You heard right. Hot cross bun flavoured pancakes, combining my two favourite Spring traditions.
A zesty combo of orange, sultanas and cinnamon all encased in my age old valentine, the pancake.
All you’ll need is:
125g plain flour
1 tablespoon sugar (plus extra for later)
1 and a half teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon orange zest (keep the orange for later!)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sultanas or raisins
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
(And I think this made 4-5 pancakes, easily served two of us for dinner)
Mix all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sultanas/raisins) together in a mixing bowl until well combined
Add your orange zest.
Ideally you’d use a proper zester for this but I found the finest grater on a standard cheese grater worked fine!
In another bowl/measuring jug whisk your eggs, milk and butter together until combined.
Pour your dairy concoction (technical term) a little bit at a time into the dry mix, stirring all the while until it combines to form a thickish batter.
Heat some oil in a smallish frying pan – these pancakes turn out fairly thick so you don’t want them huge, and they aren’t very well behaved so are fairly impossible to control in a bigger pan… we went for a medium sized pan which worked out alright, if not a little on the generous side.
Anyway, pour your mixture into the heated pan (now on a lowish heat), you’ll want it 1-2cm thick. Leave to cook for about 5 minutes..
Busy yourselves whilst they’re cooking with a little silliness with the other ingredients…
Always the attractive couple…
Moooving on! Slide a fish slice under the pancake and check the colour, it should be a nice golden brown as pictured above. If so, flip it over! (Would definitely recommend flipping it with the fish slice and not in the air – the top of the mix should still be uncooked and runny…)
Try to lift the whole thing up again after about 5 seconds and add a bit more oil to try to prevent it sticking!
This side should cook quicker, about 3 minutes should do it.
Try not to get impatient and start eating it out the pan as my cheeky helper did…!
Once both sides are golden, transfer to a plate.
Squeeze over some orange juice and sprinkle some sugar, add a few more raisins if the fancy takes you as well
Get stuck in!
Happy Pancake Day everybody, hope you have a flipping great day!
(Sorry couldn’t resist ending on a dad joke)