Pancake Sunday

Having missed an opportunity through the week, Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day), to indulge in one of my favourite dishes I felt it only fair and also necessary that I go against tradition and whip up a batch of pancakes on Sunday… so I’m 5 days late, who’s counting!

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Pancakes taste better on Sundays!

After flicking through a number of my favourite picture books, aah I mean cookbooks, without much luck, I opted to go with the basics. In other words I couldn’t find a recipe I already had the ingredients for in the pantry.

So here is my very basic pancake batter. It only has three ingredients (I told you it was basic) making it really versatile.

What you need (ingredients):

  • 1 cup self-raisning flour (a mix of wholemeal and white flour if you want to include a little fibre)
  • 1 cup (250ml) of skim milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
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1 2 3… eggs. flour. milk.

How to get from ingredients to pancakes (method):

Add the flour, egg and half the milk to a large bowl and whisk together. Continue to add the rest of the milk gradually as you whisk. If you like your pancakes thick add a little more flour and if you like them thin or crepe like add a little more milk. Once you have a smooth batter you’re ready to go. Pour the batter into a flat pan over a medium heat, you can make your pancakes as big or little as you like by the amount of batter you add in one go.

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tsssss…
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Pancake production line.

The beauty about this recipe is you can add other ingredients into the batter. I usually add chunks of fresh bananas or berries, for sweetness and texture.

While I haven’t added any table sugar to the batter you can. I have a sweet tooth so I like to add the sweetness at the table with plain or flavoured yoghurt, fruit, maple syrup (to be honest I just can’t have pancakes without this delicious golden brown syrup), lemon juice and brown sugar, sprinkling of icing sugar and thinly sliced strawberries with crushed almonds on top, a little Nutella with raspberries… and I could go on.

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Ready to go with a side of passionfruit yoghurt and maple syrup.
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mmmmm…

What’s more you can also go savoury with this batter by including corn (fresh or canned) or by topping your pancakes with avocado and lemon juice, scrambled egg or smoked salmon and cream cheese.

I always have left over batter so I cook up pikelets for afternoon tea with jam or save them to take to work as snacks. They’re also great for lunchboxes with a little jam or honey.

Yummo!

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Pikelets with blackberry jam for afternoon tea.
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Leftovers make for yummy lunchboxes.
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With a dollop of blackberry jam between layers.
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Rose Bakery – Ginza, Tokyo

Flying goes hand-in-hand with the necessity for stocking up on the latest fashion and fitness journals… ok womens mags (including a little trash, who doesn’t just love looking at the pictures sometimes!). Due to the inflight entertainment, which I have to say is a complete overstatement, the term ‘inflight entertainment’ definitely conjures up thoughts of live music, stand up comedy or dancing girls in my mind. Anyway seeing as I spent most of my recent flight from Sydney to Tokyo either glued to the 6 inch movie screen or trying to sleep whilst I blocked out the noise from the man stilling next to me sucking the remnants of dinner from his teeth I didn’t get around to flicking through my stash of magazines. However as I browsed through the most recent issue of ‘Shop Til You Drop’ one night in our small Ginza hotel room (actually small is an understatement it was more the size of the shoebox bedroom you rent when backpacking through the UK, definitely not possible to swing a cat in, nor a mouse for that matter!), I was excited to see an article on ‘Tokyo’s Ginza District’. Excited for a few reasons, obviously one as I was keen for a little guidance on what to see, where to eat and the best places to shop but also thrilled as I could now defend myself when the Happy Runner accuses me of not pulling my weight in terms of helping to research and plan our trip. And whats more a great excuse for spending the $16.90 on magazines at Sydney airport, by the way how good are those 3 mags for $10 deals at the airport!

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So anyway the article talked up a few shopping must dos and a bakery called Rose Bakery. To be honest the initial reason the bakery took my interest was because it was situated amongst a few of the shops I was eager to check out and sounded like the perfect place to park a husband when you need a little retail therapy or in my case “a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese fashion….err I mean culture Honey”!

So after a morning spent exploring the Tsukiji Fish Markets in Tokyo (which I’ll cover in another post) we headed back to Ginza where I suggested we check out the Rose Bakery to refuel and plan the rest of the day. I knew the Happy Runner would eagerly agree. Set on the 6th floor of the Dover Street Market in Ginza, the Rose Bakery is a quaint, yet modern cafe/bakery. It’s not over the top fancy and is roomy so you can relax and enjoy the experience rather than being squeezed in like at a popular cafe at Bondi Beach. The menu is simple and includes salads, small burgers (with homemade patties), lunchbox combos (including a few types of salads and fresh frittata or quiche), and of course delicious cakes, slices, puddings and other baked yumminess! The menu also tells you they use organic vegetables when possible, I’m not one to search out organic produce (I don’t believe there is enough science to support it) but a bonus if you prefer it.

I’ve included a few pics that I took as I think pictures tell the story the best.

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Work behind the scenes at Rose Bakery
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Sooo much to choose from!
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Colourful salads
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Scrumptious carrot cake and cranberry cup cakes
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The Happy Runner… a big fan of Rose Bakery
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Handmade Rose Bakery jams
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Hot ginger cookies
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I had to have the pancakes!
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Walnut & amaretto cake, cinnamon swirl cake and pistachio cake

For those who want to check out the Rose Bakery next time you’re in Ginza the best way to find it is to go through the UNIQLO clothing store which from memory was roughly opposite the gorgeous Prada store on Ginza Street. Walk through the UNIQLO stores’ ground floor to the other side where you can exit and directly opposite is the Dover Street Market. You can take the elevator straight up to level 6 however I recommend taking the escalators up and checking out the minimalistic design of the Dover Street Market shop floors and the odd yet modern art works through out.