Tuna and cheese pancakes
I forgot to make pancakes yesterday (Shrove Tuesday) so thought I would make amends. Not being sweet-of-tooth, I thought a savoury version would be nice.
These quantities make about 6 to 8 pancakes using a large frying pan.
- 2 free range eggs
- 110 g (4 oz) plain flour (all purpose flour), sifted
- 50 g (2 oz) butter
- pinch of table salt
- Olive oil or butter for frying - an oil spray works really well here
- 200g canned tuna (in oil or brine, whatever is your preference)
- 110g [4oz] of good strong Cheddar cheese
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F - gas 4), [fan oven 160° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour] and line an oven tray with greaseproof paper.
- That is quite hot but it also helps to melt the cheese while the remainder are being cooked.
- Grate the cheese, mash the tuna and add a grind of black pepper.
- Sift the salt and flour into a large mixing bowl. Hold the sieve high so the flour gets combined with lots of air
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
- With a spatula mix the eggs and flour together
- Ideally with an electric hand mixer, gradually add the milk and water mix whilst whisking. Your goal is a smooth batter with no lumps or stray bits of flour
- There is no need to leave the mixture to stand, make the pancakes straight away
- Heat the butter in a heavy frying pan, swill it around so the pan is well oiled but not dripping in fat. Pour the remaining butter into a plate to use for the remaining pancakes.
- Or you can use an oil spray, just enough oil to lightly coat the pan for each pancake.
- Use 2 tablespoons of batter mixture per pancake, dolloped in the middle of the pan and instantly swirl the pan around to distribute the batter around the whole of the pan
- Cook for about 30 seconds on the first side, flip over and immediately add a little tuna and grated cheese. Cook this side for about 20 seconds then roll up and keep warm in the oven whilst you cook the remaining pancakes.
- Dab a little more butter on the frying pan or a spray of oil before every fresh pancake.
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