My Miffy pancakes were supposed to be an Easter Sunday surprise breakfast in France for Meriel’s children Lily & Isobel (my goddaughter). But Isobel & Lily have Chicken Pox in Switzerland, and so I am still in London. Eating Miffy pancakes a seul.
The recipe I have worked out is completely foolproof and takes 2 mins to whizz up in a blender or food mixer. (OR a shiny new Kenwood you are testing out.) I know trad recipes say to let the batter stand for 30mins, but I never bother. Far too greedy to wait.
Normally this quantity feeds four people about three crepe-style pancakes each (+practice ones), but Miffy pancakes are much thicker, like American pancakes – to fill the mould, You’ll get about 4-6.
This is what I used to make my ace bunny breakfast: a Miffy frying pan, with its own orange rubber mould of Miffy’s silhouette. (This may be one of the best things I have been given by a brand of late.)
The recipe is at the bottom, but here is the method for making Miffy in pancake form…
Put the frying pan over a medium to high heat, and add a tiny splash of vegetable oil. Pop in your Miffy mould, with the little tab upwards.
Fill the mould with batter, using a small jug or ladle, to the height of the outside rim. Don’t worry if a little bit seeps out the sides.
If bubbles appear (like above) your heat is too high. Cook the batter until you can see that there is very little liquid batter left on the surface. Pull on the little tab on the right of the mould, and it will lift up, leaving behind your Miffy pancake.
Slip a fish slice underneath and gently flip it, being very careful with the ears. Cook for a few minutes and, using the fish slice, slide it out onto a warm plate.
Do remember that it is The Law that the first pancake is always crap and the chef gets to eat it with their fingers when no one is looking. I found I didn’t need to oil the pan again for the following pancakes.
I used squished currants for eyes, and little slivers of currant for the Miffy mouth cross. Then I got jiggy with the maple syrup.
I was gifted the Miffy 25cm Pancake Pan and Mould set, which costs £24.99 from www.miffyshop.co.uk . Miffy products are also available at www.heroesforkids.co.uk
If truth be told, I think £25 is quite steep for a non-stick frying pan and a silicone bunny mould, but then again it *is* Miffy, and it’s a nice heavy, good quality pan. Miffy books also available here.
Put 110gms /4oz plain flour in a blender or food processor. Best to sift it to avoid lumpy pancakes but I forgot. Crack in two eggs, and whizz, whilst pouring in through the top 200mls/7fl oz. of whole milk (the fat won’t kill you) plus 75ml/3fl oz. water.
You can use all milk, but I find this makes for a slightly too thick batter.
Then add a good pinch of salt (even if you are eating them sweet), and 1 tbsp. of a flavourless vegetable oil like sunflower.
Scrape down the sides; give it a final whizz, and decant into a bowl from which you can safely ladle out the batter. I found that for these pancakes a little jug was best.