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What to eat this weekend: Simple, easy, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup


By Meg Walker
27th May 2023

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What to eat this weekend: Simple, easy, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup

Pancakes for breakfast are a weekend tradition, and not one we plan on breaking any time soon.

The best pancakes of all are made by my youngest daughter Evie – this is her recipe.

Skye Gyngell’s Old-fashioned pancakes with maple syrup
Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • small pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 organic free-range large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for brushing

To serve

  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp icing sugar, or to taste
  • maple syrup, to drizzle

Method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir well to combine and make a smooth batter. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sweeten the softened butter for serving with icing sugar to taste, beating well to combine and lighten.
  3. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Brush the base with a little butter and when the pan is hot, ladle a small amount of batter into the centre of the pan.
  4. Cook for about 2 minutes until bubbles begin to appear on the surface, indicating that the pancake is ready to turn. Using a spatula, gently turn the pancake and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Remove to a warm plate and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the other pancakes. Don’t worry if the first pancake is disappointing; this is often the case – the rest will be perfect. As they are cooked, stack the pancakes interleaved with greaseproof paper on the plate in the oven.
  6. Serve the warm pancakes topped with a knob of sweetened butter and a generous drizzle of maple syrup.

Extracted from How I Cook by Skye Gyngell (Quadrille). Photography by Jason Lowe.