I am a massive fan of a beautiful blend of sweet and salty flavours in a dish, whether it be a starter, main course or dessert. I guarantee it will leave me smiling oh-so-sweetly (or not).
I know lots of people who don't like the combination, thinking it positively ghastly and unquestionably abhorrent (these people, in my opinion, are simply stuck in their ways, and can often be found at their local newsagents demanding why the sweets behind the counter aren't a penny farthing any more) but, for me, it really makes flavours come alive as the classically clashing combinations give my palate a good "wake up" kick.
Pictured above are some of the best pancakes I've ever had (surprisingly, they're from Wetherspoon and cost less than a London Bus journey); the light, fluffy cakes provide the perfect base for a salty rasher of bacon to be slapped on top, followed by an oozing river of sticky, sweet maple syrup which soaks everything and makes it all taste a little bit like heaven. If it weren't for the fact that I would be pretty much welcoming heart complications, I could easily eat this every morning (and afternoon, and evening. You get the picture).
So why not try this for yourself? It's super easy to make and can be whipped up at any time of day - my recipe goes by the weight of the egg so it can be easily adapted - just add an extra egg for each person tucking in.
Fluffy scotch pancakes
Plain flour (sieved)
- Weigh out the same quantities of flour and caster sugar (minus a few tablespoons otherwise the pancakes can be overly sweet) as the weight of your egg(s). Add a pinch of baking powder.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add the milk slowly, mixing as you go, until you reach the consistency of pouring honey.
- Fry the bacon in a pan and cover to keep warm.
- Heat up a pan with oil and pour out the pancakes. Flip over when bubbles start to appear on the surface of the pancake. Cook for another minute or so until golden and delicious.
- Place the pancakes onto a plate, top with the bacon and then pour generous amounts of maple syrup over the whole thing. Enjoy!