Ali asked for this a while ago, so here it is — my Grandpa Mel Gibson’s Neverfail Pancakes recipe:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar [optional]
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp oil

Mix with electric mixer as for Yorkshire puddings (i.e., alternate mixing flour and milk into the egg so there aren’t any lumps) or just whizz it up in the blender. Heat a griddle so that when water is dropped on it it fizzes for a second or two before evaporating. Spread a small amount of oil (no really, about ½ tsp is plenty) with a metal spatula over the whole griddle and pour a couple 2″ pancakes to check temperature is definitely right. Turn with spatula when surface starts to bubble; should be golden brown, texture like pancake. For proper-sized pancakes use a 1/3 cup measure. Don’t add more oil between pancakes — if your griddle is at the right temperature then the batter will not stick. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a low oven. Makes 6 pancakes (enough for 2 grown-ups or 1 teenage boy).

Serve stacked up with plenty of butter and maple syrup between each layer and some good sausages on the side. Yum!

As a variation, finely dice half a crisp apple and add to mixture and cook as usual. Alternatively, add a few blueberries to each pancake as soon as you’ve poured the batter onto the griddle.

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