I have definitely become a more confident cook over recent years, but one thing that I often claimed that I couldn’t cook was *whispers* pancakes. I tried many times and failed. They always ended up as a sort of lumpy heap, never anything like they should be. It drove me made and in fact for a few years, it drove me to buying those ready made pancakes that you can put in the microwave.
Then Jamie Oliver came to the rescue. I watched one of the Jamie Oliver Christmas specials a few years ago where he made ‘One Cup Pancakes‘. It looked so easy and he made them with his children. The idea is that you use one cup of flour, one cup of milk, one egg and he added grated pear into the mixture. They looked amazing. I’m not a huge fan of pears, so we tried it with apples and they were a huge success. Since then, they have been a regular weekend and holiday breakfast and at least one of the children helps me make them.
As there are usually six of us and we all like two pancakes each, it has become the ‘three cup pancake’ and we always have lots of grated apple in them, but you could put any fruit in you like or have and these would be lovely.
One cup of plain flour (makes 4 – 5 small but thick pancakes)
One cup of milk
One medium egg
One apple grated
Small amount of butter for frying
Pour the flour into the bowl and I always whisk the flour to get rid of any lumps.
Peel the apples and then grate them into the mixture and give it all a good stir.
I always pile mine on a plate with a small amount of greaseproof paper in between to keep them warm and stop them sticking together. The pancakes taste lovely on their own, but my lot insist on covering them in sugar and jam.