Hello there! I couldn’t let Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday go by tomorrow without mentioning and linking back to an amazing recipe for a really easy Pancake Mix I tested for Vanessa Kimbell’s forthcoming booked Prepped!
The idea is that you make up a large quantity of dry mix (but not just any old dry pancake mix, this one has vanilla sugar, mixed spice and cinnamon blended in,) which when needed, can be scooped up and mixed together with milk and eggs so that you always have pancakes on stand-by for a quick kids tea or a lovely pudding.
Since making this mix, I haven’t needed to wait for Pancake Day to make pancakes and consequently, I have been experimenting with lots of different fillings and flavours (hard life!)
My favourite creation so far has been my delicious Ice-Cream Sunday Pancakes filled with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce (made with Fairtrade chocolate) and mixed chopped nuts.
Or course, if all this is too much, take the simple route and go for a large splash of maple syrup or lemon and and a sprinkling of vanilla sugar or let the kids go wild with the jam pot or our favourite, Nutella!
Vanessa Kimbell’s Pancake Mix (Posted with Author’s permission)
Cooking time 10 minutes
Prep time 5 minutes
Dry Mix (can be stored in an airtight container)
1kg of Flour
200g Vanilla sugar
8 tsp baking powder
4 tsp Mixed Spice
4 tsp sea salt
To make up into pancakes.
250 ml semi skimmed milk
150 g Pancake mix.
Vegetable or rapeseed oil to fry
Sieve all the mix ingredients together and really mix well. Transfer into a large airtight jar.
To make up a pancake I use an American cup but any cup will do as long as it holds exactly 250 ml of liquid.
Put one cup of pancake of mix into a bowl; add one cup of milk and 2 eggs. Whisk.
Heat a frying pan with oil, getting the pan hot, scoop one cup into the pan and roll gently to cover the pan evenly. Turn the heat down to low and allow the pancake to cook for a minute. Turn the pancake over (feel free to do a fancy flip once you’ve made sure the pancake is not stuck!) Cook the opposite site and serve.
A quick chocolate sauce
100 g milk or dark chocolate (Fairtrade if possible)
Melt the chocolate and cream in a bowl over a pan of hot water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water and keep stirring.) Use to top pancakes or ice cream or even cupcakes!