Angel Pancakes

These were labelled "bleena" on the internet site where I found the recipe, but any resemblance to blini is mostly phonetic.

They are as soft and light a pancake as I've ever seen and are a gourmet's delight brushed with a little melted butter, and spread with cottage cheese and home-made Billington Plum jam - or anything else you like.

If you have in mind a more savoury filling, leave out the second teaspoon sugar when mixing the batter. (I like a cottage cheese and mild lime pickle filling.)

They can be temperamental. If the mix is not the right consistency you will get soggy pancakes or pancakes that come apart as soon as you try and get a fish slice under them to turn them. Practise. They are worth it when you get them right.

You will need

1/2 cup Warm Water
1.5 tsp (7.5g) Active Yeast
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 cups High Grade Flour
2 cups Warm Water
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 cup Melted Butter
1 cup Warm Milk


  1. The night before you want the pancakes, dissolve yeast and first teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. Add 2 cups flour and 2 cups warm water, and blend until smooth.
  3. Next morning, unless you have left the bowl in a specially warm place, you will find the dough has not risen much but is more or less stuck together in one gluey lump. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until all the stretchiness and gluey quality has gone and there is one uniform batter. Adjust with milk until it is thin enough.
  4. Heat a heavy based pan to first smoke, then back the heat off to around 7-8 out of 12
  5. Place a teaspoon of oil in the middle. Wipe around the base of the pan with a kitchen towel. Pour about a quarter cup of batter into the pan and swirl it around to make a pancake about 8- 9 inches across.
  6. Return to hotplate and cover with a flat lid for about half a minute. Remove lid and turn pancake with a fish slice or similar. (Adjust heat so that at the end of the 30 seconds the pancake is a light golden brown underneath.)
  7. Continue cooking for another 20 - 30 seconds. I never get a chance to pile these up on a plate as the kids know the signals and are waiting in line when the first one comes off the assembly line.







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