The secret to a perfect Pancake

Pancakes are one of those treats we all love… you can dress them up sweet or savory and they always taste good. There is something so tangible about looking at Ouma Joey’s handwritten recipe and it does makes me wonder how far back this tradition in our family goes, In October in Zim, Dad would always celebrate the first rains with pancakes served with cinnamon sugar and sliced lemon. Russell has carried on that tradition in our home and has always treated us on Saturday morning with his flapjack version drizzled with maple syrup and fruit which is more like a waffle….. Ross who is now the Pancake king in the house loves to show off his pancake skills to visiting friends and family using ready made pancake mix from Spar …. So I am hoping by putting this recipe out there in cyberspace – that our family recipe will continue on into the next generations and not become extinct thanks to Sasko!

Pancake Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp sugar – you can add a drop of vanilla too for a sweet pancake
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or butter – ouma also used “vet” left over fat from cooking meat,boerewors,bacon which she kept in a jar in the fridge ( great for a savoury pancake and a traditional touch)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk – you can substitute with almond milk if you are vegen or lactose intolerant.
  • Oil for the pan – I use spray and cook.

Cinnamon Sugar mix: 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/4 cup of sugar or for a bigger batch 1/4 cup cinnamon to 1 cup of sugar.( This recipe came from my Granny Nel – so I have always felt this is a family fusion recipe)

2 lemons freshly squeezed to drizzle on the pancake before you fold and 1 lemon in wedges to serve on the table with the pancakes.

In a mixing bowl add flour,salt, sugar and baking powder through a sive into the bowl – make a well in the flour mixture and add your eggs, oil, milk mixed – gradually blend in to avoid lumps – 30 seconds in a blender or just whisk by hand until mixed. Leave to stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The longer the better ( until you see bubbles on top)

Pancakes are quick and easy if you know what you are doing. You need a flat non stick pan and a spatula. I use a gas stove and medium heat. Spray your pan with oil and make sure the pan is really hot before you start. TIP add a drop of water and it should evaporate immedietely – your pan is then ready. This recipe makes about 8 pancakes.

Switch on your gas stove to medium heat , spray the pan with oil and allow to heat about 5 – 8 minutes – using 1/2 cup measure( or once you know your measurement a soup ladle works well ) pour mixture into the center of your pan – swirl and tilt your pan until it covers the bottom and allow to cook through approximately a minute you should see small bubbles and the ends lift away from the pan – use your spatula to release the pancake from the pan and flip using the spatula – you need about 50 seconds on this side – pancake should be golden brown . Use spatula to remove from pan , drizzle with a little lemon juice and sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mix . Fold the pancake in half and then again into a quarter or you you can roll them up – whichever you prefer. The first 2 can be a right off .. and thats ok ….,you will quickly get the hang of it and wonder why you never tried before!!!

Author : Leanne Gammon

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