Thursday, 23 June 2011

Jamie Olivers One Cup Pancakes

Everyone in my family knows that breakfasts are my sisters domain. She would whisk up a pancake batter without even double checking ingredients and measurements. While I was more the type to duck down to the supermarket, buy a bottle of pancake mix and add some water.

Then one day I happened across Jamie Olivers one cup pancakes.
By far the easiest pancake recipe EVER! So easy in fact, that you will not even need to write it down.
Big claim I know, but its true. Since learning about it, I have never ever had to refer to a pancake recipe. Plus super budget bonus; it works out way cheaper than spending money on premix.
Whats the big secret? All you need is 3 basic ingredients and one cup. Any cup will do, as long as you use the same one for both the milk and flour. Easy!

I like a nice thin pancake (doused in lemon juice and sprinkled with tonnes of sugar...FYI) so I use plain flour. But if you like a nice thick fluffy pancake, use self raising flour.  

Once you have this super easy and basic recipe down pat, then you can start playing around with all types of variations, such as bananas, apple, blueberry, chocolate.

1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
1 tsp caster sugar (optional)

1. Add a cup of flour to a bowl.
2. Fill the same cup with milk and add to the flour. Break an egg into the cup, lightly whisk with a fork and pour into the flour mixture. Add vanilla essence/sugar if you are using it. Whisk until smooth and combined.
3. Heat a fry pan over medium heat and melt a little butter in the bottom. Ladle the batter into the fry pan. You can make the pancakes as little or as big as you would like. (Tip: I use a quarter cup measurement to spoon my batter into the pan. Gives a more consistent size.) Once you can see bubbles on the surface, flip over and cook for a few minutes until golden.
4. Stack on a plate and serve with your favorite toppings. 

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