Trust me to leave it until the last minute to do a Valentine's themed post! I've been meaning to all week, then I suddenly remembered earlier today. Oops.
This DIY is perfect for anyone else who also forgot it's Valentine's Day tomorrow, because they can be whizzed up quickly and pretty much everyone has pancake ingredients in their house.
You will need
For the pancakes:
- 4oz plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- Enough milk to make a thick, but pourable batter
- Food colouring
- Oil for frying
- Sprinkles for decorating (optional)
For the making:
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk/electric mixer
- Frying pan
- Squeezy bottles/piping bag
Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and crack the eggs into the middle. Add a glug of milk and whisk until smooth. If the mixture is über thick, slowly add more milk until the batter is a pourable consistency, but thick enough that it will hold its shape and not spread in the pan.
Pour half the batter into one squeezy bottle. Add a few drops of food colouring to the remaining mixture, mix until fully blended, then pour it into the second bottle.
Heat a little oil in the frying pan, over a medium heat. Once the pan is hot, take whichever colour batter you want your pancake outline to be. Slowly and steadily, squeeze out the mixture and guide it into the shape you want, ideally a heart. Make sure you join the ends up. It may take a couple of tries to get it looking smooth, but don't worry, just take it slow! Besides, a few wobbles are cute.
Next, take the second colour batter and fill in the middle of the pancake as quickly as possible, so it cooks evenly.
Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, until little bubbles start to form on the surface. Lift an edge with the spatula and if cooked, flip that bad boy over!
Don't allow the pancakes to brown too much, otherwise your pretty colours will be lost. You just want a gentle, golden shade.
Once you've mastered the basic heart, you can go nuts and try out other shapes/designs too. I made a slightly wonky double heart.
And if you're feeling super fancy (which let's face it, we always are), why not try some writing! Just be very careful when it comes to flipping it. Better still, don't flip it at all and just wait for it to cook through - this won't take long at all.
Not gonna lie, I'm pretty psyched about how the 'love' turned out!
Keep the pancakes warm on a baking tray in a very low oven, until you've used up all the batter.
Finally, pop them on a plate, add syrup/sprinkles/topping of your choice and serve them up to your honey! Or, you know, scoff them yourself. Whatever. We don't judge here.
Happy Valentine's Day, my darlings!
Lots of love to you all.
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