Saturday mornings are heaven when you stack them up with fluffy buttermilk pancakes, but with only two people it can sometimes be a struggle to make up a batch of batter just the right amount.
Here is a recipe for perfect pancakes for two people. It makes two each – just enough to fill you up, but not enough to send you into a sleepy food trance. Unless you partied to hard last night of course….
100g plain flour
1 heaping teaspoon double action baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Pinch of salt
100ml whole milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a spouted bowl, for easy pouring. Squeeze the lemon into the milk and stir.
Crack the egg into a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in half the milk. Whisk until it comes together to form a paste, then pour in the rest of the milk only until you have a loose batter. It should be runny but not liquid – think about the thickness of room temperature honey. Don’t be tempted to beat out all the lumps, these will help make the pancakes light and fluffy.
Leave to rest for 30 minutes to allow the starch to swell, which makes for smooth pancakes. Place a little oil in the bottom of a hot medium sized non-stick pan and pour a pancake roughly 6inches / 15cms wide. Cook until bubbles form through the bottom and start to pop, then flip until it steams and fluffs.
Serve on warm plates with whipped butter and hot syrup.