hello! Odin and I cooked up a artsy, citrus-y snack this morning, lemon pancakes! i mean lemmm!mon pancakes. they were so fun to create, and they turned out tangy, light, and slightly crispy on the edges. perfect with a cup of tea. we’d like to share the recipe with you (:
ingredients (serves 2-3 as a snack)
160g Pillsbury One-Step Pancake Mix (we’re cheaters)
75ml low fat milk
3tsp fine sugar
2tsp lemon juice
pinch of lemon rind
yellow and green food colouring
skillet or frying pan
chopstick or skewer
1. prepare the pancake batter: measure and mix up all ingredients except the food colouring into a large bowl. the mixture is right if it is a bit runny- a slightly thicker consistency than of store-bought honey. if it is not thick enough, add more pancake mix. if it is too runny, add either more milk or more water.
2. once the batter is ready, divide it 3:2. colour 3 parts light yellow for the lemons, and 2 parts light green for leaves. pour the coloured batter into the corners of small, food-safe plastic bags (icing bags will probably be even better for this) as shown in the picture. the clips stop the batter from falling out and keeps everything neat. you know, with the colour-coordination and all.. (:
3. cut the tiniest hole in the corner of the plastic bag. then make sure you can make precise shapes with the batter in the plastic bags. test this by heating your skillet/pan slightly. draw a lemon shape (an elongated circle with thingies on each end). because you can’t touch the hot pan, it’s tricky and may take a few tries!
a) if the batter browns (or burns!) in 5 seconds or less, reduce the heat. you can roughly control the heat by taking the pan on and off the heat.
b) if the batter spreads out too much (the outline of the shape will be too thick to look anything like lemons), it is too watery and needs more pancake mix to thicken.
c) if the batter does not want to come out of the plastic bag (!), the reason could be that the cut you have made is too small, or that a lemon rind is blocking its way, or that it is shy and you need to coax it out by singing. two of these i have encountered.
4. when you get the hang of it, draw lemons on the pan. add dots for lemony skin (that’s where the chopstick comes in). when they have browned slightly, take the pan off the heat and cool it a little. use a fan if you must! then quickly fill in the lemon shape with more batter. put it back on the heat to cook. when bubbles form on the surface flip the lemons. if successful, the lemons should have a light brown outline with a smooth, light yellow center. perfect!
5. make simple leaf shapes with the green batter to go with the little lemons.
this is really trial and error. when i was making these, i had a few burned lemons and some whose outlines didn’t turn out well. all it takes is a little patience. and nobody who will make you laugh whilst you are drawing. i shouldn’t have allowed my sister to be in the kitchen while i was cooking! (;
teatime: Odin suggests that you enjoy your artsy lemon pancakes with plain green tea (: *slurps
if you try out these pancakes or are inspired by them, show us on Instagram using the hashtags #lemonypancakes and #AODT. we’d love to see your creations! follow us at @anoctopusdrinkstea .