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Pancake day
Mon 15-Feb-10
12:39 pm
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Ruthdigs
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Mmmm - pancakes and all things related.  Yum!

Who has some interesting ways / ideas / recipes for them?  In particular I like the idea of different kinds in addition to the traditional pancakes we have in the UK.

There's regular pancakes, scotch ('drop') pancakes - also called griddle scones.  Just learnt of Boxty from Tofffeeapple.  There's the Staffs oatcakes that are big and flat - I'd count them as part of the pancake 'breed.'  (Completely different from the scottish 'cracker' type thing.)  Must try making those myself as they're non-existent down here in Devon.  Also French Crepes, Spanish or Mexican tortillas...&c &c &c...  Chef

For a regular pancake we use the same recipe as for yorkshire puddings - 4oz flour, 1 egg and 1/2 pint milk.  Pinch of salt for savoury ones.  I like them filled with mushrooms and whatever veg are around in a creamy sauce and rolled up.  Love the staffs / northern oatcakes spread with tomato puree, cover with grated cheese, melt under grill, roll and enjoy.

So go on - how do you eat yours? Big_Laugh

Mon 15-Feb-10
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I have two with lemming and sugar and two with Maple syrup.  Small ones.  I used to make the American buttermilk one, they are scrummy but I rarely remember to buy the buttermilk.Frown

I'll try that again!

Mon 15-Feb-10
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And how are they with lemming?  Does not the fur get in your teeth?? LaughBig_LaughDoh  lol

Strangely I was looking up buttermilk substitutions as I've never even seen it for sale; for the boxty actually.  Here's some handy options if you haven't got any.

What's the recipe for the buttermilk ones - I've never had those.  Chef

Mon 15-Feb-10
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Good one Ruthdigs!   And won't they try to commit suicide by running off the kitchen table.     Laugh

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Mon 15-Feb-10
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My favourite is pancake layered with fruit, usually thinky sliced apples and dribbled with honey.

Tue 16-Feb-10
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Also thought of blini's - love them with smoked salmon and creme fraiche - yummmmm!  (Although all the blini's I've had have basically been like mini scotch pancakes rather than a different beast all together.)

Then there's chinese pancakes - I don't do the duck ones but I like a spring roll.

Apple and honey sounds good - maybe with a sprinkling of cinnamon as well?  (I love cinnamon! Laugh)

Tue 16-Feb-10
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Ruthdigs said:

Also thought of blini's - love them with smoked salmon and creme fraiche - yummmmm!  (Although all the blini's I've had have basically been like mini scotch pancakes rather than a different beast all together.)

Then there's chinese pancakes - I don't do the duck ones but I like a spring roll.

Apple and honey sounds good - maybe with a sprinkling of cinnamon as well?  (I love cinnamon! Laugh)


Delia has a really easy blini recipe using instant yeast and crème fraîche. They are yummy, far superior to the travesties you get in shops. I think it's in the winter book -- sadly I can't find the recipe on her website, which only has "cheat's blini" (recipe: buy them).

But I'm thinking drop scones or Scotch pancakes now (& getting hungry ...).

Tue 16-Feb-10
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Is it this one?  Also Hugh FW has an article here using his version of her recipe.  I must admit I find him an easier read then her somewhat didactic/patronising tone. Yell  Don't think i've got buckwheat flour in though so they may have to wait for another day.  Thanks for the tip though Veronica! Ok

Tue 16-Feb-10
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yes! That's it, don't know why I couldn't find it. I have improvised with wholewheat flour before now, but it is better with buckwheat. I'm not a Delia fan, but there are recipes of hers I turn to over and over again -- this is one of them.

We've just eaten far too many yummy drop scones, with maple syrup and cream -- very cross-cultural!

Tue 16-Feb-10
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Ruthdigs said:

Apple and honey sounds good - maybe with a sprinkling of cinnamon as well?  (I love cinnamon! Laugh)


Oooh yes sorry forgot that bit. Doh

Tue 16-Feb-10
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I'm a butter, lemon and sugar traditionalist. And leftover pancakes can be tasty the next day with cheese and ham. Not that there are often leftovers.

Wed 17-Feb-10
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Possibly a little bit late to be useful but we usually do savoury and sweet pancakes the full meal is lovely batter deliciousness.

The main course pancakes were chicken in white sauce with onion, pepper and chilli.

Pudding pancakes had chocolate sauce and vanilla frosting in them (the betty crocker tubs of frosting - OH loves them so I wasn't going to argue).

We were going to also have a traditional sugar and lemon pancake too but we ran out of pancakes.

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Wed 17-Feb-10
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Sounds good - although I think you should have just made more pancakes for the lemon and sugar ones!  Wink

Through events unavoidable (Friend emergency) I failed to have pancakes yesterday so will be doing mine today.  If you read the Hugh FW article though that I mentioned above pancakes can be for any day and should be in his opinion.  I like his final comment on what's more likely to be the last things in the cupboard nowadays!  Whistle

Veronica - I know what you mean.  I have a few recipes of Delia's I like, just her general manner that I don't get on so well with.  I blame my dad who I remember falling about with laughter at her on the telly (v. early 80's I think) when she mentioned adding a pinch or sprinkle or something of parsley and then putting a whacking great armful of it in.  Think that rather lost her to me at an early age - if she wasn't up to my dads standards, well then.  Big_Laugh

Wed 17-Feb-10
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I agree with Veronica and Ruthdigs about Delia. I remember seeing one of her early TV programmes, and being rubbed up the wrong way--she seemed sanctimonious and patronising. I will, reluctantly, admit that some of her recipes work.

As for pancakes, it is always a difficult choice--maple syrup? sugar and lemon? brown sugar and yogurt? cinnamon or not? apple butter? other combinations of the above? thick or thin? round or funny shapes/letters? I remember Sunday breakfasts when offspring were young, when there would be a wide choice of toppings on the table. That was one way to get them to want to cook: they would get tired of waiting for parents to finish, so they were allowed do the next batch.

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My son cooked pancakes for us when he visited us the other week, he did rather well. Cheers

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