Last year I posted this recipe for Pancake Day: a traditional crêpe fashioned with toffee apple sauce. But this year, I fancied a change. I craved a slightly thicker, fluffier pancake that would soak up sticky maple syrup and complement streaky bacon, should I desire it. So I started to do some research (food research: the best kind!) and I found quite a few recipes that called for buttermilk or natural yoghurt or sour cream, annoyingly things you don’t necessarily have in the fridge all the time.
Pancakes with toffee apple sauce – perfect for
Serves 4 (2 large pancakes each)
For the pancakes:
125g plain flour, sifted
300 ml semi-skimmed milk
1 free range egg
Pinch of salt
A bit of butter for the saucepan
A bit of caster sugar (½ tsp per pancake)
For the caramel sauce:
2 apples, thickly sliced
25g caster sugar
2 tbsp water
¼ tsp cinnamon
First of all make the caramel sauce:
Place the butter, water and sugar into a saucepan on a gentle heat and keep stirring. Add the slices of apples. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly. Gently stir so as not to disturb the apple slices (you want these to remain firm on the outside but soft in the middle.) When the sauce bubbles and looks like caramel take it off the heat while you make the pancakes.
For the pancakes:
Hand whisk the egg yolks and egg white thoroughly before adding the sifted flour, salt and milk. Whisk carefully (so as not to curdle the eggs) until it’s like a smooth batter.
In a frying pan, heat a bit of butter and make sure it’s distributed round the pan. Add enough of the batter to cover the base of the pan.
When it’s beginning to turn gold in colour, sprinkle half a tsp of sugar over the pancake. Then try flipping it to cook the other side!
Put your pancakes onto a warm plate before you start doing the next one. When you’ve finished cooking your stack of pancakes, take the caramel and apple mixture and gently heat it again to loosen the caramel in the pan.
Pour some of the apple and caramel mix into each pancake and fold over and drizzle a little extra caramel. You can serve with sliced banana and a small glass of Calvados, if you like. Enjoy!