19 February 2012

Scotch or Scottish Pancakes




With Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday coming up this week, my mind has been on pancakes. I also have a new copper pan, that I wanted to try out. I can report it kept it's heat well and the pancakes lifted easily from it.

The pancakes I make are Scottish Pancakes or Drop Scones (they were called this because of the dropping of the mixture onto the girdle). Sometimes they are known as Scotch pancakes. They are quite similar to American pancakes, they have the same rise, but they are smaller. However, lets not get into an argument about where they originated.


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Scottish pancakes were originally cooked on a hearth stone or girdle, which is also known as a griddle. If you have one, that is great, but they can be cooked in any frying pan. I personally prefer a heaver pan to cook in.

So if you are preparing for lent or even if you are not, do try these pancakes. They are so simple and quick to make and so very delicious, especially when drizzled with maple syrup and served with bananas.

 I remember having these as a child with maple syrup and ice cream, but I tell myself they are healthier with bananas. You notice I'm not willing to get into a discussion about the maple syrup. All I have to say is that it has to be good quality Canadian maple syrup.



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Scotch Pancakes
These are the traditional pancakes of Scotland. Originally cooked on a girdle or griddle as it is sometimes known. The are smaller than French & English pancakes and are thicker.
Ingredients
  • 120g self-raising four
  • 30g caster sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ pint milk
Instructions
1. Rub your frying pan with a little oil and heat on a medium heat until the pan is really hot.2. Sift your flour into a large bowl, then pour in the sugar and salt and gently mix together.3. Whisk your milk and egg together. Make a well in the middle of your flour and pour the egg mixture in. Whisk the flour into the egg until well combined.4. Try a teaspoon full of your batter in your frying pan, to test if it is hot enough. It should bubble up in less than a minute, then cook on the other side for just a few seconds. You should have a teeny golden pancake.5. Now cook off the rest of your batter. Each pancake is made from a tablespoon of batter. They will take about 3 minutes each. Turn them when they start to bubble. You can have a sneak peek underneath using a palette knife to check it they are ready to turn. I can cook 3 at a time in my frying pan. You have to make sure there is room between them.6. Serve the pancakes with your favourite toppings. I love maple syrup and bananas with mine.
Details
Total time: Yield: 12 pancakes




68 comments:

  1. No matter what we call them we can each celebrate pancake day in our own way!!! I am looking forward to Tuesday!

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    1. Me too Val, it is a great excuse to make pancakes again :)

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  2. Peanut butter, bananas and syrup is a great way to enjoy pancakes!

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    1. Never tried that Madge, but it does sound like a good plan :)

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  3. Lovely photos, especially the top one with the maple syrup drizzle - fantastic! and I love those sorts of pancakes - my mum always made them small - I usually do but have made a few bigger because one big one is easier to flip and amuse Sylvia :-)

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    1. I am afraid I don't flip this kind, even to amuse Cooper. I fear it might be really amusing, but not in a good way :D

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  4. I love these - especially with crispy bacon and maple syrup :)

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  6. (I don't think anyone puts bacon on top of the pancake, that's a side sort of thing. I think. You can't get five people to agree in fifty states on what to do with pancakes.) I will say, though, that we ate what you might consider to be Scotch Pancakes all the time, but they were called Silver Dollar Pancakes, and the trick was simply to pour the batter on the griddle to roughly the size of a silver dollar. It would spread, of course, but they were much smaller.

    I am pretty sure that every culture has its pancake, crepe, or frybread... so who cares where they come from.

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    1. Exactly Tanita, as long as they are enjoyed :)

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  7. Lovely fluffy pancakes. Mr CC has stated his intention to make pancakes tomorrow...I'll stand well back!

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    1. Well, you do have to give him some time in the kitchen :)

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  8. Loving that delicious sandwich which I'm going to have to try (seriously love all those ingredients), your lush pancakes and pics of your cute little boy :):)

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    1. Thanks Emma. I seem to be choosing all the right meals food to tempt you this week and it has all been so simple too :)

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  9. First time here and love it
    The photos are beautiful, the first shot is stunning and making me drool

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    1. Hi Priyanka, nice to meet you. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment :)

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  10. When I was a child growing up in Glasgow, my Mum used to make these pancakes for us every week on the day before payday. This used up the last of the jam and syrup in the cupboard and made for a tasty tea...ah, memories as made of such stuff! Your pancake stack looks delicious, can't wait for Tuesday!

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    1. Those are good memories Susan. It is nice when you eat something and it takes you right back in time :)

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  11. Great recipe, they look more than Hot cakes, the recipe is very similar For the Hot cakes
    6 eggs
    200g self-raising flour
    100ml cream
    2 tbsp honey
    75g butter

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    1. Oh lots of eggs, cream and honey too. These must be lovely and rich and a bit of a treat too.

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  12. Those photos are pure food porn Mrs :0)

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    1. That's the nicest thing anyone has said to me all day, hehe :D

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  13. I think pancakes must be the universal food! Everyone has their own version of a flour, egg, milk batter. I grew up on 'Scotch' pancakes, made by both grannys and my mum. They were probably the first thing that I made with my gran, I love the way the bubbles come up through and burst on the top so you know when to turn them. No maple syrup, golden syrup or even jam for me, I like them best, buttered and hot of the girdle - so bad for you but so good. Lovely photos.

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    1. Buttered is good too Janice. I quite like them with butter and jam. I love them toasted if they last beyond one day :)

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  14. That first photo just looks so delicious - I don't want to wait until tomorrow for pancakes! Still undecided whether to go for this type of the thin crepey ones, but you've definitely swung it in the Scots' favour!

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  15. I'm such a sucker for pancakes. All you have to do is show me a pile of fluffy pancakes with syrup drizzled over top and then I'm ready to abandon supper plans to make pancakes.

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  16. I love pancakes especially with bananas and maple syrup. The first photo is drool worthy - I've added it to my pinterest board :)

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  17. This is a delicious kind of pancake, and cute too.haha. Thanks for the recipe, eh.

    Cheers,
    Cathy@Foods that are not Good for Your Heart

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  18. of all the foods to deserve a day of recognition, i find pancakes to be one of the most worthy! GORGEOUS images!

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    1. It is a fun day Grace. I will be making more pancakes today.

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  19. I have made soooooooo many drop scones in the past year, as they are one of the few things my very fussy toddler will eat. They also cook really well on the hot plate of a George Foreman grill (not the ridged kind) or an old fashioned electric frying pan. The maple syrup makes them look so appealing - maybe I'll go and make some now!

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    1. For a moment there I thought you meant the ridged kind and I was thinking ohhh, that it interesting, but the thing would be would they lift off the plate?

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  20. Heaven! I am having pancakes for dinner tonight.

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  21. Noq that's what I call a stack of pancakes.

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    1. Graham ate that whole stack by himself, can you believe it?

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  22. Fabulous - JUST fabulous and such a wonderful set of photos too Jac!
    Karen

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  23. What about good quality Vermont maple syrup!? ;) Pancakes look great!

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  24. I bet that is just as good Jenn, but Lisa sent me some of her dad's maple syrup from Canada and it was the best I have ever tasted.

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  25. Bananas = one of your five a day. Maple Syrup, well just because you can!

    Happy Pancake Day!

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    1. You have summed that up very well Bronya :)

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  26. I em here for the first time , I like your photos and pancakes look so delicious.I have to try your recipe. Thanks for share!

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    1. Hi Teo, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your pancakes :)

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  27. You know ... those just look like American Pancakes, to me. I'm sure that they are, really. Tasty, and now I know that I can ask for "Scottish Pancakes" and be assured that (except for the maple syrup) I'll get the same thing. :)

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  28. Hi Jacqueline,
    This looks so yum! Perfect for breakfast.

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    1. They are perfect for breakfast Asmita, not with all that maple syrup of course, unless it is a treat :)

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  29. That looks absolutely divine!! Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosh

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  30. I love these - especially with crispy bacon and maple syrup :)

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  31. mine didnt look as good as the pics but loved making these pancakes as a late night craving for something sweet topped it with bananas and ice cream
    great store cupboard recipe when you havent got much in...
    scrummy!

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    1. Oh that is just perfect. I love pancakes with banana and ice cream, although I would be looking for a chocolate drizzle too :)

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  32. Food porn at its best :-)
    I just LOVE pancakes! Surprisingly easy to make too it seems..

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    1. They really are easy to make and such a treat!

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