So the men in my office who like to cook (a lovely quality) are devoted fans of Jamie Oliver. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a dude, or because he owns a pair of David Beckham’s soccer shoes, or because he plays drums in a rock band, or because he is married to a model. I’m hoping, however, that despite the extra cool points for the soccer shoes and the drumming and the model, they’re also fans because he can actually cook. And so I’m foregoing my own tried and true pancakes-from-scratch recipe tomorrow morning to give his “Pancakes USA Style” recipe a go. Care to join me? Here it is:
3 large eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
5/8 cup of milk
a pinch of salt
Separate the eggs, whites into one bowl and yolks into another. Add the flour, milk and baking powder to the yolks and mix to a smooth, thick batter. Whisk the whites with the salt until they form stiff peaks. Fold into the batter, it is now ready to use.
Heat a good, non-stick pan on medium heat. Pour batter (to your preferred size – big pancakes or small) into the pan and fry for a couple of minutes, until it starts to look golden and firm. At this point, sprinkle your chosen flavoring (see below for some great suggestions!) onto the uncooked side before loosening with a spatula and flipping the pancake over. Continue frying until both sides are golden. Repeat!
Jamie’s suggested flavors:
Fresh corn from the cob
Crispy bacon or pancetta
Grated chocolate (yummmmmm!)
Let me know what you think! (I’ll report back to the men!)