Giant pancake stack with jam and clotted cream
- February 2017
- Serves 8
- Hands-on time 15 min, plus 25 min frying the pancakes
The classic American pancake stack is given a British twist here, with this giant pancake stack topped with jam and clotted cream. Invite your friends over for Pancake Day and dig in.
Think that thick buttermilk pancakes will always have the edge? Look no further than Rachel Allen’s American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.
- 17.7g (9.8g saturated)
- 45.9g (15g sugars)
- 300g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 4 large free-range eggs, separated
- 568ml ( 2 cartons) buttermilk
- Butter for frying
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 4 tbsp of your choice of jam
- 120g clotted cream
- Icing sugar, to serve
- Heat the oven to very low. Mix the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, sugar and a large pinch of salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the egg yolks and vanilla bean paste and stir. Slowly pour in the buttermilk, stirring constantly, to form a smooth, thick batter.
- In a separate large, spotlessly clean bowl, whisk the egg whites using an electric mixer until they form soft, floppy peaks. Using a metal spoon or balloon whisk, gently fold the whites into the pancake batter, starting with a tablespoon, then adding the rest in 2 additions, for a light, fluffy batter.
- In a 20cm non-stick frying pan, melt a knob of butter over a medium heat. Once the butter is sizzling, ladle in a fifth of the pancake batter and gently spread out with the back of the ladle to coat the base of the pan. Turn down the heat to low and cook the pancake for 3½ minutes until the top is almost dry and the underside looks golden when raised. Using a palette knife or fish slice, flip the pancake over and add a small knob of butter to the pan, tipping it to distribute. Cook for 2-2½ minutes more, then remove to a baking tray, cover loosely with foil and keep warm in the oven. Repeat 4 times to make 5 pancakes.
- Pile up on a serving platter, adding 2 layers of jam (about 4 tbsp per layer), then dollop clotted cream on top. Dust with icing sugar, cut into wedges and serve.
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