Don’t you just love pancakes, they are a staple in so many different countries and go under lots of different names too. I adore French crepes, buying them at roadside stands when visiting Vide Graniers and fetes. America just wouldn’t be the same without that famous breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup. In Scotland pancakes are often called drop scones and are served with butter and jam.
Pancakes are perfect
Of course there are as many ways to serve pancakes as there are pancakes themselves. My daughter will only eat hers with Nutella, actually she eats most things with Nutella.
Pancakes or crepes are often served with a a scattering of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. This is how I love my pancakes, it was the way my Mum always served them and I’ve just taken it from there I guess.
For this simple little recipe for lemon pancakes I decided to put the lemon into my pancakes themselves while making them rather than adding it later. The results were wonderful and just so easy to make. So here are my lovely lemon pancakes.
Lovely Lemon Pancakes
- 115 g/4oz plain flour all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 medium egg
- 150 ml/5 floz milk
- melted butter to grease pan
- Sift the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar and grated lemon zest. Add the egg and milk slowly whisking all the time. You want to have a completely smooth batter.
- Heat a girdle (if you are Scottish and happen to have such a thing to hand) or just a normal heavy based frying pan for at least 3-4 minutes so it is really hot. Brush with a little of the melted butter and then drop in a large tablespoon of the batter per pancake. I usually make 2 at a time in my pan.
- They will start to bubble on top after about a minute and a half. Now is the time to flip them over either by the conventional use of a spatula, or by showing off and tossing them in the pan. The latter is good fun and impresses the kids, but only if it works! Let them cook on the other side for about another minute or so.
- Serve with a sprinkling of sugar and a knob of butter melting all over them. Of sourse you can add maple syrup or anything you like at this point, but I just love the tanginess of these pancakes served as simply as possible with a good cup of tea.
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