Pancake Day 2017

Irish Cream/Coffee-Choc/Cocktail/Hunter’s Chicken Pancakes

It was about time I posted something new on here, what better excuse than Pancake Day. I didn’t want to just repeat what I’ve tried previously, so thought I’d test out some new ideas this year. I’m pleased to say I was able to try out four of the five I came up with this year, though I may still use that fifth another time….

First of all, for those who might find it useful, here’s the recipe I followed. It’s from an old recipe book that my mum has had for years, now preserved with plastic sleeves.

Irish Cream Pancake
My first attempt at an alcoholic pancake – I mixed in some Irish Meadow (similar to Baileys) with the batter for this one, after it was suggested by a friend. It turned out nice, would definitely try it again. No additional filling was needed.

Coffee-Choc Pancake
This turned out nice too, but (bearing in mind it was a first attempt at this) it just didn’t turn out overly photogenic! I took a spoonful of coffee granules and blended them up with just a little milk, then added this to the batter. Once made, I then used some chocolate syrup as a filling.

Cocktail ‘Blob’ Pancake
Another alcoholic attempt, it was a bit of a gamble as I wasn’t certain that it would turn out right. I added cocktail favourites grenadine and blue curacao to this one, dripped in using a straw (with my thumb over one end to create a vacuum, released over the batter). Ideally, it’s a two-person job; one person holds the pan and pours the batter in, whilst the other then drips the drinks in as soon as the batter hits the pan – any later and it won’t mix with the batter. It looked odd at first (as expected/hoped) but it turned out great. A cocktail you can eat.

Hunter’s Chicken Pancake
I can never resist twisting the classic Hunter’s Chicken recipe into new ideas, and thought I’d use that as my first attempt at a savoury pancake. Tried this one a couple of days after Pancake Day, cooking for friends – a friend had made the batter, and by sheer fluke I managed to create decent American-style pancakes on the first attempt. I laid on some cooked chicken, some bacon I had just fried and then poured on some Jack Daniel’s Honey barbecue sauce, before folding the pancake, taco-style. These tasted great and were enjoyed by all.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and enjoyed your Pancake Day too.

Related:
Pancake Day 2015 – https://randomkitchenexperiments.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/pancake-day-2015-milkshake-and-choc-orange-pancakes/

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Pancake Day 2015 – Milkshake and Choc-Orange Pancakes

Flipping good (sorry)

This year, I thought I’d make my first attempts at making pancakes, but in typical fashion, I wasn’t prepared to just settle for any old plain type, so here are my experiments for this year’s Pancake Day. I think they turned out okay for a first attempt!

Idea #1 – Banana Milkshake and Glace Cherry Pancake

This is regular pancake batter, flavoured with a couple of spoonfuls of Banana milkshake powder, and with a couple of finely-chopped Glace Cherries mixed in. It’s the latter part that I wasn’t certain would work, but it mixed and cooked just fine, though I didn’t quite get an even spread.

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Idea #2 – Chocolate-Orange filled Pancake (well, Clementine segments and Bourbon Biscuit Chocolate spread, to be exact)

Regular batter, covered down the centre with Bourbon Biscuit Chocolate spread, on tip of which I placed some Clementine segments, as I personally prefer them over regular Oranges usually. I’d never tried fruit in a pancake before, and I’d definitely try it again sometime.

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Idea #3 – Strawberry milkshake Pancake

Again just regular batter, but flavoured with a few spoonfuls of Strawberry milkshake powder. Out of the two milkshake flavoured pancakes, I prefered the Banana flavoured one (as did my family); not to say that it was bad, but it needs some tweaking.

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Now to improve and think of ideas for next year!

Battered Mars Bar….and Celebrations

Just a bit of fun with a Scottish idea

I’ve been wanting to try a battered Mars bar for ages (for those unaware, it’s an idea that originated in Scotland’s chip shops in the mid-90s), so thought I’d have a go at doing it myself – in typical fashion though, I wanted to do something different with the idea though, and then I remembered I still had some Celebrations…. By happy coincidence, I attempted this the week before Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day, so I’ve even managed to be topical too – here’s an idea if you fancy doing something different with extra batter mix.

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If, like I have here, you use some mixed chocolates, you can add an element of mystery to it, as it’s impossible to tell the chocolates apart once they’re all battered. NOTE: Please do bear that in mind beforehand, if you know people with nut/other allergies.

Batter mix:
125g plain flour (plus extra flour to coat the chocolates in)
1 egg
A dash of salt
A jug containing 75ml water and 75ml milk

Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl – the batter needs to be thick, so do play around with the measurements if desired.

I used a deep frying pan and a couple of inches of cooking oil. Heat up the oil on your hob, and coat the chocolates in flour. When the pan is sufficiently hot enough (you can use the ‘cocktail stick test’ to judge – place one end in the oil, and watch for bubbles to appear), dip each chocolate in the batter mix, then place in the pan. Allow to cook until the batter coating is golden brown, then carefully remove with tongs and repeat with each chocolate.

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Tasted great! I have friends demanding I make more for them too, so looks like I’ll be doing this again in the near future.