Love your pancakes?
Then what better day to indulge in some than pancake day? But actually, who needs an excuse to have pancakes. We certainly don’t and love our American pancakes, Dutch pancakes, French crepes, savoury ones, sweet ones… you name them, we love ’em! Apart from the taste, the biggest reason is that they’re so versatile – a bit of flour, eggs and milk can be turned in to a beautiful breakfast in minutes.
Our current favourite are these cast iron pancakes. Actually it’s just one giant pancake which is officially known as a ‘Dutch baby pancake’ but there is nothing baby about it! My hubby Richard insists it’s a sweet Yorkshire pudding (he is British after all) but to me it’s simply a giant oven baked pancake. And topped with some fresh fruit and a dollop of thick greek yogurt, it makes a seriously indulgent breakfast that is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or anytime you need a bit of indulgence.
Cast iron pancakes recipe
90 grams plain flour
150 mls milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tbs sugar
20 gms butter
Icing sugar for dusting
For the topping:
couple of handfuls of chopped strawberries
150gms greek yogurt
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs maple syrup
Pre-heat oven to 200°c fan assisted. Place the butter in a cast iron pan – I used a 10″ pan. Put the pan in to the oven until the butter is melted and starts to froth a bit.
Meanwhile, put the flour, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Whisk everything together until you have a smooth batter. Add in the sugar and whisk to combine everything well.
Take the hot pan with melted butter out of the oven and pour in the batter. Put back in the oven and cook for 17-18 minutes until the pancake is a deep golden brown and the crusts have risen. It’s worth keeping an eye on it after 15 minutes as you don’t want it to go too dark.
Meanwhile mix the greek yogurt with the vanilla extract and maple syrup.
Once the pancake is cooked, remove from the oven, top with the chopped strawberries, dollop some vanilla/maple greek yogurt on, cut in to wedges and eat.
If you love your pancakes, you need to try these cast iron pancakes. What you end up with is a giant pancake bowl that you can fill with anything you like. Not only is it super delicious but as these are oven cooked pancakes, you don’t have to slave over a stove making one after the other. One of these will comfortably feed four greedy people like me and my family!