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Friday, 24 August 2007

How Do You Stack Up?

How's this for cheap to keep? smile

For Scarecrow's recent birthday I asked what the old girl wanted for breakfast.

She said a stack of pancakes with whipped cream and my special non-maple maple syrup


Some self raising flour
Some milk
1 Tablespoon butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
Good frying pan (I use a solid cast iron one)

Non-maple maple syrup
Whipped cream

Strawberries optional
Sugar optional in flour mix

The reason there is no amount for the flour/milk is because the amount of flour/milk is determined by how thick you wish to make your pancakes.

Step 1
Bung it all in a bowl and mix with a mixer until it is of the desired consistency. Runny makes nice thin, roll up crepes (fill with strawberries and whipped cream and arrange on a plate), a thicker mix makes nice fluffy stacks like in the fa$t food restaurants but tastier cool

Step 2
Heat the fry pan and add a knob of butter. When hot (the pan, not you confused) pour/spoon in a small amount.

When the mix stops bubbling, turn over and cook until golden.

Place on a pre-warmed plate.

Continue this process until you have the right amount (whatever that is).

Step 3

Cover the stack with syrup and top with whipped cream and eat or at least try and pinch one before serving to your loved one (hi Scarecrow)


Non-maple maple syrup


1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp butter
½ tsp vanilla

Step 1
Combine the brown sugar and water and bring to boil.

Step 2

Caramelise the white sugar by heating it in a frying pan until the sugar melts and turns brown.

Be warned…
you need to constantly stir this during the process and watch for the change because it happens all of a sudden and can catch you unaware.

This is the voice of experience talking

Step 3

Add the brown sugar mix from step 1 (carefully, it splashes and spits evil) and simmer until smooth and thick.

Step 4

Pour into a glass container containing the butter and vanilla.

It yields about one cup.

Use with pancakes, waffles, biscuits etc as a substitute for maple syrup.

No maples were harmed in the making of this mock maple syrup.


By the way, if you do step 3 too long, you can add nuts, pour the mix onto a tray to make toffee redface

Some people do this on purpose rolleyes

Regards, Doc

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