The Great British Bake Off: Ep 4, Lace Pancakes!!

So it was batter week and it was a very first in all of the Bake Off series. This was very exciting and something different to look forward too.

This weeks technical challenge was Lace Pancakes. At first I thought that doesn’t look to hard but when you try it yourself it is defiantly not as easy as it looks.

Before I actually get into making these pancakes, I do want to say that this will be a very short blog post, one of the shortest I have ever done and that’s not because I want to, it’s because there isn’t much for me to tell you about making these pancakes, once you made the batter, the designs all on you.

Below is the recipe I used, very quick and simple recipe. This recipe was from BBC Good Food, one of my go to place, if you didn’t no. But like I said easy recipe that would make anyone want to give this lace pancakes a try.

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So there is one thing about this recipe that I did struggle with. The thickness. At first it was fine, I added the milk bit by bit but when I added all the milk the batter became very runny. So I covered it, left it for 15s mins and for some reason hoped it would thicken up.

It didn’t!!

I had no idea how to thicken it up or even if I could, so I did the thing everyone does when they need answers. I Googled it!

Of course, like usual google worked and it said to add a tablespoon of flour at a time to thicken the batter to the consistency you like.

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Now that you have the batter the way you like it it’s time to heat up the pan and place the batter into you squeezy bottle.

Umm, so I didn’t have a squeezy bottle. I thought I could just use a ziplock bag and cut off the corner. Don’t do this, seriously it creates a big mess, one that you don’t want to clean up.

I looked all around my kitchen for something I could use and finally I had a syrup bottle that would make it easy to pour the batter. It worked great. I still caused a mess everywhere but it wasn’t as bad as my ziplock bag.

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Now the fun and even more mess begins.

Small tip: It is easier if you do a drawing of what you want before hand, that way as you are making the pancakes you have something to follow. You don’t have to be an artist (just look at my drawing) you just need a guide to go by.

Now, these pancakes are tricky to do. You feel like you are going well, nice and tidy, until you decide to change course and add the detail. Moving the bottle around can make bits of batter to drip in places you don’t want. But, don’t worry it happens and even if they look remotely like you want to that’s all that matters.

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I was actually happy with how my pancakes turned out. I thought they looked really good. I even had some fun and drew a cupcake and wrote ‘Amy Bakes’.

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So, yea that’s it. There really isn’t much more to say about these pancakes. You make the batter, draw and cook the pancakes, make a mess and that’s it.

Now they do look nice, but when I finished and used all of my batter, all I thought was “that was it?” It doesn’t seem like much and it made me think what is the actual purpose of lace pancakes?

If you can answer that, I would love to no!! because I have no clue.

But, anyway they were fun to make and if you didn’t want to make lace pancakes, you can go crazy and draw what you want. If you do I would love to see them. You can email me at amybakes.94@outlook.com or tweet me @amybakes94

Happy Baking

Amy Bakes

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