Hot Cross Bun Pancakes

Wait… what?!

You heard right. Hot cross bun flavoured pancakes, combining my two favourite Spring traditions.

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A zesty combo of orange, sultanas and cinnamon all encased in my age old valentine, the pancake.

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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

240ml milk

2 eggs

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

(And I think this made 4-5 pancakes, easily served two of us for dinner)

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Mix all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sultanas/raisins) together in a mixing bowl until well combined

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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!

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In another bowl/measuring jug whisk your eggs, milk and butter together until combined.

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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.

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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..

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Busy yourselves whilst they’re cooking with a little silliness with the other ingredients…

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Always the attractive couple…

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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…!

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Once both sides are golden, transfer to a plate.

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Squeeze over some orange juice and sprinkle some sugar, add a few more raisins if the fancy takes you as well

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Get stuck in!

Happy Pancake Day everybody, hope you have a flipping great day!

(Sorry couldn’t resist ending on a dad joke)

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