My daughter had a great love of unicorns, and for some reason, rainbow things are associated with unicorns (I’m sure there is a lovely, sparkly reason, but I don’t know what it is).
She has been pestering me to make rainbow pancakes, and today was the day!
We have our ‘ go to’ pancake recipe, which is from my brother. He is married to a lovely Canadian, and I think he has tweaked her family recipe.
It makes about 24-30 small American (Canadian!) style pancakes, and usually we make a full batch and freeze half of it – it works perfectly well after the batter has been frozen and defrosted. This uses the full recipe.
As I’m a keen baker, we always have food colouring in the house for icing of various hues, so I dig out our trusty box of Colourflair gel colouring. Gels give a much stronger colour than liquid colouring, and don’t dilute the mixture.
Happily we had all the right colours for the rainbow, except orange, and of course that’s easy to make with red and yellow. For indigo we mixed blue with a bit of purple. If lots of food colouring scares you, then this isn’t the recipe for you. Or maybe try some natural alternatives.
Here is the basic pancake recipe:
375g plain flour
16g baking powder
Then mix in:
I use an electronic scale that allows me to just keep adding the ingredients.
Whisk them all together until it’s a thick, double cream like consistency.
If you don’t want rainbow pancakes then you can cook it now, if you do.. carry on..
Divide the mix into 7 bowls – I ladle per bowl is almost exactly right to divide it into 7.
Mix in the food colouring.
Heat a frying pan until very hot. If it’s non stick you probably won’t need to add any oil (as there is some in the mix), but test it with a small bit of batter.
Each colour should make 3-4 small pancakes – around 6-7 cm diameter.
Once some bubbles start to show, flip them over. You should see them start to rise a little to make them fluffy.
My pan has a waffle pattern, so the pancakes are never smooth!
I put a piece of kitchen roll on the plate I am using so they don’t go soggy whilst the others cook.
Eat with whatever takes your fancy. We always have loads of fruit. I love a bit of butter and maple syrup, my daughter loves Nutella and raspberry jam.
Enjoy the washing up!