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Pancake Tuesday

This day last week, I was stuffing myself with pancakes and crepes! Unfortunately I don’t have the time this week or I’d be indulging all over again! I love pancakes. And by pancakes, I mean scotch pancakes. The lovely thicker type. I especially like the bigger scotch pancakes, toasted and buttered with sugar 🙂

Scotch Pancakes

So last Tuesday morning, I enjoyed these shop bought pancakes for breakfast and then for lunch I made some of my own 🙂 My mum randomly bought me a crepe maker for Christmas, like the ones you see used at markets! I’d only used it once with not much luck. I wasn’t able to get the hang of using the wooden batter spreader. The professionals make it look so easy! So Pancake Tuesday was perfect for giving it another go! The recipe I used came with the crepe maker, although I adjusted it a little.

Ingredients

  • 110g flour (I used 150g as I thought the batter was quite runny)
  • 2 eggs
  • 225ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (I have a sweet tooth!)
  • oil/butter for frying

Method

  • Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the sugar if using
  • Make a well and add the eggs
  • Whisk the flour and eggs
  • Gradually add the milk whilst continuing to whisk
  • Ladel a spoonful onto your greased crepe maker or frying pan
  • Let it cook for 60 – 90 seconds before flipping 🙂
  • Let it cook again for 60 -90 seconds
  • Top with your favourite toppings and munch!
  • Eat until you can eat no more!

As you can see I mastered the art of crepe making! I discovered the height of the bench or table you’re working on makes all the difference! The first time I used the crepe maker, the bench was quite high. This time I used the kitchen table which is much lower. This gives a great angle for being able to spread the batter around gently with your wrist. This was proven at dinner time, when I tried it on the bench again. The result was messy, flimsy, hole filled crepes. If you could even call them crepes! So I moved back to the kitchen table and whipped up lots of perfect crepes for all the family! I was really enjoying pretending to serve up crepes at my own market stall 🙂 I could get used to it!

There are lots of toppings to choose from, both sweet and savoury. I stuck to my favourites, butter and sugar, lemon and sugar and Nutella and Banana. (Yeah, savoury crepes just don’t make my mouth water!) If I had of had After Eights, I would have chopped them up and filled some with them too. Try it! It’s one I discovered in Germany!

Sugar & Lemon

Nutella & Banana

I wish I had the time to make some more today. They were delicious!

Ellie

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Valentine’s Cookie Recipe

I thought I’d share the recipe I used to make my valentine’s cookies:) Basically they’re just iced biscuits and fully customisable for any occasion! So thanks to Jelly at http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6754/valentine-cookies.aspx !

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 320g plain flour, sieved
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • icing sugar for finishing touches

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170 C
  • Mix butter with a mixer until light

  • Add the flour, icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract ( I only mixed it a little with the mixer to begin with)

  • Then knead the mixture into a velvety dough…

 

  • Separate the dough into two halves and roll out to a 6mm thickness, using as little extra flour as possible!

  • Cut out hearts or whatever shape you choose using a cookie cutter, or glass, or mug or whatever you want!

Cut Shapes

  • Place onto a lightly greased baking tray or one lined with baking paper and bake for around 12 minutes

  •  The cookies will be almost white when baked. Unfortunately I can never adhere to this rule and always end up with slightly burnt cookies!

Bake the Cookies

  • Leave to cool before icing, or else sprinkle them with some icing sugar. I did a mixture 🙂

Iced Cookies!

And there you have it! I could do with practising my icing skills more!

Ellie

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