World Pancakes day is February 2nd every year. I didn’t know this until three years ago. That’s when i took the picture below in commemoration.
Crepes are thin pancakes, the Americans like their pancake thick the Europeans prefer it thin. Crepes are popular in Nigeria but we just call them Pancakes.
- 1 1/2 All purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- Sugar (as much or as little as you like)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract (you can use vanilla essence or your favorite flavour)
- *1 tsp grated nutmeg (optional)
- (Addition of 1/8 tsp of baking soda will make it a pancake)
- 2 tbsp veg oil to fry.
- Mix all ingredients together except oil to a very smooth paste.
- Place a non stick on low heat, using a pastry brush, brush some oil on the pan or push about a drop of oil on the pan and let it spread across the pan.
- Scoop the paste into the pan and allow it spread to the edge of the pan.
- Allow the lower side to dry slighty then flip the sides and allow the other side to dry and the edges to crisp slightly.
As a Mum, my kids love pancakes and it was one of the first things I taught them to make themselves. Their pancake/crepe game is really tight now and it is the quickest breakfast or hunger blocking snack. Here is what I taught them to do.
They make large batches of pancake batter *without butter* per time, bottle them up and store in the fridge.
Note: We don’t add butter to the mix because it will harden up the batter when it cools in the fridge. And we don’t add butter at all thereafter. Butter is an optional element.
We store in capped bottles like this and store for as long as 3 weeks in the fridge. If you don’t have this kind of cover, you can perforate a normal cover to make a hole in it
With adult supervision, this was made by 8yr old son. See how easy it is to make round pancakes squeezing the batter out of the bottle
(Updated April 2020)
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