 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
Butter for cooking
Mix the egg, milk and flour together until there are no lumps. Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
Set up a heavy bottomed frying pan, two large plates, the pancake batter with a ladle, butter and an egg flip.
Heat the frying pan on a medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter, swirl it around the pan to coat the bottom and wait for it to start sizzling. Then, add a small ladle full of batter and swirl the pan to form a circle of the mixture.
Leave the pan alone! Wait for the pancake to be almost totally set on top (you can test it by gently touching the top of the pancake with the egg flip). Once it’s set, flip the pancake over to cook the other side. The second side won’t take quite so long.
Remove the pancake to a plate and then cover with the second plate (this will keep the cooked pancakes warm while you cook the others).
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Keep adding more butter in between each pancake and make sure the butter is sizzling before you add the batter.
Serve the pancakes with your favourite toppings and enjoy!
Buon appetite ragazze, spero che ci vediamo fra poco!