Basic Pancake Mix
1 cup SR flour
1½ cups milk
30g butter, melted
Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
Whisk eggs, milk and melted butter together and add to dry ingredients.
Mix until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes. (This allows the starch cells to swell and they will burst when touching the heating of the pan, resulting in lighter-textured pancakes).
Heat and lightly grease frypan. Place 2 tablespoonfuls of mixture into pan.
When pancake starts to bubble, flip and cook other side.
Repeat with remaining mixture.
Stack on serving plate and drizzle with syrup or sauce.
Top with sliced banana and drizzle with honey.
Top with squeezed lemon juice and sprinkle with caster sugar or icing sugar.
Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream or fromage frais/yoghurt.
Gluten Free Variation:
Substitute 1 cup *Orgran Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour directly. Reduce milk quantity to 1 cup. Follow exact directions.
Other indulgent variations:
Add 2 tablespoons caster sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa to the mix.
Serve topped with chocolate sauce and dollops of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream. Top with fresh berries if desired.
150g chocolate, grated
1 cup cream
Put cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer on low-medium heat. Remove from heat and stir through grated chocolate.
Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to pancake mix. Serve drizzled with Butterscotch sauce.
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
Heat butter, brandy and sugar together in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Stir in cream , simmer uncovered about 5 minutes or until thickened slightly.
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat all ingredients together until soft peaks form. Do not overmix.
Serve with scones, muffins, pikelets, pancakes or cakes.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
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I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.