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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Flippin' heck, it's pancake day!

Did you all make your pancakes yesterday?

I haven't made British style pancakes since last year's Shrove Tuesday, and I must say that my Mum would have been proud of my wafer thin efforts!
We always have them with freshly squeezed lemon (loads) and sugar (loads) sprinkled on top, then rolled up with a bit more sugar. Well it's only once a year! Actually, having said that, I'm not going to leave it that long before making them again.

I use Delia Smith's pancake recipe and it gives perfect results every time.
Use an old, well seasoned, heavy cast-iron pan - mine was bought for my husband by his Grandma (that's old) - and use only for pancakes, nothing else!
It's easier to pour the mixture from a jug, rather than ladle it into the pan. That way you can swirl the pan with one hand, while pouring the mixture in with the other, and you get really thin pancakes.

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Pancakes in pan

tossing pancakes
Flip 'em like a pro
(How I took this photo, see note below)

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Rolled and served with sugar and lemon


Edited to show how I took swirly photo:
Make sure that you are on your own, because you will look like a total prat.
Put camera on a tripod and set the timer up to take at least 4 photos one after the other.
Then flip like crazy and pray that you get one decent one out of the millions that you end up taking!
After going through the photos, notice that your kitchen is like a bomb site and as there's no way you want anyone to see the cr@p that's on the work surface - you have to blur out the mess with Paint Shop.
Keep the pancake in focus while you swirly blur and take note that tomorrow you ARE going to CLEAN up the kitchen!!!


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Here is a photo that shows the inside of the chocolate hearts cake, that post has been updated with the photo. Recipe coming soon!

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44 comments:

Maria♥ said...

Your pancakes look great and I always have mine with lemon and loads of sugar!

Maria
x

Elyse said...

Impressive photography! The pancakes look great. Great chef and great pan!

Katie said...

LOVE the photos! Especially the one with the pancake flying through the air. How did you do that?

Bellini Valli said...

Love the flippin' photo Nic. Somehow I missed pancake day altogether:(

Dragana said...

How on earth did you take the picture of the pancake flipping? It's great. Nice pancakes. I didn't know of that tradition.

Passionate About Baking said...

You bet they look flippin' good Nic! The pancakes look yum! I think old pans really work well here! can't wait for the cake recipe! xoxoxo

katy said...

love the flipping picture!!!!

my husband and i had nearly 20 people in and out of our home last night for pancakes. traditional english pancakes with lemon and sugar in fact. my recipe is the same as the one linked, with one exception. we cook the pancakes in ghee, not butter. also, i don't whisk, i use a wooden spoon to make the batter, and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before making pancakes. i don't know why the wooden spoon - something his mum mentioned and mum's cooking goes unquestioned - but letting the batter set means all the bits fall to the bottom and you don't get stodgy pancakes.

^_^ katy

sunita said...

Pancakes , for me, are always the British style ones and I make them at least once a week...the kids adore them...I make banana flavoured ones and serve them with some honey.

I must say, the picture flipping the pancake is great :-)

Grace said...

i bow down to you, oh master of the action shot! that's an amazing picture, made even better by the fact that's it's a shot of my favorite food. :)

Helen said...

Oh they are super wafer thin! We made some yesterday - 1 day late! I made savoury ones though, baked them with ricotta and spinach and mushrooms. Yum! I love the swirly picture by the way :)

Katie said...

They look delicious Nic, love the photo of you flipping it - so clever! I always tell myself I will eat them more than once a year but never do. Lemon juice and sugar is the traditional classic in my house, mmm.

Lisa said...

What lovely pancakes! I made a thicker wheat germ version on Monday, then had pancakes at a church dinner on Tuesday. Both were delicious, though neither were anything like these. Now I want to make some more! I have never had pancakes with lemon and sugar and I want to try it. Sounds scrumptious.

Marysol said...

Funny Nic, your pancakes are what we (North Americans) call crepes. And I happen to embrace both.
What I want to know is, how did you flip'em and snap'em simultaneously? :-)

Nicisme said...

Maria - thanks, and that is a geat way to eat them!

Elyse - welcome and thank you!

Katie - thanks, I've added a note to say how photo was taken.

Valli - oh no, what a shame you missed it.

Dragana - there are pancake races held all over Britain, another tradition! See note above re photo.

Deeba - the recipe is a good one, will post soon.

Katy - wow, that is a lot of pancakes to make! Great fun though, and good advice about letting the batter rest.

Sunita - do you make yours for breakfast?

Grace - hmmm, let me guess - cinnamon on yours??

Helen - ohh, ricotta, spinach and mushrooms sounds wonderful, I must try that.

Katie - well this year we must both make the effort to cook them more often, they are sooo easy to make!

Lisa - I like the thick ones too. Hope you try them with sugar and lemon.

Marysol - I love American pancakes and often have them for breakfast. See the note I've added on how I took this photo on my own!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, cleaning the kitchen is a boring task, but that adorable photo is totally worth it, Nic. ;D

Delicious pancakes!

Snooky doodle said...

thos pancakes look so good! I love that photo of the flipping pancake, its awesome :)

Aline said...

I made mine the old-fashioned Breton way: savoury (goat's cheese and honey!!), with buckwheat flour. On this side of the Channel, we call those "galettes," "crêpes" being the sweet type (even better when loaded with warm Nutella!)

Love the photo of the flipping pancake, and the step-by-step method for it is simply amazing! ;)

Ricardo said...

Lovely crepes those you tossing in the air, looks absolutely delish..well done thx for sharing

Anonymous said...

You lied about the photo. It was done in Photoshop. Bad Girl

Patricia said...

Hi Cherrapeno,
Your pancakes look beauteous, I did a blog post too for Pancake Tuesday, known in the US as Fat Tuesday, alas mine would not flip so I admire your flipping abilities, and as usual your photography is luscious!!
Thanks,
Patricia

Sophie said...

Your pancakes look so delicious & light!!! MMMMM...

Nicisme said...

Anonymous - I most certainly did not lie about using Paint Shop! Here is the link to the software I used, Corel Paint Shop Pro. While using that software, if you click on Adjust, then Blur, then Radial Blur, then Spin, you will be able to do this effect.
I don't have Photoshop.
I think it's perfectly OK to touch-up photos if you have the software and I'm sure that I'm not alone.

Nicisme said...

Patricia Scarpin and Snooky doodle - thank you!

Aline - I'm craving warm Nutella pancakes now, sounds so good!

Ricardo - thanks so much!

Patricia - yours look delicious, and lemon/maple is a great combination of flavours!

Sophie - thank you!

Navita said...

girl..how the hell did u manage to take that flippin' pick...great shot! u hve my respect.

n those pancakes look like crepes...love em!

Mandy said...

great capture of the tossing action! And I totally understand on the cleaning part. It's the sacrifice I am willing to make to get a cool pic like this. :)

chuckwho said...

Nicisme, I to love to use a cast iron skillet to make pancakes too. It makes the crust just a little crispy and I love them that way.

Vanille said...

I've missed the date...
Very light pancakes ! How I like them !

Alex said...

The action shot - all I can say is wow!

Sam said...

Lemon and sugar is my favourite topping, banana, cream and toffee sauce is good too!

I love the photo, that is a great picture!

Jude said...

Sad to say I've been known to look like a total prat in the kitchen :) Great photos!

Jan said...

Great pancakes! LOVE the picture and on reading the 'How to take it' LOL!!!!

diva said...

happy belated shroves tuesday!! we had loads of pancakes on tues and then ate it with loads of lemon sugar, strawberry & champagne jam, cheese and chorizo...was goood. :) best day of the month ever in my opinion. x

p/s. your flipping pancake photo is fantastic!

Vera said...

What a flip, Nicisme! Wow! Amazing photo! Pancakes are great as well :)

Parker said...

I love your photo of the flipping pancake.These look tasty! Nothing like pancakes.

Margaret said...

Flippin' eck that's very clever photography!
Lovely Delia pancakes too!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Now don't they look look flippin' good Nic ;0) Lovely pics too!!

Rosie x

ashaan said...

What an action shot. Lovely picture... Impressive food and photography!

Maria♥ said...

Nic, please pass by my blog and collect an award ;o)

Maria
x

Cynthia said...

Nic, you had me laughing heartily at the photo notes! That is exactly what I would have done and too (lol)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Nic, please pass by my blog and collect some awards ;o)

Rosie x

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That is one flippin' awesome pic, Nic!

bittersweetblog said...

Wow, great action shot of the flying pancake!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Great flippin' technique, Nic!

Alexandra said...

My mom was talking yesterday how we missed pancake day! She decided to make them for breakfast this morning anyway! She's english so this is what I think of when I think pancake. She usually makes these for me for my birthday, even now I'm in my 20's!