My son woke me up early on Saturday morning and said “Daddy Daddy, let’s make pancakes” so I got him dressed, got myself dressed, bundled him into the car and went to the shop and got some Buttermilk then came back and mixed up my favourite pancake mix. Then he said “Daddy, pancakes on the BBQ” and I thought, “Sure, why not? BBQ Breakfast it is.” So I stood outside in the morning sun, which on the Gold Coast in Summer can be 30 degrees by 8am, and brought in my beautiful pancakes. Which my son then refused to eat…. Grrrr…. Anyway, here’s how to do it…
The beauty of pancakes is that the ingredients are so simple and you’ll already have most of them in the fridge/cupboard.
Firstly, Go out to your BBQ and light the burners under your hotplate and set them to medium, allowing the hotplate to heat up. In one large bowl, combine 3 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 and a ½ teaspoons of baking soda, and ¾ of a teaspoon of salt.
In another bowl, combine 3 and a ½ cups of Buttermilk, 3 eggs, and ⅓ of a cup of melted butter. Give it a good beating with a whisk.
Once the hotplate is warmed-up, put on some Sunflower or Canola oil and spread it around with a metal spatula. For things like pancakes you really want a metal spatula with an edge: they’ll make lifting the pancakes so much easier, but don’t use your edged spatula for spreading around the oil: you don’t want to grind off the edge. Use a regular metal spatula for that.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. You need to stir them up with a whisk and give it a really good beating: you need to try and eliminate as many of the lumps as possible. Start gently, with gentle strokes, and build it slowly until you’re satisfied: the more you can aerate the mixture, the ‘lighter and fluffier’ your pancakes will be.
Pour on the pancake mix at about ¾ of a cup at a time. When you see bubbles appearing, it’s time to flip the pancake and give it about the same amount of time on the other side. You want your pancakes a deep caramel colour, but not a dark brown.