Next Tuesday, February 13th: Pancake Tuesdaaaay! I must admit that, even though I ate loads of pancakes as a kid, at some point I completely turned against them and I haven’t eaten thin pancakes (or crêpes) since. But just the other week I read that Mental Health Ireland wanted to raise awareness on Pancake Tuesday by inviting people to put a smile on their pancake and then share your happy pancake on social media or by donating directly through paypal/card or by texting MHI to 50300 to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland. As I think this is a fantastic cause, I decided to break my decade-long avoidance of pancakes and not only did I make my own recipe, I ate about half of them as I finally like them again!
So whether you just like pancakes or you want to help me support a cause that may be often overlooked, I hope you enjoy my recipe for homemade thin pancakes or crêpes. It’s a very basic recipe, there are many other directions you can go with these but it’s always crucial to get the basics first. The technique is very easy but you have to be careful of two things: not to get lumps in your batter and not burn your pancakes.
For more info about Mental Health Ireland’s Smiley Pancakes campaign, please visit their website www.mentalhealthireland.ie/mhi-campaigns/smiley-pancake/.
Makes: about 10 big pancakes (+-30cm)
- 250g self raising flour
- 2 large eggs or 3 small ones*
- 500ml milk
- 16g vanilla sugar
- a few tablespoons of butter
- a teaspoon of cinnamon
*You can use duck eggs if you don’t have chicken ones, I used one duck and one chicken egg myself
I would highly recommend using a mixer for this, as this will increase the chances of avoiding lumps. Add vanilla sugar and flour to your mixing bowl and make a hole in the centre. Add your eggs and half the milk. Mix until you get a smooth batter, then gradually add the rest of the milk. Finish with the cinnamon and mix one more time. Set batter aside for at least half an hour.
Heat up a non-stick frying pan without butter at high heat. Then add a bit of butter, if it sizzles right away you are good to go. Turn down the heat slightly and add about a ladle of the batter. Spread it out really well, if you have a wooden T-stick spreading tool, this will be very helpful as you can then push out the batter as soon as it hits the pan, so it spreads out everywhere. If you don’t have one, start by pouring the batter in the center of the pan, then go around in circles towards the outside. Bake on both sides for about 1,5 – 2 minutes, be careful when flipping it over, as you don’t wanna tear your pancake.
Enjoy with some chocolate, fruit, or even ice cream!