Today I have my dreamboat of a mate staying for a few days, and I promised her a birthday sweet treat. When I asked her what her favourite cake was, she pulled out a pinterest board of images, and settled on a stack of strawberry pancakes. Fine by me, quick and pretty and I’m a sucker for a pancake stack. I opted for buttermilk pancakes, layered with maple cream cheese, strawberries and dollops of homemade jam. Here you have it, Miss Clara’s funfetti pancake stack.
FUNFETTI BUTTERMILK PANCAKE STACK
Serves 2 hungry people or 3 normal folk
For the pancake batter:
- 150g plain flour
- A teaspoon of hundreds and thousands
- 1 large egg, free range or organic
- A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 250ml buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- A pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
- Handful of strawberries, hulled
- 2 heaped tablespoons of strawberry jam or compote
- 125g cream cheese
- 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Hundreads and thousands, to decorate
In a jug whisk together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract and melted butter. Leaving the sprinkles to one side, mix the remaining dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk mix into the dry bowl until you have a smooth batter, then finally stir in the sprinkles last.
Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When the butter has melted spoon in spoonfuls of the batter. I like to make them pretty small, using a generous tablespoon, so there are more of them. But by all means make them larger and just less. Fry the pancakes on one side until golden, and then flip over and continue to fry until cooked on both sides. Remove and leave to one side whilst you finished frying the remaining batter.
Meanwhile mix together the cream cheese with enough maple syrup to sweeten. When all the pancakes have cooked and cooled a little, layer them up with the sliced strawberries, and dollop of jam and cream cheese in between. Sprinkle with more of the hundreds and thousands and serve.