11 February 2010

We Love Pancakes

Hmm, pancakes.

My mum makes the best pancakes ever. Unfortunately she lives 12,000 miles away, so I'll have to make them again this year.

Thankfully I'll have some help. The lovely Kim Hong at Fleishman Hillard sent me a goody bag containing everything I'll need to make pancakes.

The goody bag included a cuddly lion, called Lyle. Presley pronounces Lyle as Lilo. It makes me chuckle every time I hear him.

I was also sent the recipe for The Perfect Pancake:

1.     If you can, make your batter either the night before Pancake Day or on the morning of the day, to let the flour in the batter relax – it makes much better pancakes.
2.     For an extra rich batter, place a small cup full of eggs, of milk and of flour into a bowl and whisk very well until smooth.
3.     Grate the zest of an orange into the batter when you make it – it gives a lovely fresh zing to the pancakes.
4.     Add 3-4 tbsp of Lyle’s Golden Syrup to the batter when you make it, taking care to whisk the batter well, for an extra luxuriousness.
5.     Whatever size pan you use, you want the batter to be about 2mm thick in the bottom of the pan – so it coats it but you can’t see through it.
6.     Remember: Unless you’re very lucky, then first pancake will most likely stick - this is perfectly normal – don’t worry! Give it to the dog.....
7.     Clean the frying pan out with a little kitchen roll, and add more butter each time – you’re less likely to get burnt bits that way.
8.     You can make a whole batch in advance – either:
o     Keep them warm or reheat them – just place them onto an oven tray with a piece of greaseproof paper between each one, stacking them up as you cook them.
o     Cover them with cling film and put them in the fridge for 1-2 days.
o     Discard the tray, wrap them in cling film and freeze them – they will keep in the freezer for 1 month. Defrost them in the fridge for a couple of hours before they are needed.
9.     To reheat the chilled pancakes, heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, place them in stacks of 3 onto an oven tray, cover with foil and heat for 10-15 minutes until hot.
10.  Alternatively, place 4 onto a plate, cover with cling film and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (dependent on your microwave).

You can find out more at welovepancakes.co.uk and at lylesgoldensyrup.com

I hope my nice ex reads my blog. He could do with this recipe. He once made a batch of pancake batter with six eggs.  In case you were wondering, yes, omelette with lemon and sugar is disgusting!


  1. Mmmmm, that recipe sounds delicious. I will be back to try it out.
    OMG...12,000 miles is a long long way! :0( x

  2. That sounds so yummy! My mum used to put either a bit of rhum for flavouring (dark rhum) or a little bit of beer in it. It makes the batter lighter.

  3. Am I a 'bad mummy' if I buy them ready made - I'm a rubbish cook?!!

    We have pancakes loads (care of supermarket!) - they make a fab quick dinner in the microwave with ham & melted cheese to start with, and fruit & honey for dessert. So I can get a pretty rounded meal down the 4yr old, very quickly on 'one of those days' (about once a fortnight!).

  4. Omlette with lemon and sugar! lmao

  5. Oh this is too funny. What you call pancakes and what we (American's) call pancakes are two totally different things! These look very yummy though - may have to attempt it (or ask Hubby to since I'm not really allowed in the kitchen often....)

  6. I used this recipe a couple of days ago and it *was* fantastic! Delicious!

  7. I adore pankcakes as do the boys, I get stuck in the kitchen, until they are full, which can be quite a while.

    I am glas to see your cooking skills at work

  8. @FoodieMummy Dark rhum and beer for flavouring! Now THAT'S my kind of cook!!! :)

    I must confess, I'm not much of a cook myself, but I have convinced my housemates to teach me how to flip a pancake this upcoming weekend - fingers crossed that it doesn't land on the floor. I don't think the 10 second rule applies to pancakes, or does it?

    Ok, all this talk about food has made me hungry again...thanks for the kind words Sandy!

  9. Never thought of adding syrup. Thank you pancakes this year are going to be so yummy!

  10. Going to try that, I love pancakes, could cheerfully eat them till I make myself sick...lol

  11. Little Miss says "Lilo" too! How funny! ;)

    Lovely post Sandy...come MckLinky on Monday...you're a star! ;)

  12. Chic Mama, I can't wait to try it out too! It's only a phone call away x

    Foodie Mama, now we're talking!!

    Mummy Whisperer, that's a brilliant idea and one I'll definitely be trying with my boys. Thank you :-)

    Michelle, iit wasn't funny when I was trying to eat it :-)

    Gigi, ooh, you should definitely get your hubby to make some for you :-)

  13. Heather, I'm so pleased, I can't wait to try it :-)

    The Mad House, I haven't made them yet! ;-)

    Kim, you're welcome. Good luck with the flipping!

    Slim Lens, me neither. Roll on Tuesday!

    Lorraine, me too. I usually eat them standing in the kitchen as I make them!

    Karin, see you tomorrow for Mcklinky :-)

  14. Wow! Sounds gorgeous (yours, not your ex's!) and thanks for the recipe. I must admit I am completely useless at British style pancakes so I always make American ones--pretending they are far superior, while secretly wishing I had a better technique for the British ones... ;)

  15. Michelloui, you must let me know how you get on :-)


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