Pancakes without the palaver

Posted on September 25, 2010


There is something wonderfully decadent about having pancakes for breakfast, it seems like such a treat. However the thought of vast piles of washing up often puts me off. Nigella Lawson offers the solution to this domestic conundrum – use a blender. It’s so simple that when you hear it you kick yourself, why in the modern day & age have we all been whisking? This recipe is for fluffy, sweet American style pancakes, they taste even better served in bed.

Makes enough for 2 people
150ml Milk
1x Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
90g Plain flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Golden caster sugar
a pinch of salt
Butter for frying

Medium sized frying pan

This is the moment at which you realize the beauty of this approach. Place all the wet ingredients in the blender followed by all the dry ingredients. Blend at full speed, push the flour off the sides with a spatula it gets stuck. In no time at all voilà perfect pancake batter!

To prepare the pan melt a little butter over a high heat, turn the pan to ensure the base is coated. We all know that the first pancake wont be a looker so don’t be disappointed. Pour a little batter into the centre of the pan, cook until the bottom is golden & the top is lightly set. Then flip & cook the other side. Once cooked transfer to a warm plate & cover with a tea towel. Repeat until the batter runs out.

There are millions of pancake topping but here are few suggestions for inspiration sake:

Sliced bananas with chopped hazelnuts & maple syrup

Blueberries with greek yoghurt & honey

Nutella & raspberries

Butter, cinnamon & brown sugar

Crunchy peanut butter & strawberry jam