400g self-raising flour
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
110g unsalted butter
2 large eggs
For the plums:
2 tbsps caster sugar
Glug of water
Butter for cooking
Icing sugar for dusting
Live yogurt to serve
Take 2 mixing bowls. To the 1st bowl add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and caster sugar and mix.
To the 2nd bowl add the buttermilk, milk, eggs and vanilla. Warm the butter so that it is just melted but not hot and add to the bowl along with a quick stir.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir though until all seems combined. If there are a few lumps, leave it for 5 minutes and then stir again a few times. This will allow the lumps to absorb moisture and soften. You do not want to over beat the mixture.
For best results let the mixture rest for a couple of hours, or better yet overnight.
To make the plum compote, chop the plums into small segments, removing the stones. Place a pan onto a medium heat and add the plums along with 2 tbsps of caster sugar and a good splash of water. Heat gently, whilst stirring often, for roughly 10 minutes, adding small splashes of water if it reduces too much.
For the pancakes, place a large frying pan to a high heat for a couple of minutes and then reduce to a medium heat. You want the pan warmed through properly.
In a large frying pan I generally cook 3 at a time, with the pancakes roughly 9cm in diameter. Spoon the mixture into the pan with a good amount of butter melted across the surface. Turn when the bottom is starting to brown and small bubbles have formed across the top surface. Remove when both sides have an equal colour.
Serve by spooning over a little yogurt followed by the plum compote with a little dusting of icing sugar and eat immediately while still hot.
I usually cook half the mixture, eat them and then cook the rest so they are fresh out of the pan and still piping hot. These are not like more traditional pancakes or crêpes that are very thin, they raise when cooked are light and fluffy.
Not as flat as a pancake...
I remember when I was a lot younger; I used to love pancake day, purely for the fact that I enjoyed the pancakes so much but had to face the facts that pancake day was just one day a year. Realising that you can have them at other times of the year also is just another benefit of adulthood I guess!?