Saturday, May 8, 2010

American hotcakes

I was really bored the other day and did not want to make a cake or cookies like always. Going through my cookbooks, I found  "Omeletes, Pancakes and Fritters" by Family Circle. I used to make pancakes a lot but somehow this book went to the back side of my bookshelf and was forgotten for some time.

Reminding me of all the tasty and not so tasty pancakes (because I read the recipe wrong :S, my bad) I made, I picked "American Hotcakes" for the day. These pancakes can be served with berry jam for breakfast, with icecream for dessert and with caramel sauce or maple syrup as a mid day snack. I love versatile dishes :). I made caramel sauce to go with pancakes.



1 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp castor sugar
pinch salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
60 g butter/oil, melted
caramel syrup , for serving

Sift flour , baking powder, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in center. Add eggs, milk and butter/oil all at once. Using a whisk, beat until all liquid is incorporated and batter is free of lumps. Cover and leave for 20 minutes.

Lightly grease a pan. Pour a level 1/4 cup of mixture at a time and swirl to a circle of about 10 cm. Cook over low heat for 1 minute or until underside is golden. Turn hotcake over, cook the other side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat process for remaining batter. Serve warm or cold with caramel syrup.

Caramel Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp water
Milk, as required

Put sugar and water in a saucepan. Dissolve sugar over high heat. Reduce heat and let the mixture boil without stirring until it turns a deep amber color. Remove from heat and carefully add milk. The caramel will bubble up so you will have to stay careful. If the caramel begins to form lumps, don't worry as they will dissolve.

Put the sauce pan on medium heat again and stir with a whisk until caramel lumps are dissolved. Remove from heat. If you like your sauce to be on the creamy side, you can add cream instead of milk. Pour over pancakes and serve.

Happy cooking!!!

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