Friday, January 15, 2010

i see your pancake, and raise you a pikelet

whats the difference between a pikelet and a pancake?

in my 'professional' opinion, a pikelet is about 5 cm diameter. so you can fit 4-5 in a frypan. a pancake is just a bigger pikelet (10-15cm diameter), usually made to the same size as the pan you are cooking it in.
but at the business end, you use the same batter for both recipes, just vary the size.

personally, i like pikelets better just because they are small, making them great for children, and you can churn out lots quicker. they are bite sized, and so dont require cutlery to be eaten, and are great for afternoon/morning teas with the society ladies.
also, smaller means you can eat more, so you can try different toppings etc without feeling like a glutton :)

so why all this pikelet talk? well for breakfast this morning we (hannah, alex and i) made ricotta and cinnamon pikelets - served with banana, raspberries, yoghurt and mayple syrup. want a recipe? yes please...

Cinnamon Ricotta Pikelets (with fruit and yoghurt)
1 cup SR flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c milk
3 eggs (separated)
220g ricotta
About 5 tspn butter
1 banana (sliced)
defrosted frozen raspberries (about 1 cup)
vanilla yoghurt (about 1 cup)
mayple syrup

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add egg yolks and milk, combine well. Beat egg whites until stiff (makes little peaks when you pull the beaters out). Add ricotta to wet mix, stir well. Fold egg whites into wet mix (best done in two batches). Heat large frypan. Add about 1/2 tspn butter to pan and melt (i didnt do this the first time and they burnt, but if you have a teflon frypan you can skip this). Spoon 4 seperate tbsp of mix onto pan (most fit 4-5 spoons per pan, left, top, right, bottom and possibly middle). Flip pikelet to cook on other side when the top has bubbles that burst. Dont have the heat too high or pikelets will burn!
Serve 3 (or more) pikelets on a plate covered with yoghurt, rapsberries, banana and a drizzle of mayple syrup!

Other toppings: mix and match to your preferences
Lemon and castor sugar
Ricotta and raspberries
Cinnamon sugar
Fruit (ie: peaches, strawberries, blueberries, nectarines)


  1. I would also distingiush them in thickness... in my mind piklets are thicker than pancakes, tho maybe its just me.

  2. you have a point lisa...i know that you dont add SR flour and baking powder to pancakes (unlike this pikelet recipe), so the logic points to pikelets being thicker! thanks :)