Lace Heart-Shaped Pancakes

Ho-ho-ho.  Do you also feel it? Christmas is in the air. I finally felt in the Christmas mood today with the first snow finally arriving in Prague. With my roommate Mary, we declared this day as a “we do nothing serious...

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Ho-ho-ho.  Do you also feel it? Christmas is in the air. I finally felt in the Christmas mood today with the first snow finally arriving in Prague. With my roommate Mary, we declared this day as a “we do nothing serious day“. You know that feeling when Christmas is coming and you feel that you finally deserve to have a rest and not think about anything, not even deadlines. You just press the “turn off“ button on your mind and enjoy the day and thoughts of the upcoming Christmas season.

First step in creating Christmas atmosphere at home is having the right smell – cinnamon, vanilla, anise, cardamom and cocoa create the right atmosphere. While thinking about a dish with the right seasonal smell yet easy enough not to break our “doing nothing day“ we decided to make some pancakes. Not just any pancakes, but those lace heart-shaped pancake images that I once saw on the Internet. So, instead of making ordinary round ones we took a bottle with a tiny hole on the top and spent some time making some fine pancake art. Not easy in the beginning, but add a little effort and voilà you are a real pancake designer. But let´s face it, although such pancakes are a beautiful decoration they would not be appealing to a hungry man. After satisfying our art souls we rushed to the city to do some Christmas shopping.

The atmosphere was amazing... there were tiny snowflakes falling down from sky and stepping out of the subway we found ourselves at the Main square full of people wondering around different wooden stands decorated by mistletoe. Not wanting to stand out of the crowd we took some mulled wine and headed straight to Mark´s & Spencer´s as that is a synonym of Christmas. I wanted to buy some nice pajamas for my mum. Since moving out one of the presents for my mum every Christmas is pajamas as a “revenge“ for all the pajamas and socks I found under the Christmas tree when I was a kid.

At the end of the day we had to make some title changes and renamed it “free smiles day“ as we were really smiling all day long and not doing anything at all.

Martina with love

Lace Heart-Shaped Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Teaspoon of muscovado sugar
  • Butter for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl to reach a homogene batter. Let rest for at least half an hour.
  2. Preheat a non-stick pan to a maximum heat and brush with butter.
  3. Put the batter into a bottle and start making shapes. Your pan must me preheated to maximum so that the batter fries immediately and does not lose its form.

    Pancakes
    Pancakes

  4. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then turn on the other side and continue for one additional minute.
  5. Put aside and let cool. Now you can for example decorate your festive table with these “design pancakes“.

    Pancakes
    Pancakes

Tips & tricks

Muscovado sugar adds golden color but it should be added just in small volumes as it caramelizes and makes pancakes harder.

You can also add some cinnamon or cocoa to the batter so that you end up with two colors of batter giving you more creativity. I really do recommend this for kids as it keeps them busy, focused as well as entertained.

To make batter more fluffy you can add ½ teaspoon of baking powder or some carbonated liquid like cider, beer or ginger ale.

What you may not know about pancakes...

  • The first dry instant mixture for pancake batter appeared in 1889!
  • Ever heard about a pancake race?  The one when competitors run, tossing pancakes constantly. It is said that the first idea came about when a really busy housewife was making some pancakes and after hearing church bells she ran to the church carrying her pan.
  • In France pancakes are thin and are called crêpes. They are served either with sweet (marmelade, nuts, chocolate) or savory filling (cream and salmon, spinach). In Britan there is a special sort made of buckwheat flour called gallette. When I was in Nice the local specialty was called “Socca“, a savory crêpe made of chick-pea flour. French and Italians are always arguing about its origin.
  • Crêpe Suzette – a well known pancake made with caramelized sugar, butter, orange juice and the most important ingredient, liquor Grand Marnier or some other alcohol as the crêpe is “flambée“ and makes a great impression especially in front of guests.
  • What about Mille crêpes? A French “cake“ made of many layers of crêpes that can be spread with almost any filling.