Can you make British style Pancakes in the Philippines?
The answer is yes, and it is one of the easiest British foods to find the ingredients for in the Philippines. What you can not get is Jiff Lemon, but some Japanese shops do sell squeezy lemon. Better still buy real lemon or use calamansi, which is a small green fruit that Filipinos put on many of their dishes, if you ask for lemon in the market they will probably give you calamansi. I use it myself on Pancakes and now prefer it to lemon.
If you are Filipino we are sure you will like British Pancakes far more than the American style pancakes you are used too. The British normally eat them with sugar sprinkled on top and a squirt of lemon juice, Calamansi juice instead of lemon juice also works well.
Many people might consider pancakes, or hotcakes as some call them an American food. However the British have eaten pancakes for nearly 2,000 years, so the British were eating pancakes at least one thousand years before America was discovered.
It is believed the Romans were the first people to eat pancakes and the Romans probably took the recipe to the UK
Unless you like the fluffy American style pancakes do not use the packets of pancake mix.
200g/7oz plain flour (Known as All Purpose Flour in the Philippines
2 large eggs to be lightly whisked (large eggs are hard to find so I add an extra half of egg)
350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk, or for a thinner, lighter pancake you can use half milk and half water. (Powdered Milk with a brand such as Bear Brand is OK if you have no milk)
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (Optional, personally I do not use oil in the mix)
- Put the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and eggs.
- Whisk the mixture for a minute before incorporating the flour.
- Continue to whisk until you have a smooth batter.
- Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and whisk thoroughly. (If you wish)
- Transfer some of the mix into a cup for easy pouring.
- Drizzle a dash of oil into your pan and swirl it round – or using some kitchen roll, carefully wipe the inside of the pan until it has a thin layer.
- Heat the pan over a medium setting for one minute.
- Add your batter to the pan and immediately start tilting the pan until you have an even layer.
- Cook the pancake for approximately 30-40 seconds and when it is ready use a palette knife to lift the pancake carefully.
- If the underside is golden-brown turn it over or toss it, if you’re feeling brave – just be careful when you’re doing this that you don’t burn yourself.
If you are good at tossing a pancake it makes a great party trick to amaze your Filipino friends or relatives. Or invite a few Brits round and entertain the locals with a Pancake Race.