Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Seemingly I was pretty committed to it. It was the second night of our shiny new bedtime routine for Baby. I had gone to bed at 7pm and the Patriarch bought him up at 10pm, as agreed. Apparently I sent them away again so I could go back to sleep. I have no recollection of this at all and am pretty sure it is a smear campaign (#alternativefacts).
In my defence, since the cherub’s favourite way to nap is walking in the sling, this week I have averaged between 3 and 7 miles a day. To refuel, I had a belated stab at pancakes.
The basic batter is from my own mother’s ancient Coeliac Handbook, which she bought when I was diagnosed at eighteen months old. It’s an oldie but goldie, which I’ve updated for your delectation. Because sweet is obviously more important than savoury, first up is the recipe for After Eight pancakes.
TIME 15 minutes
SERVES 3-4, I suppose, if you’re going to be all sensible about it – it makes 6 big or 8 small pancakes
100g plain flour (gluten free if necessary)
15 after dinner mints (preferably After Eights or those nice Divine fair trade ones)
Good quality vanilla ice cream to serve (my recommendation here)
Whisk together the eggs, flour, and milk to form a thin batter. Break nine of the chocolates into very small pieces and mix into the batter.
Grease a non-stick frying pan and put over a high heat. Whisk the batter again and pour a thin layer over the bottom of the pan.
Cook until the sides are browning and curling slightly away from the edge of the pan, then flip and give it thirty seconds on the other side.
Slide onto a plate and repeat for the rest of the batter. You’ll need to mix the batter thoroughly between each pancake to ensure an even distribution of chocolate. Wars have begun over less.
Serve with ice cream and top with an After Eight.