21 February 2012

Pancake Day 2012, Martin Place, CBD Sydney (21 Feb 2012)

Martin Place (in between Castlereagh and Pitt St), Sydney NSW 2000

A bit of flippin' breakfast fun

Thanks to Olivia Kelly from Porter Novelli for giving me the heads up about Pancake Day happenings in Martin Place between 7 am til 11 am. Arriving around 9.45 am I managed to see a few keen people still flipping pancakes around the place trying to beat the Guinness World Records for the most pancakes flipped in one minute — supposedly 117. I caught Brad Jolly from Alchemy Restaurant still flipping a few himself. There were some successful looking pancakes being cooked and perhaps some not so successful pancakes unless you prefer them a bit black and burnt. Usually not allowing enough time for breakfast I welcomed the free pancakes being given out. I chose banana, strawberry, jam and cream for my topping which helped fill me up for the day — I would have gone for seconds or thirds if I had the time. I rally love pancakes with a mixed berry compote and freshly whipped cream.

Pancake Recipe:
Makes 20 small pancakes
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes

4 eggs
1½ cups self-raising flour
1½ cups (375mL) skim milk
1 tbs low fat spread

1. Sift flour into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a large bowl.
2. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, whisking constantly until a smooth batter forms.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over low heat and melt a little low fat spread.
4. Add 2 tablespoons of mixture, spread quickly to form a circle. Cook until bubbly, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom; turn and brown the other side.
5. Serve these delicious pancakes with your favourite topping.

Some Flippin' Facts:
• The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01m wide, 2.5cm deep and weighed three tonnes.
• The second side of a pancake only takes half the amount of time to cook as the first.
• Pancakes have traditionally been eaten on Shrove Tuesday for more than 1,000 years!

PROS: Very simple recipe and can be topped with many different ingredients depending on what your taste prefers, Usually a crowd pleaser
CONS: Easily burnt if you're not careful, Not so good for gluten and dairy-free folks
MUST TRY: Getting someone else to cook them, they usually taste better I think

Brad Jolly and Nova crew flipping some pancakes

A not so successful pancake — whoops!

A bit of care and attention will pay off with a nice pancake

Free pancakes anyone — yes please!

Messy business = yummy results

Free pancake with jam, banana, strawberry and cream

Some cracking pancake facts

Free pancake station


gaby @ lateraleating said...

LOL about the burnt pancake. I guess we all have had that experience in our lives.

Em said...

I am going out for breakfast tomorrow morning and wherever I end up I REALLY hope they serve pancakes, as I am craving them now after seeing those pics!

Simon Leong said...

hi gaby, it's an easy thing to do as they cook so quickly.

hi em, i hope they have pancakes too. i always look for pancakes on the menu as i can't be bothered making them at home :-)

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