5th Feb 2008
Nicky: In our house pancake-making is a two person job. I make the batter and find that for four hungry people you need to treble the recipe using 3 eggs. Some people say that the batter needs to stand for a while before you use it - I don't think this makes any difference. I just put it all in a food processor and whizz. I then put it into a jug and handover to my husband. Cooking pancakes seems to have enough drama (and instant positive feedback) to interest men - a bit like barbecue cooking. He pours a tiny amount of oil into a frying pan, heats it up really hot and then tips any surplus back out and pours some batter in, turning the pan to make sure the batter covers the base. Then after a short while he flips it over and cooks the other side. He then repeats this process until the batter runs out.
I provide toppings - wedges of as many citrus fruits as I can find - lemon, orange, Satsuma, lime etc or maple syrup are the favourites for us but jam and chocolate are good too. If some of your pancake eaters cannot be at home at the right time, you can make the pancakes in advance for them to eat later. Make the pancakes in the normal way and then store them in a great stack with a sheet or greaseproof paper in between each one. When ready, put a pancake (without its greaseproof paper) on a dinner plate and heat in a microwave for about 20 seconds or to taste. Remember it is a well known fact that your first pancake will always turn out badly - they never fail to get better after that. Even the first one tastes good - it is just a mess to look at. At that point your pancake eaters will not mind at all - they will just be grateful you are making them.
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