The Bake Off: Lacy Pancakes

When I first saw the technical challenge for batter week, I almost, like the rest of the internet, was shocked - it seemed far too simple for week number 4! Now that I've attempted these myself, though, I've realised that it's bloody difficult to get them a) looking pretty b) looking uniform and c) effortless whilst using a squeezy bottle - it's harder than it looks!


Ingredients

175g sifted plain flour
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
300ml milk
1-2 tbsp caster sugar (as mentioned by Paul on GBBO)
Melted butter to fry pancakes in

Method




1. Sieve the flour into a bowl and create a well. Whisk together the egg, egg yolk and a little milk, then pour into the flour and mix.
2. Continue mixing whilst adding half of the remaining milk. Little by little add the rest of the milk, making sure to continue stirring in order to get smooth batter. I still got lumps though - cry!

3. Cover your mixture and leave to stand for about 15 minutes, then pour into your squeezy bottle and practice using it on greaseproof paper. Definitely do practice - I found that my bottle was very temperamental... In fact I ended up adding more flour to my mixture to thicken it up, then cutting a bit off the top of the nozzle as it kept getting blocked - hence my disastrous first pancake!



4. Over a medium-high heat create your pattern in the frying pan and cook for 45-60 seconds then flip using a fish slice - you can be a tosser if you want though! Eat straight away or stack them up then reheat. We enjoyed these as our Sunday brunch, and whilst a little fiddly, they did do the trick!
Verdict? I'd rather just make round pancakes to be honest - your toppings don't fall off/out and it's far easier/less frustrating! They looked pretty, I'll give it that, and my favourite was definitely the heart with the miss match lace like pattern in, although I doubt I would have got anywhere near the top for my attempt! 

Patience factor 4/10 (I'd rather just make circular pancakes!)
Taste 9/10 (they tasted like pancakes, which is never a bad thing!)
Easiness 7/10 (it wasn't too bad other than the fact they had to be lacy!)

Have you made these yourself - let me know! Have a great rest of the week...
Becky xx
*As always recipe taken from here!*

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