4 Mar 2014

Easy Wholewheat Pancakes

I have been absolutely crazy about pancakes since the first time I ate some at the Pancake House in Cardiff.  The next time I had some was at the Pancake Place in Oban.

I always procrastinated about making them at home. It was not until last year,  when I was running out of recipe ideas for little J, that I actually ended up making some pancakes.  I haven't stopped since. Pancakes are now a firm favourite with both my son and me. M is not that keen on them. So they get made mostly when he isn't around.

Super Easy Wholewheat Pancake
You might wonder why I even bother to write about something as simple as pancakes.  Especially as there are a zillion recipes out there. The only reason is that I believe in economy of labour. Particularly in the kitchen. So I am sharing my super easy and labour effective way of making pancakes. This write-up is for people who enjoy home-cooking, but don't fancy washing too many dishes. And do not  believe in tedious recipes either. The basic principle is to bung everything in, mix, pour, cook and eat. You are welcome to cringe at that,  but the outcome is toddler-endorsed scrumptious. (Toddlers are notoriously hard to please when it comes to food).

The only kitchen equipment you will need to make some delicious pancakes are:

All You Will Need
- a bowl to mix the batter in. I use a glass measuring jug. It just makes pouring the batter easy and saves on using another ladle or spoon.
- a fork to whisk everything together
- a frying pan or griddle pan
- a spatula
- a plate to dish up your pancakes

Things that go into your pancakes:
- 10 grams marg. I just fork it out into my measuring jug
- 2 eggs, whisked
- a cupful of wholewheat flour. I use Pilsbury atta.  
- a pinch of salt
- a half teaspoonful of baking powder 
- enough milk to make the batter

Start by forking out about 10 grams of marg (or butter if you like) into the glass measuring jug.

Fork out the Marg
Place it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds to melt the marg. Break both the eggs into the melted marg, and whisk everything together till it all looks uniform.

In go the eggs
Add a pinch of salt and the baking powder. Now add the wholewheat flour and mix the lot together with your fork.

Add the wholewheat flour
Add the milk a little at a time, as you continue to mix with the fork. Add milk till the batter becomes just right to pour out, or of a pouring consistency as the pros would say. Make sure that all the ingredients are properly mixed, and there are no obvious large lumps of flour or any unmixed dry flour.

The batter all ready to pour
Pour a little batter onto a hot griddle and swirl the pan around to spread the batter all over. As I use a non-stick frying pan, I do not bother adding any extra butter or oil to the pan at this stage. The marg in the mix is enough to ensure nothing sticks.

If you, like J, fancy a bit of melted browned cheese, now is the time to add it. I just break a bit of sliced cheese into pieces and place them onto the pancake as it cooks in the pan.

Wholewheat Cheese Pancake
Once the surface looks done and no longer looks moist, flip the pancake over. The end result should be a pancake that is browned and cooked on both sides - one side with large brown patches, the other with little brown spots. Plate up and eat your pancakes.

Flipped over wholewheat Pancake
If you have not added any cheese, you can try eating your pancakes with a squeeze of lemon and a generous dusting of sugar. Or drizzle them with some maple syrup. Alternatively, chop up some bananas or strawberries, dust with sugar and gobble up the lot. The possibilities are endless.

Cooked and ready to go
If you fancy a variation, just alter the consistency of the batter. Make it more fluid and you will get crepes. Make it a bit thick and you end up with drop scones.

Lemon and Sugar Wholewheat Pancake

25 comments:

  1. Mmm love pancakes! I love how melting the cheese gives it a savoury twist :-)

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    1. I love slightly browned burnt cheese. Tastes yummy! Especially on a pancake.

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  2. I love the idea of savoury pancakes, my kids seem to think pancake day is an excuse to have pudding for dinner!

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    1. Can't blame them:-) I think the same. Hence the cheese one just to balance things out a bit.

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  3. I love pancakes. And easy recipes :) Have to admit, I like my pancakes the old fashion way - full of white flour, sugar and maple syrup; but your wholewheat ones look really tasty. I might try them as a savoury ones so they will be a completely different food and not "really" pancakes, who have to be sweet :)

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    1. Just a bit of a cheesy twist on your traditional pancakes. I too love my maple syrupy ones :)

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    1. I can confidently assure you they tasted scrummy too! x

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  5. I like your idea of a Wholewheat Cheese Pancake - Mark would totally love this choice!

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    1. I think a bit of browned burnt cheese does taste rather good on pancakes. Nothing fancy, just sliced cheddar.

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  6. I made scotch pancakes this morning, very yummy x

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    1. Personally, I too like drop scones. But J seems to prefer them thinner the traditional way. He wins, so we make them thin.

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  7. Lots of pancake ideas around today - of course! Must remember to make mine this evening!

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  8. How fantastic! White flour deos not agree with me, so I can't wait to try these out! x

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    1. If you can use wholewheat flour without compromising the taste, then why not, I say!

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  9. Yummy. I love pancakes, especially wholewheat ones.

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  10. I thought I was getting out of making pancakes today - but I was ambushed at 8pm!!!

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    1. Quite rightly, I should say :-D No way you get out of making pancakes on #pancakeday!

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  11. Super pancakes! I'm craving some now :-) it's like a post pancake day blues!

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    1. I know what you mean! I too am craving them today. Have settled for chocolate instead :-D

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  12. Ooh yum! What a lovely recipe. I just wish I was able to not burn them!

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  13. The melting cheese is a simple twist. Looks tasty x

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  14. I love the idea of putting cheese slices in while it's cooking. We've never done that but we'll be trying it now!

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  15. I'm gluten free, so make my pancakes with rice flour. But they are just as scrummy. My daughter likes 1/2 banana blended into the batter, it makes them sweet and really fluffy. Loved your pictures and post. Thanks

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