Do you go all out for Valentine’s Day or try and avoid the commercial ordeal altogether? Does the idea of a table for two in a restaurant with a ‘special’ menu, fill you with horror or with future potential? I’ve always been a fan of the hearts and flowers but not in the one sided way it can be viewed, as a totally girls day. ‘Men aren’t that bothered’, one of the Glam Teens pointed out to me.
A romantic gesture is never wasted, and sometimes a reminder to make one isn’t a bad thing. But it doesn’t have to be a commercialised gesture. A simple homemade supper in front of a good movie, a note in a packed lunch or just remembering to text a message from time to time. It isn’t cheesy and can be fun.
Keep Valentines Day simple, try these lacey pancakes, inspired by Pinterest, a simple, inexpensive, special treat and if the intricate design is too complicated, try the simple shape. You can make the batter or buy an instant mix from the supermarket, all you have to do is add water and shake.
Makes 10 lacey pancakes
- 110g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- a pinch of salt
- 200 mls milk
- 75 mls water
- Caster sugar, lemon juice, maple syrup or Nutella
- Mix the milk and water together
- Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl
- Break the eggs into the bowl and whisk
- Slowly add the milk and water and continue to whisk until the mixture forms a smooth batter
- Put the batter into a bottle with a nozzle or piping bag
- Melt butter in a large frying pan and slowly make you pattern in the base with the batter. ( don’t worry if the first one isn’t perfect, just eat it with plenty of lemon and sugar – Cooks perks)
- Allow the pancake to brown on one side and turn using a palette knife and spatula
- Brown on the second side and remove to a warm plate
- Sprinkle with lemon and sugar or maple syrup or nutella
- If the Lacy pattern is too much try a simple filled in shape
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