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Happy Pancake Day!

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What better way to celebrate today than by making or having some pancakes! Below is a quick and easy recipe for Dutch-style pancakes. If DIY pancakes aren’t your thing, read on for my recommendation for the best place in Sheffield to go for pancakes.

Making the perfect stash of pancakes doesn’t have to be hard. Not only is self-made dough fresher, but also the list of ingredients is more transparent. Making pancakes was the first thing my mum taught me how to do in the kitchen and it is to this day the only recipe for which I can remember all the ingredients by heart. As my mum – and my grandma before her – passed on the recipe for these delicious Dutch-style pancakes to me, I”ll pass it onto you.

Recipe

Makes about 8-10 pancakes

What you need:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 80g sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 375ml milk
  • 125ml sparkling water

A pinch of salt

Butter for frying

  1. Mix the milk, water and eggs together until the mixture is smooth. Put the plain flour and sugar in a bowl together, and add the pinch of salt.
  2. Now gently fold in the liquid part of the dough under the flour-sugar mix until you end up with a creamy, smooth and very liquid dough. There should be no lumps of flour left.
  3. Put a little bit of butter in the frying pan and add a scoop of the dough as soon as the butter has melted.
  4. Fry the pancakes evenly on both sides with medium heat. As soon as the dough doesn’t run anymore and the pancake is slightly light brown in colour, it is done.

Toppings

As for toppings, my personal favourite since I was little are apples. Simply slice up an apple into small pieces and add it to the dough before putting it into the pan. You can add some cinnamon too, which makes the pancakes very Christmassy.

Another classic topping is Nutella with fruit. When the pancake is done on one side and you’re turning it for the last time, put some Nutella and fruit on top. Let the Nutella melt on low heat and enjoy!

If you like it a little more savoury, fry some pepperoni or bacon cubes in the pan before adding the pancake dough on top. This may sound weird but it is actually really nice! You could also put some shredded cheddar on top of a nearly finished pancake and let it melt. It will be very cheesy and very yummy!

In The Cabin!

Finally, this is my recommendation for my favourite pancake restaurant in Sheffield. If you don’t feel like making your own pancakes today, head to ‘The Cabin’ in the city centre. The pancakes are a fluffy dream and you can add whichever topping you’d like. A special recommendation is for strawberries and chocolate sauce as a topping, in case you’re overwhelmed by the amount of choice. But be careful, the pancakes are huge so a stash of three is definitely enough for you… Trust someone who tried six and failed miserably!

I wish you an amazing pancake day and hope you like my family recipe!

Words by Miriam Küpper, edited by Hope Elliott

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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