Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday Funfetti Fail

Do not let this sweet stack of pancakes topped with a flawless scoop of ice cream fool you. In our attempt to celebrate Fat Tuesday with Funfetti, we failed miserably. It's the effort that counts though, right? I have been wanting to try this recipe for awhile now but since Andi is the Funfetti Queen, I decided to wait until her visit to try these out. I learned from my English sister Sophie yesterday that it's a British tradition to eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday, and the sprinkles in the Funfetti reminded us of King Cake (which would have been a million times better than these), so naturally, we thought this was a winning idea. And paired with ice cream for dessert? We thought nothing could mess this up.

Wrong! Not only was the consistency not right for a nice pancake, but I am convinced that all of the sugary goodness in the mix just messed up the cooking process causing for very strange, blob-like, alien cakes. Maybe this recipe could have used more liquid? I am not really sure. But I am also not interested in trying again. Thanks to Andi for being the brave pancake flipper and laughing the entire time and another thanks to Mark for being wonderful and putting up with our sister shenanigans all week long!

Waffles and French Toast are the superior breakfast starches in my opinion. Now that I think of it, I have never been a pancake girl. Perhaps these little celebration cakes were doomed from the beginning. Some things are just meant to be enjoyed in their original form and should not be messed with. I'm adding Funfetti cake mix to that list. The recipe below is on loan from Sophie. This is the way pancakes should be enjoyed on Fat (Pancake) Tuesday!

Basic English Pancakes
recipe from Sophie Jones

1 3/4 cups All Purpose flour
1/2 tsp corse salt
2 cups whole milk (room temp)
3 eggs (room temp)
5 tblsp melted butter
Blend all together in your kitchen blender.
Have extra milk to adjust consistency. (I'm not using whole milk tonight)
I use pam spray for my pan, not butter or oil
Coat bottom of a hot skillet/pan with a thin layer of batter and let edges crsipen before flipping over. i always end up throwing the first two away b/c they don't work out.
Sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar to serve.
Happy Pancake Tuesday!!

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