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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pancake Day-te: A Fun Date Night Idea

So I've never really been keen on making pancakes but I do love them! And obviously with pancake day a few weeks ago it meant cracking out the recipe book and having a go myself. It is honestly one of the easiest things to make whether like like the thick american stacks (check out the Breakfast Club post here for more of these) or the light, rolled up crepes. Ever since I have been craving them, so read on to see why pancakes aren't just for Pancake Day...

It's always fun to have a date where you make the food together. Instead of the typical make you own pizzas (I need to do this) we decided to make pancakes. Our pancakes didn't turn out perfectly circular, or as thin as we wanted but whatever they turn out like, they are just so damn tasty.

You can have sweet, savoury or even a combination of the two.
Combinations which we tried out include:

- Lemon and Sugar
- Bacon and Maple Syrup
- Strawberries and Bacon
- Chocolate and Strawberries

My absolute favourite is bacon with syrup and strawberries.
...Basically we made lots of toppings and experimented!

I took inspiration from BBC Food's online recipe, as it is one that works well. Follow it here:

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it, whisking the eggs
  3. Add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking 
  4. Whisk until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream
  5. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in
  6. Add the batter to the heated pan. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook
  7. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only
  8. Slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
  9. Stack the pancakes as you make them, keeping them warm while you make the rest.
  10. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon - or anything you wish!
Here's a little video of my boyfriend making up the mix (which he was reluctant to feature in haha):

Anyway, that was just a little post which will hopefully give you an idea for date night or a girls night in. It's easy to forget when pancake day is over just how good they really are.

Have you made any interesting pancakes recently? Or baked anything that we need to try out? Let us know in the comments below.

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