I remember in my first year of university, I used to make pancakes like there was no tomorrow. I made friends from the other blocks by making pancakes, I was known as the pancake girl. Pancake Day was my time to shine and my time to feed the mouths of so many hungry students (okay just about 6 of my housemates). We ate pancakes with everything; lemon, lemon and sugar, sugar, honey, golden syrup, condensed milk, bananas, chocolate spread; literally anything that required the littlest of effort and the quickest time. I miss those days. That was 3 years ago so it’s been a really long time since I made them.
It’s no surprise that I woke up this morning craving pancakes. I craved making them, the smell of them and the orgasmic taste of them altogether. I needed cookie cutters to make the pancakes neat and pretty but we didn’t have any at home and nothing was going to stop me from having my pretty pancakes so I made my very own cookie cutter. I’m definitely going to patent this invention. Eat my shorts Dyson!
So anyways back to my pancakes. Honestly I chose the toppings based on what we had in the fridge and cupboards; kiwis, apples and dried fruits.
For the pancake mix:
- 150g self raising flour
- 2+1/2 tsp baking powder
- 30g ground almond
- 80g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp mascarpone cheese
- 1/2tsp vanilla paste
- 200ml milk
- 1tbsp sesame seed
- A small chuck of ginger, grated
For the kiwi and apple topping:
- 1 apple
- 1 kiwi
- 50g caster sugar
- 200ml warm water
For the cranberry topping:
- 50g dried cranberries
- 25g caster sugar
- 100ml boiling water
You need to:
- Add all the kiwi topping ingredients and bring to a boil for 15 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture looks syrupy. In a separate pan, do the same for the cranberry topping.
3. Add the dry ingredients while mixing- 2 tablespoons at a time
4. Pour 2 teaspoons of oil unto a frying pan with the cookie cutter and let it heat up (but not scalding hot) for 1 minute.
5. Pour 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture into the cookie cutter and leave it until the top starts to bubble
Serve with any of the toppings or both! The combination of the fruit was really a lovely change from the usual maple syrup or lemon and sugar topping. Also, the hint of ginger in the pancake mix added a nice kick to every fluffy mouthful. Hello pancake girl!
What toppings do you like on your pancakes?