Monday, January 4, 2016
Pancakes , Three Ways..
School holidays are soon to be over, we visited Sri Lanka, with my whole family, except hubby who is away. My father had to undergo heart bypass surgery and thanks to the wonderful care of the doctors and nurses of Asiri Surgical Hospital, he is now recovering very well. Even though it was a stressful trip with hospital trips and also babysitting the kids while we took turns watching the kids, as my sisters and their families went as well , we managed to enjoy ourselves as well.
Got to taste some delicious Sri Lankan food , the boys love string hoppers and hoppers so had no trouble when it came to food. I have to say I was quite impressed with the new changes and development in the city, having visited Colombo, the capital, 11 years ago. But the most exciting part was when my brother in laws bumped into Chef Peter Kurvita ,who they said was very friendly and even took the time to take a photo. Too bad it wasn't me :(. Those of us who missed it even thought of camping in front of his apartment he was staying to meet him, lol.
Now lets start this year with a nice recipe right? Pancakes for breakfast anyone?? Now I am not the kind of mother who wakes up early and whips up a hot batch of pancakes , nope! breakfast is more bread with the usual condiments me during week days, but come week ends its more at a leisurely space. Usually I buy a box of those Betty Crocker or Pillsbury pancake mix, untill I discovered the perfect basic pancake recipe on Martha Stewart website and have never looked back. I usually mix the dry ingredients the previous night before bed , cover and leave it in the kitchen, then add the dry ingredients in the morning. Here I have three ways I have served them, plain with honey the boys favorite with chocolate chips or if I am in an indulgent mood with fresh blue berries.
Recipe : Basic Pancakes recipe taken from basic pancake recipe at Martha Stewart.com
1 cup plain flour, sifted
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp oil ( i used sunflower oil)
extra butter to grease the pan
for flavourings : , chocolate chips, blue berries or a little vanilla essence, a few drops.
Sift flour, in to bowl, add baking powder, salt and sugar, whisk and make a well in the centre.
In a measuring jug , mix egg, oil and milk , ( vanilla essence if using). Whisk well and slowly add this mixture into the well made in the flour mixture. Whisk in carefully while gradually adding the milk . Dont over mix, but it should be lump free.
Heat a small frying pan, preferably non stick , add a tiny bit of butter, swirl it around. Add a ladle of batter and cook over a medium flame. Once little bubbles appear on top of the pancake, flip it over and cook the other side. Remove and do the rest of the batter. Enjoy warm drizzled with honey.
To make chocolate chip pancakes, once you add the ladle of batter, add chocolate chips , so the pancake looks more like a chocolate chip cookie. Flip and finish cooking.
The same you do when making blue berry pancakes. I prefer this method than adding the them to the batter and then ladling into the pan. But its totally up to you.
Enjoy the rest of the day!!!