Pancake Day is nearly here and for all of us foodies here at Fine Scottish hampers, we decided that our recipe this month should be nothing other than a stack of traditional Scotch pancakes. Fluffy in the centre with a melt in the mouth texture, Scotch pancakes are known typically outside Scotland as drop scones as they are much thicker than any other pancake. So this Shove Tuesday ignore the cries of the crepe and get your teeth into a hearty dessert that will soon become a family favourite.
In a large bowl, start by sieving your dry ingredients together and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well and pour in a little of the milk. As you whisk the ingredients together, keep adding the milk until you have a thick batter that drops off your whisk. At this stage for a little extra spice if desired, add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to really bring out the flavour.
To cook the pancakes, place a little vegetable oil into a frying pan and place on a low to medium heat. Once the oil is hot, drop a small ladle of your batter into the frying pan to make a pancake measuring at about 3 inches in diameter, feel free to smooth out the pancake a little to make a neat circle. Once the pancakes start to form tiny holes on top, take your spatula and check the underside. They should be a nice golden brown, and come away from the pan easily. Place your whole spatula underneath and flip them over to cook on the other side. Keep checking the underneath until it is the same golden brown as the top. Stack them up high and serve.
Now that you have created a stack of amazing Scotch pancakes, it's time to start think about topping them with a selection of amazing Scottish ingredients for a truly authentic taste. Take a look at some of our inventions below for a Pancake Day to remember.
Cranachan Scotch Pancakes
Cinnamon Shortbread Scotch Pancakes
Sprinkle your pancakes with a little sugar and a squeeze of lemon, top with honey and scatter with crushed cinnamon shortbread and sultanas. A easy dish made using fantastic ingredients.
For those with a real sweet tooth, pour Whisky Butterscotch Sauce over your pancakes and crumble over some Scottish tablet. Serve with a dollop of cream and devour. A truly indulgent way to serve your home-made Scotch pancakes.
Happy Pancake Day!