Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tate & Lyle's Syrup-tastic 3D Pancake recipes

Don't they look great the classic tins lined up like this? "Take one of me like this Mummy!"

We definitely join in with Pancake day in our house, our kids love them, however we do actually eat them all year round pretty regularly. My two are pretty fussy eaters and so sometimes it's easy to throw together some pancakes and know you'll get a clean plate at the end of it (all be it because you have covered them in sweet stuff....I try to ignore that bit). 
We do tend to stick to the standard round pancakes and sugar and lemon variety though so it was very exciting for myself and my son to discover some very cool recipes that Tate & Lyle have put together such as 'rapids' and 'volcano' scenes. You have to see it to believe it, they bring a whole new dimension to pancake time, I urge you to have a go! Really easy and so much fun for the kids. Here's how we got on and find below the recipes we tried for you to follow too.
For more information on baking with Lyle's Syrup and download more panscapes recipes and tutorials, visit www.facebook.com/welovebaking  
No, not his creation but clever designer Andrew Stellitano's.  Forest panscape scene with pears and American pancakes tinged with green colouring. Not forgetting the hiker figures, can you spot them?
Preparing our 'rapids' plate first with some strawberry yoghurt whilst our pancakes were being baked (yes you can bake pancakes into shapes...who knew?). The strawberries were placed on top to be the rocks in the scene.
Our finished 'rapids' scene, pancake formations placed on top, with Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup  pouring down into our rock pool of yoghurt and strawberries. I think he approved, do you?
This was our 'volcano' scene creation, we made different size American pancakes (the batter was coloured with charcoal powder to make them black - tasted yummy still though I can vouch for that). These then piled up into a volcano and then we trickled Lyle's Strawberry syrup with crushed raspberries, our 'lava', over the top.
And see below for how it could look even more professional..., how cool do these panscape scenes look with the little figures?! Genius, my son thought it was all brilliant.

Volcano Scene

Black American style pancakes stacked to form volcanoes served with black pancake ‘sand’ (not light as shown), raspberry syrup ‘lava’ and meringue or candyfloss ‘smoke’.
American pancakes (see pancake recipes below)
Black food colouring
Black ‘sand’ (this is basically a crepe pancake, baked at 120 degrees until crisp then blended into a powder and turned black with food colouring)
Lyle’s Strawberry Syrup
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Raspberries, lightly crushed
Ready made meringues or candy floss
Cocktail sticks
Frying pan
Cocktail Sticks (trimmed down)
1. Make up black sand in advance (see Island method)
2. Make up American pancake mix as per instructions, add in a few drops of black food colouring.
3. Warm up frying pan over medium heat, melt a knob of butter. Make a series of pancakes, each one smaller than the last. Keep your volcanoes warm on a plate under foil in the oven until you’re ready to serve them.
4. Mix together syrup, crushed rapsberries and lemon juice. Set aside in a covered container until needed.
5. Place crushed meringue or small amount of candyfloss onto cocktail sticks – 1 per ‘volcano’
6. Scatter a generous amount of black pancake ‘sand’ in the middle of the plate. Place your stacked pancake ‘volcanoes’ on top of the sand. Drizzle over the raspberry ‘lava’ sparingly and finish off by anchoring the ‘smoke’ on top of each volcano.

Pancake Rapids Scene
Pour Lyle's Golden syrup over the crepes baked into rock formations and watch it cascade into a stawberry and yoghurt rock pool.
Crepe pancakes (see recipe below)
Lyle’s Squeezy Chocolate Syrup
Lyle’s Golden Syrup
Blue food colouring
Frying pan

1. Make up crepe pancake mix. Add Lyle’s Chocolate Syrup to the mix and beat in
2. Warm up frying pan over medium heat, melt a knob of butter. Make a series of large, thin pancakes.
3. Drape the pancake over a foil shape (can be any shape, the more random the better) and place on baking tray in a pre-heated oven at 100 degrees for an hour, until pancake is stiff.
4. Make a pool of yoghurt in the bowl. Trim the tops off strawberries and place upside down in yoghurt pool. Break up small pieces of pancake and scatter among the strawberry ‘rocks’. Choose a large piece of baked pancake with a fold in it and balance on the edge of the bowl to form a small waterfall.
5. Mix the golden syrup with a little water and a few drops of food colouring then pour down the pancake waterfall to serve.

Pancake recipes*
1. American Pancakes.
110g Plain Flour
5g Baking Powder
20g Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar
4g Maldon Salt
150g Full Fat Milk
3 eggs (separated)
- Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl. Gradually add egg yolks and milk, continuously beating until smooth.
- Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then gently fold into the batter.
- Cook in desired shape in a frying pan over a medium heat with a little butter.

2. Crepes.
90g Plain flour.
5g Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar
Pinch Maldon Salt
145g Full Fat Milk
1 large egg
75g water
10g melted butter
- Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl. Gradually add all liquids and eggs together, continuously beating until smooth.
- Cook in desired shape in a frying pan over a medium heat with a little butter.
*Packet mixes can be used instead if preferred

Go on, have a go.

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