Pancakes - the best breakfast in the world? Probably - especially if there's lots of Maple syrup to drizzle on top. Want to know how to make them? Food blogger Eat Like A Girl shares her favourite recipe below:
American style pancakes are a perfect weekend treat. Soft and fluffy, they are relatively easy and cheap to prepare, just requiring a little bit of effort to make them extra fluffy. The soft texture & light sweetness contrasts perfectly with the salty sweetness of crisp candied bacon. They just wouldn't be right without an impolite drizzle of maple syrup too.
Why candy bacon? Well give it a go and then try not telling people that it is the only way to go. It is like making bacon toffee and it is so ridiculously indulgent, it is perfect for a weekend brunch.
I separate the eggs and whip the egg white first to make the pancakes extra fluffy. This isn't essential but it does make a difference so it is worth giving it a go. The baking powder gives them an extra lift. When it comes to maple syrup, get the best you can, and be careful to avoid the cheaper ones which are actually mostly golden syrup.
Recipe: American Style Pancakes with Lightly Candied Bacon and Maple Syrup
200g plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
2 tsp brown sugar
A generous pinch of sea salt
2 eggs, separated into yolk and white
6 slices of streaky bacon & 2 tbsp brown sugar to candy them
Butter, for frying
Preheat your oven to 180 deg C.
Sift the flour and baking powder introducing which will make your pancakes fluffy instead of leaden.
Add the salt and sugar, and create a well in the middle. Place the egg yolk in the centre and add the milk.
Stir until you get a batter consistency which has no lumps. Whisk the egg white until it is fluffy and fold it in gently, taking care not to knock out the air you've introduced.
Add the sugar to the raw bacon and press in. Cook in the preheated oven on a flat oven sheet for 20 minutes until crisp. Remove from the pan to a buttered plate, or it will stick.
Heat a frying pan to a medium/high heat. Melt a knob of butter and add a ladel full of pancake mixture.
They will cook quite quickly. As soon as you see bubbles in the batter they are ready to flip. They will cook quickly on the other side too and will need just a minute or so.
Keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest of the pancakes, adding each pancake to the oven as they cook.
To serve, stack the pancakes with bacon in between and on top. Drizzle the maple syrup on top to taste. And you're done.
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