Growing up in New Zealand I discovered the joys of Pikelets - small, thick pancakes we used to eat with butter and honey for afternoon tea. Later I discovered Hotcakes, which are served up for breakfast in the US with butter and maple syrup. Much later still, when I started making my own Hotcakes and Pikelets, I discovered they were basically the same thing. I also discovered the Scottish have their own version in Scotch Pancakes.
1 cup plain white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Shift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
1/2 - 4 tablespoons white sugar (more for Pikelets and less for Hotcakes)
- Add to dry ingredients.
1 large egg or 2 smaller eggs
- Lightly beat in another bowl.
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 - 1 cup milk (vary amount to change consistency, but remember this is meant to be a "thick" mixture)
[Optional] 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
[Optional] 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Add to beaten egg
- Add liquids to dry ingredients all at once.
- Whisk, stir or beat until smooth.
- Stand for at least 30 min in the fridge or preferably overnight.
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- Shift over batter.
- Mix in thoroughly.
- (If you're not going to let the mixture stand then shift the baking powder in with the flour.)
[Optional] Raisins or blue berries
Extra oil or melted butter for cooking:
- Cook Hotcakes on a large griddle or frying pan. Heat until dropped water bounces, sputters, and disappears.
- I normally use 1/4 Cup of mixture per Hotcake. Use 1/2 Cup for larger ones and 1 tablespoon for tiny ones. Pour the batter from just above the pan.
- Cook for 2-3 min on the first side. Turn over when bubbles appear but before they break (or when they just start to burst).
- Cook the second side for 1 min - it won't brown as well as the first side.
- Keep Hotcakes warm by placing inside a folded tea towel or paper towel.
- Repeat with remaining batter, lightly greasing between batches if necessary.
How big is your Hotcake, Pikelet or Scotch Pancake?
Size does matter - although the mixture is the same different nationalities prefer different sizes of pancake.
|Variety||Quantity Mixture||Diameter||Serving per Person|
|"Silver Dollar" pancake, Pikelet, Scotch Pancake||1 Tablespoon||7 cm (3 inches)||5 or 10|
|Hotcakes||1/4 Cup||14 cm (5 inch)||3 to 4|
|Pancake||1/2 Cup||25 cm (10 inches)||1 or 2|