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OK. OK. I am in love with pancakes. There I said it.
If there is one thing I do not, in any shape or form, need any kind of excuse to stuff down my throat to add wobble to zee legs, it’s pancakes.
I have eaten pancakes near. And far.
I have eaten pancakes in a very small kitchen in Kent with much drama, I have eaten pancakes in NYC baby, I have eaten pancakes at school on Shrove Tuesday for 10p, I have eaten pancakes, more romantically recalled as crepes, in both the deep South and the very West of France and Paris and Moissac and Nice and the best place had to be Lille. I have eaten things resembling pancakes in Bali, I have eaten pancakes at the top of a mountain in Switzerland and at the bottom of America in the Keys. I have eaten pancakes on the side of an English motorway in the snow at a transport caf because I am rather classy like that. I’ve tried Scotch pancakes in a pub in Aviemore and when I first came to Australia was rather astounded to see them called Pikelets.
Show me a pancake, I will show you love. Much love.
I have homemade pancake mix in my pantry. I dream of crepes. I scheme ways to get to a diner in America for a pancake with whipped butter and syrup. I think about chocolate on my pancakes. And lemon and sugar. I wonder will I ever get over the seas to Brittany again for a crepe?
In the meantime I make pancakes at home, or eat them at a cafe by the beach.
I have fiddled and dabbled and foofed with pancake recipes and I have a few up my sleeve for whatever pancake scenario one finds oneself hoping to experience…fluffy and American, check, thinner and lemony English, indeedy, a lil’ Frenchie in the house, oui oui.
This recipe then is a winner, an English-style pancake topped with strawberries and a smattering of chocolate Nutella to tickle the tastebuds…
As with everything I cook in this here cottage, I go the easy route – I don’t mess around with different preparations for pancake making either, no whisking things separately or folding in carefully, nup it’s always the Too Easy route for me and this fulfils that to a tee.
Before I had my new little friend, who happens to be powder blue and sits on my kitchen counter earning her keep thank-you-very-much, I made pancakes in a little plastic container that has a ‘whisk’ inner thingy…threw all the ingredients in there and shook it up…these days I do it in my mixer – the first time I mixed pancakes in there I wondered how they would turn out… rather than making a well in the middle and all that palaver I just chucked it in and hoped for the best as is my philosophy on many things in life.
It was one of my better pancake making experiences ever.
So if you want an easy pancake recipe with no fuss but much ease…go forth and mix…
Easy Pancakes with Strawberries and Nutella
1 cup plain flour
1. place flour, eggs, milk and salt in mixer and turn on low until all is combined and there are no lumps
2. add oil to the pan and allow it to get hot
3. pour batter into the centre and swirl gently
4. flip the pancake & when done remove to plate
5. thinly spread with Nutella and top with strawberries
BC Recipe Notes *I have always found the hotter the pan is the better the pancake…I pour in some oil, swirl it around the pan and then pour it out again so it doesn’t taste oily *I prefer the batter left overnight in the fridge – kills two birds with one stone, the batter is better and you look like super mum making pancakes in the morning. Not that I need to look like super mum around here, they know that isn’t true anyway.
Do you love a pancake? Where in the world have you experienced the heavenly taste of one of these disc shaped beauties???
…how about a pancake fest in a tatty old cottage in Sydney one day? …a beach cottage event with pancakes, strawberries and chocolate sounds good does it not?
See you next time Beach Cottage Lovelies