I have memories of Mum making batches of pikelets to feed the shearers. I warmly recall arriving home from the school bus to be welcomed with the smell of pikelets being cooked on this griddle. Four hungry kids meant that mum wouldn't even get the chance to store them under the tea towel. We would be lining up as they cooked.
|Nan's Pikelets with Karaka berry jam and cream|
|Pikelets on a cast iron griddle|
1 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp of sugar or to your taste (orig recipe had 1/2 cup but I found this too sweet)
1/2 cup milk (or as much to make the batter the right consistency)
Add first three ingredients and either sieve or fluff up with a whisk to get air through the flour - this adds to the lightness
Add the sugar, egg and milk
Beat quickly to make a smooth batter the consistency of lightly beaten cream so that it will easily drop from the spoon but will not spread too thinly.
Ideally leave this mix for 10 minutes before cooking ( usually I am making these in a rush so I start once the pan is hot enough).
|Pikelet with bubbles show it time to flip - my Mum's metal pikelet spatula that is ideal for flipping|
Always make just one pikelet first up as you have to get the cooking surface to just the right temperature.
When one or two bubbles break on the top of the pikelets its time to flip them.
If you have the temperature too high they will brown quickly but could still be raw in the centre.
As they come off the pan store them in a clean tea towel as you do with scones.
If you make crepes, dosas, pancakes or pikelets on a regular basis then it would be worth while hunting out for a griddle iron in a second hand shop or check if your grandmother has one in a back cupboard.
Practise makes perfect and this is good recipe to make with your children.