By: Katy Boys
Meal Type: Breakfast, Dessert
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Servings: Approx. 20 small pancakes
Scotch pancakes or drop scones are a nostalgic treat. They are so quick and easy to make - no need for a griddle or frying pan as you can cook them directly on the simmering plate.
These are flavoured with lemon and sultanas but they are delicious plain too, adorned simply with a slathering of salted butter. Chocolate chips, blueberries or apple and cinnamon are good variations too. Makes approx. 20 small pancakes.
- Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and lemon zest and mix gently. Make a well in the centre
- Add the egg and, using a whisk, draw in the flour to create a thick paste. Add the milk a little at a time, whisking as you go, until you have a smooth batter. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes if you have time.
- Lightly grease the simmering plate using kitchen paper dipped in a little flavourless oil. Pour or spoon a generous tablespoon of batter onto the simmering plate – it will spread to form a circle. Sprinkle over a few sultanas. When bubbles start to appear on the surface, slide a palate knife underneath and flip over to cook the other side. When the pancake is golden brown – remove and keep warm. Continue with the remaining batter – you can fit approximately six pancakes on the simmering plate at a time. By the time you’ve poured the sixth pancake, the first will likely be ready to flip!
- Serve pancakes warm, spread with a little salted butter.
Tips for use with Aga range cookers...
- If your simmering plate is very hot, open the lid for a while before starting to cook. If you have an 'eCook' cooker installed or converted by Blake & Bull the use setting 4 on either hot plate!
- For 'mess free' pancakes use a non-stick simmering spot cover on the hob rather than cooking directly on it!
- Keep a plate warm on top of the boiling plate lid (sitting on a hob cover or tea towel to avoid scratches) – when pancakes are cooked, move them to this plate to keep warm whilst you make the rest.
- If you need to make the pancakes in advance, you can warm them up on the simmering plate too. Use a silicone baking sheet, place the pancakes on top and close the lid for a minute. Almost as good as freshly cooked!