Pancakes come in all shapes and sizes, and the perfect pancake varies from country to country and even within households.
We’ve found two easy pancake recipes that make two very different types of pancakes - thin and crêpe-like British pancakes and soft and fluffy American pancakes, both courtesy of BBC Good Food.
Easy British Pancakes
1. Mix together 100g of plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml of milk and a pinch of salt in a large bowl or jug. Leave to rest for 30 minutes if you have time, or use straightaway.
2. Use a medium frying pan or crêpe pan at medium-high heat and wipe it with a kitchen towel dipped lightly into sunflower or vegetable oil.
3. Pour the batter into the pan using a ladle or tablespoon (about two tablespoons of batter is ideal). Tip the pan from side to side, swirling the batter carefully to spread it out.
4. Let cook until you see small bubbles forming on the top of the pancake (about one minute), then flip over using a spatula. The other side usually only needs 30 seconds or less.
5. If you’d like to keep the pancakes warm as you make the rest of the batter, put them on a plate placed over simmering water.
6. Serve with lemon wedges and sugar, or the filling of your choice.
Easy American Pancakes
1. Sift 135g of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt and two tablespoons of caster sugar into a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 130ml of milk and one large egg, then whisk in two tablespoons of cooled, melted butter.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat using a fork until you have a smooth batter. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
4. Use a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add a knob of butter. Once it’s melted, pour the batter into the pan using a ladle or large tablespoon. Your batter should be thick on the pan.
5. Let cook until you see bubbles forming on top of the pancake (about one minute) and turn it over. Cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm thick.
6. Another method of keeping your pancakes warm as you make the rest of the batter is to keep them in a low-temperature oven.
7. Serve with maple syrup, extra butter and any topping of your choice.
Photo Credit: BBC Good Food