Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Instant Vanilla Pancake Mix

Instant Vanilla Pancake Mix

There are moments when you need to walk in the door and make something without any fuss – something fast, delicious and pleasing to all. Whether you’ve just invited extra children home for tea, or you’ve come in from an afternoon in the garden, pancakes are universally welcome and instant – especially if you’ve got your mix already prepped.

Makes 8 batches (1 batch makes 6 pancakes)
Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Suitable for freezing No

For the mix
1kg flour
200g Vanilla Sugar
8 tsp baking powder
4 tsp mixed spice
4 tsp sea salt

To make 1 batch of pancakes
150g pancake mix
240ml semi-skimmed milk
2 eggs
1 tbs vegetable or rapeseed oil, per pancake for frying

1 Sieve all the mix ingredients together and really mix well. Transfer into a large, clean, airtight jar.

2 Put the 150g of pancake mix into a bowl; add the milk and 2 eggs. Whisk.

3 Heat the oil in a frying pan. Pour in batter from a jug to whatever size/thickness you want and roll gently to cover the pan evenly. Turn the heat down to low and allow the pancake to cook for about  1 minute. Turn the pancake over (feel free to do a fancy flip once you’ve made sure the pancake isn’t stuck!) Cook the opposite side and serve.

• I serve my pancakes with lashings of maple syrup and sautéed apples in butter topped with ice-cream. 


  1. What a fabulous idea, pancakes are such a great breakfast, or teatime snack! I must make a jar of this :-)

  2. Great idea! I'll definitely be making up a batch of this, might do a big batch of american style pancake mix too for quick brunches!

  3. This is a great idea to have the pancake mix ready to go.

  4. I think I saw that Nigella does this too, it was on one of her TV shows.

    Great Idea, although knowing me I would forget it was there and begrudge it one day when I run out of flour... :)

  5. Oh I think Nigella got the idea from me Nelly ! :-)

  6. Right! I need to get onto making that vanilla sugar so that we can have these. We LOVE pancakes & just don't have them enough, but if they were 'ready prepared' like this it would be so simple to knock some up for dessert! :o)

  7. Simple is always nice for breakfast! I'm going to have to give this a try.

  8. One of my favorite things from home in the US is the availability of industrial-sized bags of pancake mix (akin to the giant bags of farm store scone mix that always has that disgustingly perfect rise!). I would love to throw this together, just need to remember to date the mixture just in case it gets pushed to the back of the pantry (as the baking powder expires after about 3-6 months)... and remember not to dip any damp measuring spoons into the mixture as any moisture will activate the leavener! thanks for the lovely idea & post :)

  9. I LOVE instant mixes in a jar and had fun developing some recipes for Country Kitchen magazine a couple of years ago - this is a LOVELY idea and of course it would also make a great gift!
    MY pancake post this year was for thin pancakes, or a Quire of paper as they are called!
    LOVELY recipe and post as always!

  10. this recipe looks wonderful. I love vanilla sugar and of course, pancakes are a household staple around here. Just found this gorgeous site today and promptly purchased Prepped - ebook


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