Monday, 9 June 2014

Pancake my way.

Pancakes can either be eaten as a meal or a snack. The first time I made pancake myself was really an interesting experience. My sister and I knew the ingredients needed for making pancakes but we had never really seen them being made. The fact that we did not know the exact quantity of the ingredients to use did not deter us. I mean, how hard could pancakes be?
We were happy with ourselves that our pancakes were going to turn out great, but when we saw our first pancake on fire looking funny, we knew something was seriously wrong. You see, we had deep fried it. Seriously! We were quite young then so we can be forgiven. Somehow we figured out what the problem was and adjusted accordingly, and the pancakes turned out okay, a little oily though. I'm glad to say with a little more practice, we started making lovely pancakes.
Here's a recipe

1 1/2 cups flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 red scotch bonnet, pounded or finely cut
1 small onions, finely cut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon powdered milk
Oil for frying. I used coconut oil.

Break the egg and whisk properly. Add sugar, powdered milk and salt. Mix properly.

Pour in the water, vanilla, pepper and onions, mix properly.

Add the flour gradually and mix well until there are no lumps. If the batter is too thick you can add some water.

Place a frying pan over medium heat with a few drops of oil. When the oil is hot, spoon some of the batter and pour gently in the middle of the frying pan, normally it spreads by itself, but if you need to you can gently tilt the frying pan to spread it. 

Let it cook for about 30 to 45 seconds, flip over to the other side and cook for the same amount of time. Repeat this process until the batter is exhausted.

One way I enjoy pancake is by eating it with oven baked mackerel. I debone the fish, put a little ketchup and roll the fish in it. Really nice!

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