I cannot believe it has taken me until my mid-thirties to discover pancake art. I could weep for all those wasted years but, believe me, I am going to make up for it now. I tried it for the first time this week and my family have been eating mainly pancake cats ever since. Youtube is full of amazing tutorials where clever people create intricate pancake masterpieces by using the temperature of the pan to create different layers of shade and detail. They make it look so easy, so i thought I'd give it a go - this was my first attempt:
Nailed it. I quickly sussed out that it's much easier to have two shades of pancake in separate squeezy bottles, and to use a darker one for outlines and detail, and a lighter one to fill in. I make one batch of thick pancake batter, divide it into two, add cocoa powder to one lot and vanilla essence to the other (the vanilla is optional) - then make the lighter mix thinner by adding a bit of extra milk, which makes it easier to fill in the pancake shapes quickly. Don't be put off by your first attempt which will be a mess, as is always the case according to The Law of Pancakes. After that I promise you'll love unleashing your inner pancake artist. Happy Pancake Day!