Shrove Tuesday is coming up on the 28th. Yes the day we can stuff ourselves with lots and lots of pancakes although here we tend to have pancakes all year around really and I have managed to make myself a nice gluten free batter.
I use a basic pancake batter recipe and really just swap the regular plain flour for a gluten free one, Doves Farm is a good flour to use. In some recipes it advises to add xanthan gum which is a thickening agent and acts a substitute to gluten in most free from recipes but I don't feel the need to add it to this one. So here goes.....
4oz (113g) plain flour (Doves Farm gluten free)
pinch of salt
half a pint of milk
oil for frying
sugar, lemon juice to serve.
If making dairy free pancakes you could use a coconut milk or lactose free variety. You could also use an egg replacer for an egg free pancake.
If making the batter for the family or if I just fancy absolutely loads of pancakes I tend to just double up on the ingredients. It is better to make up the batter and store in the fridge for a while before frying and you can store any batter not used in the fridge to use later.
Sieve flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
Break the egg and beat well with a wooden spoon, whisk or electric hand mixer, gradually adding milk to make a smooth batter.
The batter can be made in a food processor - put the egg and liquid in first and then gradually add the dry ingredients and process for a few seconds.
as an alternative my youngest son always liked the Scotch Pancakes as well......
4oz (113g) self raising flour (Doves Farm gluten free)
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg (beaten)
quarter of a pint of milk
Mix flour and sugar in a bowl, make a well in the centre and stir in the egg. Add enough milk to make a batter which resembles the consistency of thick cream.
We tend to enjoy our pancakes in all sorts of different ways, sometimes traditionally with orange or lemon juice and sugar or......
Nutella chocolate spread
Bananas and honey
Fruit and ice cream
For my fellow Slimming World folks you are looking at 4.5 syns for a plain pancake and 4 syns for a scotch pancake. I fry mine using fry light spray oil which is free from syns. You could add a Muller Light yogurt (free) and some fresh fruit (free) so it is still possible to enjoy Shrove Tuesday if you save your syns up, maybe just have one pancake as a dessert.
I love pancakes and so glad I can still enjoy them on a gluten free diet. It's taken a bit of practice to get a good batter but this recipe seem to work for me. If you have any top tips or alternative recipes, please leave a comment below.
Which ever way you choose to eat them, enjoy!
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