A Pikelet is basically just a small pancake. I usually think of a pikelet served cool (usually with jam and cream ontop!), and a pancake served hot (with maple syrup on top!). The basic recipe for them is the same.
1 cup Self Raising flour
1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
1 Cup Milk
1). Sift the flour, stir in the sugar, egg and milk. Beat until smooth.
2). Get a good frying pan and put it on the heat. Add a light amount of oil.
3). When the pan is hot, spoon/pour some mixture onto the pan – about the size of an egg ring or smaller for a pikelet, as large as you like for a pancake… It should fizz when you pour it on. Within a few moments you should see bubbles forming, this is the sign to flip them over, and the other side should be nice and golden brown.
4). Once you think the other side is cooked (you can peek at it), remove it and leave it to cool on some kitchen paper. Allow the pan to heat up again if needed before adding another.
Pikelets – Serve cooled with jam and cream, or a squirt of lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar… or just on their own.
Pancakes – serve hot with maple syrup, banana slices, berries or other toppings.
Now you have the basic recipe, you can make variations by adding spices or fruit to the mixture. A flavoured pikelet is great as a snack for lunchboxes. Try:
- Vanilla & cinnamon
- Banana & cinnamon
- Grated apple
- “Chai” (cardamon, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg)
- Chocolate (add cocoa and/or chocolate chips)