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Pancake Day

So, tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday and I’ve already got a great pancake recipe posted. So, rather than posting another pancake recipe, I’m going to give you a few ideas for variations for that recipe.

Firstly, there are the fruit options, simply add different fruit rather than blueberries, I’ve tried mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. Others that should work well are raspberries, blackberries, pretty much any fruit can be used – so go wild, try it with your favourite fruit and let us know how you get on.

Another a great idea for pancakes is chocolate! Chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it?

So, there’s the obvious chocolate chips, just sprinkle them on instead of fruit, job done right? Well there’s always the Double Choc option, just make the milk in the recipe chocolate milk and add the chocolate chips while cooking them.

And for the completely decadent out there, why not try some chocolate spread instead of maple syrup?

So with all these calorific ideas and the food excesses of the Valentine weekend, I’m off out for a walk. While I’m out why not share a few of your favourite pancake ideas?

Recipe: Yee-Haw Yankee Breakfast Pancakes

Dripping with Maple Syrup

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
115g plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
140ml milk
a pinch of salt
a knob of butter
a handful of blueberries
maple syrup

Serves 2 people.

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This recipe makes thick American-style pancakes, which are very light and fluffy – so you can easily eat a whole “stack”.

Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs and hold on to both parts.

Add the flour, baking powder, and milk to the yolks and whisk to a smooth, thick batter.

Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt, until they form stiff peaks, then fold this gently into the batter.

Heat a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, melt some butter into it and pour in some batter, enough to make the size pancake you require.

Then sprinkle on your blueberries (you can use almost any berry or mashed banana as an alternative if you prefer). When the pancake starts to look like it’s drying out on top, turn it over and give it roughly the same time on the other side.

Then serve in a stack of about 4, drizzled heavily with maple syrup and enjoy!

Everyone loves Pancakes

It’s true, I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love pancakes, be they plain with a wee bit of sugar and lemon, thin French crepes or the thick American style, there is a pancake for everyone.

My love of the American style began on a visit to the US in 2001. My brother, some friends and myself went to ‘On the Road’ an off-roading event in Moab, Utah. After a days travel from Dublin, via Atlanta and Salt Lake city we ended up in Grand Junction for the first night.

Moab, Utah

At Breakfast the following morning all seven of us met in a diner very close to our hotel. We ordered and as the first meal arrived we were given complimentary pancakes, a plate stacked high of them and a jug of maple syrup.

“Nice one!” we all thought – a pancake or two would be a nice addition to our meals and then the second meal arrived with it’s own plate of complimentary pancakes and then third one and so on, you get the idea. From that moment on I was hooked.

The first time I saw them being made was a few days later, after ‘On the Road’ had finished and we were having a trail breakfast in the middle of the Desert.

With a magnificent sunrise as his backdrop, the rising sun bouncing off the red rock mesa behind our camp, our trail guide (none other than Bill Burke a former Camel Trophy participant) whipped together a batter and started cooking pancakes on a large camping griddle he had somehow fitted into his Land Rover along with tents, spare parts, a tool-kit, first aid kits, bedding, a small collection of firearms, ammo and a fridge!

We were picking them off the griddle with our bare hands, they were just so good. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Bill to part with his recipe, but I’ve finally managed a good imitation/variation at least.