When you think of pancakes, do you envision a stack of thick American-style ones drenched in syrup or the wafer-thin crêpe-like variety with a simple squeeze of lemon and a dash of sugar?
The humble pancake is endlessly versatile and works equally well as a sweet or savoury dish. Stack 'em high with crispy bacon and maple syrup, cover them in fresh berries and a drizzle of chocolate, or opt for the classic pairing of sugar and lemon.
And what about a boozy option? It may not be the first thing that comes to mind but pancakes have been made with everything from Bailey's to beer and we have a great recipe that incorporates Irish cream liqueur Coole Swan into the batter. Or if you'd prefer a savoury treat, there's a tasty recipe for savoury oat pancakes from Flahavan's that makes a perfect brunch.
For these and other ideas, read on.
Coole Swan IRISH Cream liqueur pancakes
• 100g plain flour
• 2 medium eggs
• 200ml semi-skimmed milk
• 100ml Coole Swan cream liqueur
• Pinch of salt
- Sieve the flour and salt in a bowl.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the two eggs.
- In another bowl, whisk together the liqueur and the semi-skimmed milk.
- Add the liqueur and milk to the flour and egg mixture. Whisk until a smooth batter is left. Let the batter stand for 10 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick pan add oil or butter and spoon in a ladle of batter, tilting the pan to move the mixture around the pan for a thin and even layer.
- Cook for about 30 seconds until golden brown underneath.
- Using a palette knife, quickly lift and flip the pancake.
Topping ideas: a mix of fresh berries, flaked almonds and a shaving of dark chocolate (70%), fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar, pear and chopped hazelnut, or simply freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar. Recipe courtesy of Coole Swan.
If big, American-style pancakes are the only ones you're interested in, try this recipe. Thicker than crêpes, they have a light and fluffy texture - which is exactly what you want from a pancake. You'll find the recipe here.
Savoury oat pancakes with avocado, beets and feta
Pancakes don't have to be sweet, of course, and can actually make a great starting point for a more substantial dish. This recipe from Flahavan's teams oat pancakes with avocado, beetroot and soft, crumbly feta. Get the recipe here.
Banana and peanut butter vegan pancakes
If you're vegan, this recipe is the one for you. The banana and soya milk batter results in pancakes that are a little lighter than their egg-and-milk-based counterparts - and they're full of flavour too. You'll find the recipe here.
Chocolate chip pancakes with caramelised banana
Sometimes you just want to go all-out, so how about chocolate chips, marshmallows, caramelised bananas and salted caramel sauce? That's a big 'yes' from us! These party-on-a-plate pancakes taste as good as they look - you'll find the recipe here.
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