In our family weekend breakfasts have to be a bit special and for us this usually means either eggs or pancakes. This recipe for scotch pancakes comes from the Be-Ro Flour Home Recipes book and it’s the one my mum always used. These really excite my children and they’re so quick to knock up. In terms of the effort versus pleasure ratio they’re a complete winner and it’s a great recipe to have to hand when you’ve run out of bread in the morning.
Dropped scones (in our house called Scotch pancakes)
100g self-raising flour
25g caster sugar (the original recipe uses 50g but I think this makes the pancakes too sweet, especially if your favourite topping is golden syrup!)
Pinch of salt
Milk to mix (about 4 tablespoons)
Oil for frying
Measure the flour, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Add a drop of milk and stir with a spoon until the mixture comes together in a thick batter. Add a little more milk gradually until you have a dropping consistency.
Drop a desert spoon of batter into a moderately hot frying pan greased with a little oil (I use groundnut or rapeseed oil, never olive oil). You can usually fit 3 or 4 into the pan at a time.
Turn over once the pancakes start to bubble and are golden brown on the underside.
Serve with plenty of your favourite topping. I love lashings of golden syrup, my daughter likes raspberry jam and my son prefers them plain or, as a special treat, chocolate spread.
This recipe cooks about 10-12 pancakes. This is usually enough to feed my two hungry children and myself.
My husband dislikes these basic dropped scones as he says they’re a bit stodgy. He prefers Nigella’s delicious Ricotta hotcakes (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/ricotta-hotcakes-229) which are super light and fluffy. However, as they involve ricotta as an extra ingredient (which you have to remember to buy at the supermarket), an extra bowl, egg separating and whisking, I’m afraid these don’t get cooked very often.
NOTE: The title of this post comes from Eric Carle’s children’s book ‘Pancakes, Pancakes!’. It’s such a great story that involves a small boy having to go to great lengths to source all the ingredients for his much desired breakfast pancake. He has to thresh the wheat to make flour, milk the cow and so on.