Sunday, October 30, 2011

fancy pancakes

When the children come home from school, full of subtraction and the urgent need for a multi-compartment fairy pencil case such as their second-best friend Aisling has, they like to eat fancy pancakes. These are very easy to make and are a good Friday treat.


To make them, whizz up your usual pancake batter - I use 250 ml milk, 4 oz white or wholemeal flour and 1 egg.

Good fillings are raisins, chocolate chips or chopped glacĂ© cherries (rinse off the syrup).  Get these ready in little bowls in advance.  It's best to sprinkle the fillings individually onto the pancakes as they cook rather than mix them into the batter; otherwise they tend to distribute unevenly.


[glimpse of the wonderful KitchenAid Blender, perfect for pancake-making]

Pour small pancakes (saucer-sized) into your pan. Once the first side is nearly cooked, sprinkle a little of your chosen filling on top. Give it another 30 seconds, flip over, cook lightly and flip onto a plate.

Children will clamour for all three fillings in one pancake; that works well too, as do Smarties. The panel of tasters here has demanded experimentation with hundreds & thousands or chocolate vermicelli during the mid-term break, so they have been added to the shopping list.

38 comments:

  1. I think it would be great fun to be a child in your house Mise.

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I made pancakes for years for my kids and the most exciting thing I thought to do was put rabbit ears on them, or add blueberries.

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  3. Mmmm! They might be nice for a hallowe'en morning treat too. I'll be dreaming up suitably ghoulish fillings all evening now!

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  4. This is becoming an incredibly culinary blog. I write with no hint of complaint. I merely wonder if Manoir Mise has reached its state of final perfection and now it's time to inspire us on more than merely lifestyle fronts! Though obviously the lifestyle hints are still there in the background... I remain inspired!

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  5. My grandmother used to make breakfast pancakes just like these, with marmalade on them, and I would eat far to many of them. Thinking of those and looking at yours I'm wondering about finely chopping a Terry's chocolate orange and adding that as a filling. Oh be still my beating heart :D

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  6. Will these be a good substitution for cigarettes?

    If so I will have a pack first thing tomorrow.

    Don't think for one moment any of us have missed the cunning fabric topped jars in the background.

    xo Jane

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  7. I want some now, but it's nearly bedtime. Seems a bit excessive. Shame.

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  8. Ok, I'm coming to your house after work Mise....

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  9. Very fancy pancakes. But fancier still is your orange Kitchenaid blender. I didn't know you could use it for pancake mix. I shall try it. xx

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  10. 'Children will clamour for all three fillings in one pancake'

    Grown-ups will, too. And did you say Smarties?

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  11. MagsMcC: it's true, the packet of flour and I have communed unexpectedly lately. I guess it'll wear off soon and I'll return to my usual froth of commentary on the manners and mores of Blogtopia. Thank you for not complaining.

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  12. Jane, my very best friend,I will fax you some whenever you feel the need.

    Stan, come round! We will heat the pan when we get your call to say you are on the way.

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  13. Ah, most excellent :) I have just the right pancake recipe for this - pity I've already scoffed the choc chips, glace cherries, Smarties and other etceteras....

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  14. I'm thinking I need lessons in being the perfect mother. Could you help me. Not only have I NOT bought my messmonsters a compartmentalised pencil case like THEIR second best friends who have to go to school, but they end up making their own afternoon tea and doing the baking for me. I'm failing as a mother. Will they be there for me when I'm old?
    Come and help me Mise. I'm failing in my Motherness :(

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  15. And one can make them in the shape of Mickey Mouse, if one is so inclined. One circle for the face, two for the ears. Bananas make good smiles. Motherhood has its high points, doesn't it?

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  16. sounds divine! I went to a pancake supper tonight...all they had for fancies were blueberries :(

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  17. Hello Mise

    Those pancakes look delicious - we had supper just an hour ago and now I want your pancakes. Blue and Pink Daughter certainly eat well.

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  18. It sounds lovely, these pancakes.

    Thank you for rescuing me from that throwing to a hot bath at Denise´s.

    Have a good new week.

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  19. You are a woman after my own heart, knowing that these are called pancakes, and not dropped scones (or even worse Scotch pancakes!) I have just had a big bowl of porridge for breakfast, but I feel a need for a pancake coming on ......

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  20. Hello Mise:
    Ooooh if only we had been able to look forward to fancy pancakes at the end of our school days....and we were in our forties then!!!

    All this fun might well persuade us that on our visit to you, we may even enter the kitchen. We are expected, aren't we? We are sure that we saw the invitation somewhere?! We are really quite inexpensive to feed! We can offer gardening advice in lieu of....well, in lieu of most things as we are singularly lacking in other skills. Now, where are those faded Georgian mansions....!!!

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  21. Those look delicious! Yeah, my kids would be all over those. None left for mom and dad. :)

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  22. Fun! This reminds me of something my favorite aunt would have done for us when we were still tots. Your girls are lucky to have such a fun mom.

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  23. Hello Mise,

    Pancakes appear regularly(as if by magic) on our dinner table and they are gobbled up by children... and adults too. I put Smarties in mine occasionally when I feel I need to be forgiven by my offspring. Chocolate drops strike me as being just as delicious and a little less, um, naughty.

    Stephanie

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  24. Ooo, so fancy. And are your pancake embellishments stored in your fabric-covered jam jars? I will be deeply disappointed if they aren't.

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  25. children always know the best form of value adding don't they

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  26. This has to be the cutest blog post name EVER...as well as the best after school snack EVER...lucky-lucky Pink & Blue!
    The nephews are definitely going to be introduced to fancy pancakes (just had to 'say' it') their very next visit! :d
    xo J~

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  27. You say "usual pancake batter" and I feel I should be infinitely more acquainted with making pancakes than my present level of experience.

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  28. Pencilcase envy - it requires much counselling in this house too Mise. I think pancake therapy could be the thing! xx

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  29. Smartie pancakes! Mise, I believe you may be a genius :)

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  30. ahh, almost missed my kids being little and in school again
    just for a sec, then i got over it
    ~laura x

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  31. Oh Mise,
    Your girls have the best mummy EVER....you make them ( and, Scottish Husband) the most yummiest things.
    Do they take some to school for their teachers for bribery purposes ?!! XXXX

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  32. all three fillings in one would make for a very fancy multi compartment pancake ,bet aislings mam couldn't do that !

    i've been very much enjoying this pancake of late

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  33. OK, Jaboopee, if you can make those green pancakes, so must I. You made the lime butter too and didn't cut any corners, right?

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  34. No corner cutting here, the lime butter is divine , and might I suggest, [ I hope Yotam won't mind ] to avoid having the egg yolk left over ending up in the forgotten corner of my fridge I just put it back into the pancake mixture ,do you think that was wrong? I can't imagine that you'd have forgotten corners in your fridge .

    PS Now I'm very afraid ... clearing ones cookies is a new one on me, i presume there's no eating involved..may need a tutorial..?

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  35. That extra egg yolk would surely lift it onto so high a plane that I hardly dare to try the recipe.

    In Safari, it's under Safari-Preferences-Privacy-Remove all website data.

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  36. These look delicious, and your pictures are so pretty. I like to make banana pancakes, spread them with peanut butter and sprinkle on a bit of brown sugar or cinnamon sugar.

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  37. Fancy Pancakes and these fancy pancakes served for snack: brilliant! (Also perhaps a good incentive for getting out of bed on a school morning but then I'd be afraid of setting a hard to match precedent.)

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  38. I always find that pancakes taste best with chocolate in them and maple syrup.

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