Perfectly Simple Pancakes
Celebrate Pancake Day in style with these Perfectly Simple Pancakes! All it takes is a few ingredients, including cinnamon and sugar for sweetness, and lemon juice for zing – you’ll be whipping up this batter every weekend.
Pancake day crêpe’d up on you? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with these Perfectly Simple Pancakes. With just 5 ingredients and a trusty frying pan, you’ll have a stack ready in no time. We’ve heard that our recipe has sparked a debate: are they pancakes or crêpes? Whatever your opinion, one thing is certain – these perfectly simple pancakes are a delicious way to satisfy your cravings.
UK vs USA Pancakes vs Crepes
A few people have been debating whether or not these perfectly simple pancakes are indeed pancakes. So we thought we’d do a deep dive into the batter bowl to learn more about the different pancakes.
Traditional UK pancake recipes usually only require flour, eggs, milk, and sometimes sugar and salt. Baking powder is usually not used in UK pancakes, which gives them a thin, flat texture with a slight crispness on the outside and a soft texture on the inside. We use a touch of baking powder in out recipe to lighten the batter, and keep them soft and delicate.
American-style pancakes usually also include flour, eggs, milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt, but are mixed to a thicker batter. Buttermilk is often included giving them a thick and fluffy texture that’s soft and airy throughout. These added ingredients help give USA pancakes the signature fluffiness that makes them so difficult to resist!
Crepes on the other hand are cooked super thin and slightly crispy on the outside. The difference in texture does not necessarily make one type of pancake better than another; it just depends on your personal preference.
What the flip?
When it comes to toppings, UK pancakes usually come topped with lemon juice and sugar. On the other hand, USA pancakes can be served with either sweet or savoury toppings like syrup, butter, whipped cream, fruit, bacon or eggs. Again, this is largely dependent on personal preference – some people may prefer sweet toppings while others may prefer savoury ones.
And that’s it.
If you give this recipe a try, we would love to hear about your experience and get your verdict. Are you Team Crêpes or Team Pancakes? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us and make sure you tag #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I let my pancake batter rest?
Resting allows the gluten in the flour to relax and the baking powder to activate, improving the texture and flavour of pancakes. Resting for at least 10-15 minutes before cooking can make a significant difference in the quality of your pancakes.
Why does the first pancake flop?
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