This is a basic recipe for American-style Pancakes, and sweet and savoury flavourings are usually added to or poured over them. The pancakes are traditionally served stacked up, with a pat of butter between each one.
12 oz. flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
15 fl. oz. milk
1 oz. butter, melted
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the egg, milk and melted butter together using a wire whisk or rotary beater until the mixture is light and frothy. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture and beat until the batter is smooth.
Using a pastry brush, lightly grease a large heavy-based frying-pan or girdle with a little of the oil. Heat the pan or girdle over, moderate heat until it is hot. Depending on the size of your pan or girdle, drop 4 or 5 spoonfuls of the batter, well spaced, on to the pan or girdle.
Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute or until bubbles form and begin to break open on the surface and the outer edges have browned.
With a palette knife or spatula, turn the pancakes over and cook the other sides for 1 minute or until they are lightly browned. Transfer the pancakes to a warmed serving plate and keep warm. Cook the remaining pancakes in the same way, greasing the pan or girdle with a little of the vegetable oil each time. Serve hot.