Pancakes is one of the most popular breakfast items out there where you can enjoy them at home or even at restaurants and fast food. This pan fried thin flat cake is usually enjoyed with maple syrup, fruits and/or sausages and bacon.
Pancakes had existed since the prehistoric times as archaeologists suggest, earliest versions are a mixture of dry seed flours and liquids such as milk and eggs. It was then baked on hot stones or shallow earthenware pots over an open fire. Since then it did not change a lot as it is using the same concept apart from adding some leavening agent.
Nowadays it is very convenient to make one as there are commercially ready mix available in the supermarket so you don’t have to worry about measuring them individually, the only downside is that it is expensive especially here in New Zealand. Usually a 400g of ready-made mix will cost you in between $4.00 to $8.00 depending on the brand and if you compare that to 5Kg flour which is only $8.00 it is considered a rip off. So we don’t usually buy the ready-made ones and make the mix on our own, trust me it is really easy all you need is flour, baking powder, milk, sugar and eggs.
1 cup self-raising flour (or 1 cup normal flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
2 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 drops vanilla extract
pinch of salt
- Sift flour, sugar and salt together into a bowl.
- Whisk milk, egg and vanilla extract together then pour into flour mixture, mix until mixture becomes smooth and lump free.
- Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and grease with melted butter.
- Drop a scoopful of the batter into the pan, cook until bubbles appear on top and turn over to the other side can cook for 1 more minute.
- Place butter on top while hot, and pour swirls of maple syrup. Enjoy with fruits, bacon, sausages and/or hotdogs.