Pancakes

I love making pancakes for my kids at weekends. I am a great  fan of Scottish Pancakes not only do we love  them at breakfast time, but if there are any left over, we enjoy them with afternoon tea & I’ve even put them in some of my Dessert Recipes. They are easy to make and delicious! The other pancakes my kids love are Orange Essence Pancakes. The following recipe was given to us by some dear friends. I loved the idea of substituting orange juice for water. It gives the pancakes wonderful flavor and elevates them a little from everyday plain. To make great pancakes there are a few simple rules. Make sure to sift your dry ingredients and slowly incorporate the wet. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together and let them settle for five or so minutes before cooking them.

SCOTTISH PANCAKES

What you need: measuring spoons/cups, bowl, whisk, measuring jug, measuring spoons, frying pan or griddle, non-slotted spatula

Serves: 6 – 8

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk

Sift the flour, sugar and baking soda into a bowl. Beat the egg and mix in the milk. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a whisk. Once combined and smooth let rest for about five  minutes. Spray your frying pan or griddle with a non-stick spray and spoon the batter a tablespoon at at time in batches. Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to form. Flip them and cook until golden brown and cooked through.

 

Tip: to keep them delicious and moist as you take them off the griddle or out of the frying pan, wrap them in a dish towel on top of a plate.

To Serve: Scottish pancakes are delicious on their own or served with butter and Jam. I use them as a base for many of my Sweets including Scottish Shortcake & Scottish Snowballs.

 

PANCAKES WITH ORANGE ESSENCE

What you need: measuring spoons/cups, bowl, whisk, measuring jug, frying pan or griddle, non-slotted spatula

Makes about 12 four inch pancakes

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbs of vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda, sugar and salt. Beat the eggs and combine with the orange juice, vegetable oil and milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients & combine with a whisk until smooth. Add the vanilla extract & mix in. Let rest for about five minutes. Spray your frying pan or griddle with a non-stick spray and spoon the batter about ¼ cup at a time. Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to form. Flip them with a large non-slotted spatula and cook through.

Tip: these pancakes are great with fresh fruit cooked in – especially blueberries. The freshness of the orange essence with the blueberry pop is fabulous!

To Serve: Stack them and let folks help themselves. Offer butter, syrup, jams and jellies!

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