tipsy strawberry pancakes

strawberries are in season so feature quite popularly in a number of sweet treats this summer. and what better way to serve these bright coloured fruits than with light, fluffy pancakes.
i like adding vanilla drops to my pancake batter when making sweet pancakes but it is not a set rule.
sweet, yet tart, this dish will wow your family and friends on any occasion and it is simple and quick to put together.
i used fresh, whipped cream but i almost want to say that double thick cream will be even tastier…

for the strawberries
500g strawberries, halved
1/2c sugar
juice of half lemon
zest of half lemon
45ml vodka (optional)
pinch salt
1tbs smooth strawberry jam

add the strawberries to a hot skillet and top with the sugar. cook for about 5 minutes.
add the lemon juice, zest, vodka, salt & strawberry jam. turn down the heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until strawberries are soft and the juice slightly thickened.
set aside.

for the pancake batter (makes 6-8 pancakes)
125g all purpose flour
1 egg, room temperature
1tsp vanilla essence
pinch salt
1tsp oil (preferably not olive oil)
300ml milk

in a bowl, combine the flour, salt, oil, egg & essence and give it a whisk. slowly add the milk while whisking until the batter is smooth.
grease a pancake pan or non-stick pan. pour the batter into the pan (just less than a ladle) while swirling to coat the bottom of the pan. cook until you notice little bubbles. turn and cook for another minute.

roll or fold the pancakes and top with the strawberry coulis.
serve with whipped cream or double thick cream and shaved dark chocolate or toasted nuts.

from my kitchen to yours, with love x

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