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Breakfast Pancakes Recipe - Printable Version

Serves 8

Light and fluffy breakfast pancakes. The technique is a bit difficult to learn, but the results are worth it!



1. Put a frying pan on a low to medium heat and melt the butter.
2. Whilst the butter is melting, measure the flour and sift into a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the salt, sugar and baking powder.
4. Measure the milk in a measuring jug.
5. Separate the eggs and place the whites in a cup, adding the yolks to the milk.
6. Add the melted butter from the frying pan. Remove as much from the pan as you can, but don't be too particular. The remaining butter in the frying pan will be used to cook the pancakes in. A rubber spatula can be used to get most of it off the pan.
7. Leave the ring on, but don't put the pan back on it. In this way you can start cooking the pancakes as soon as the batter is ready.
8. When the butter has coagulated, add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix them up. Use a metal spoon. It is at this stage you can judge whether the mixture has the right consistency.
9. Wash the measuring jug and dry it thoroughly.
10. Pour the egg whites into it and whisk with an electric hand-held whisk. Ehisk them until they are quite hard. (If there are lumps in the batter, you can use the whisk to get rid of them.)
11. Using the spatula, transfer all the egg whites into the big bowl.
12. Fold the egg whites into the batter with the metal spoon until they are all incorporated.
13. The batter is now ready. What is important is to get the moisture content of the batter correct. If it is too sloppy; then the pancakes will be flat and stodgy. If the batter is too dry; then the pancakes will burn before they are cooked.
14. Put the frying pan back on the heat and wait until it is to a reasonable temperature.
15. Make the pancakes one at a time, turning them over when the underside is cooked. As the underside is browning, bubbles should be forming on the top surface. The consistency of the batter and the temperature of cooking are correct when the bubbles fail to burst when the underside is fully cooked.
16. Makes 8-10 6-inch pancakes. Eat immediately with butter and maple syrup.