Scotch Pancakes/Drop Scones/Girdle Cakes

I don’t really know what these are called. I’ve always called them scotch pancakes but apparently they have a variety of names; they’re basically international foodstuffs of mystery.  Pancake James Bonds. They’re dead easy though (exactly like James Bond…) and are a vehicle for all sorts of goodness. They can be savoury or sweet, large or small, for breakfast, brunch, lunch or just pudding. You can eat them on the go or at home, you can make the batter hours in advance and the pancakes will keep in the fridge for a good few days. They’re good as a lighter alternative to french toast with bacon and maple syrup, and if I have an early start I like to make them the night before and take them on a train with me slathered with butter and jam to have as an early morning treat.

I’m going to stop now.  I feel like I might just have won an award for ‘longest gush ever about relatively simple food’.

What you need:

4oz self raising flour
1/4 pint of milk
1 tbsp caster sugar
Pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper (if you’re not making savoury, leave out the pepper)
1 egg
Butter and oil

Topping of your choice.  I had smoked salmon, phili and dill sauce because YUM

What to do:

  1. Flour, salt, pepper and sugar in a bowl and stir

2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and crack the egg in

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3. Start stirring (or whisking), gradually adding the milk to make a smoothy smooth batter

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4. Smear some butter on a heavy based saucepan (or a girdle. I don’t know anyone who has a girdle though, I didn’t even know what a girdle WAS until I googled it and found this. You’re welcome, fact fans!) and put it on the heat

5. Drop a small ladleful of the batter onto the surface, cook for about 2 minutes until the top goes bubbly and you see the outside of the pancake start to cook like this

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6. …then flip and cook the same on the other side. The side you cook first should look a bit like this…

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7. …and the side you cook second should look a bit like this…

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8. And no, before you ask I have no idea why they look so different. It might take a bit of trial and error to get it exactly right, but this amount of mixture should make you about 12 pancakes so you’ve got some wiggle room. The first one will inevitably be crap. This is the way the world works, but it’s ok, you know how this goes; you just eat that one first!

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^ my first attempt #pancakefail

9. Once you’ve used all the mixture pile them up, add your topping/s and done! How easy was that??

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Hashtag YUM

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