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Pancakes (thin crepe style)

Written by Jeanette Smith 25th May 2020

This recipe is so cheap and easy to make. It takes no time at all to make, and I often wonder why people purchase pancakes in the supermarket. Although I do understand many people purchase them for convenience and others because they think they can’t make them themselves.

Whatever your reason for buying them, once you’ve tried this recipe, and you can see how easy it is, how much money you will save and how much better for your health they are, you’ll not look back.

Let me first tell you what goes into your shop bought pancakes. I took the ingredients from the Tesco website for their Galberts pancakes. I think you’ll be surprised what you’re actually eating..maybe you wont. Maybe you don’t care. But here it is…

  • skimmed milk, wheat flour, egg, buckwheat flour, vegetable oil (rapeseed), sugar, Butter Oil (milk), vinegar, Rye flour, salt, Flavourings, preservatives (E202)

That’s 12 ingredients. This will cost you €3.50 for 6 pancakes, unless you get lucky to get an offer!

There only needs to be 4 ingredients in your pancakes. You do not need preservatives or flavourings, or 3 different types of flour. There is no need for oil or vinegar!

Actual pancake ingredients. This should make approx 12 pancakes

  • 8 tablespoons plain flour
  • 5 or 6 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 pint approx of skimmed milk (you can use full fat, semi-skimmed or even half milk/half water if you’re skint. We’ve done it many times)

Just to put things into perspective on cost value. In stores such as lidl or aldi or your equivalent value store, one 2lb bag of flour costs 0.99c; Dozen eggs €1.99; 1 ltr skimmed milk 0.75c; Salt 0.59c.

This means you have a dozen homemade pancakes for €4.32. That’s 0.82c more than the 6 pack of shop bought ones with enough ingredients left to make another 12 pancakes on another day. You will also have the bones of a full bag of flour, a whole container of salt and half a carton of milk left to do what you want with!

So, let’s cook!

Mix the flour and salt in a bowl

Add the eggs and a little milk

Whisk until smooth adding more milk if required.

Once it is a smooth batter, add the rest of the milk until you have a thick enough but runny mixture.

It should make 2 pints of mixture, so if you’re not sure how much you have, pour it into a measuring jug before you add extra milk, then add enough milk to bring it up to the 2pt mark.

In a large frying pan or on a crepe plate, melt a little butter to ensure the mix does not stick

Make sure the fat is hot before adding a ladle full of batter.

Cook for a few minutes until the underside is browned, then flip over and cook the other side.

These are genuinely one of the easiest things you will ever cook and they are so versatile.

Serve with your choice of topping, whether sweet or savoury.

Some serving suggestions:

  • Topped with chocolate and banana/strawberries
  • Topped with black cherry fruit pie filling and ice cream
  • Traditional lemon and sugar
  • How about with cheese and bacon, wrapped up like a tortilla wrap
  • Spread with your favourite jam or conserve.
  • Corn beef hash

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