Thursday, May 5, 2011

Breakfast Pancakes

Election fever has taken over most, if not all Singaporeans. With such an unprecedented political environmental unlike that we've seen in preceding years, this year's elections is set to be a fiercely fought battle on many fronts. Somehow this got me thinking about the Singapore of older days (not that I have that many years under my belt), and how much Singapore has changed and transformed to become the modern city it is today.

I can honestly say I love being here, staying here and I love my country, as this is the place I call my home. This is family, this is Singapore, a place that I've grown up in and grown to love. Much of my adult years have been spent either in university or working in the corporate world and I have to say, this is a remarkable place to live in. There are many areas in which we can do better, without a doubt, but it is still one of the best places to live in - clean, comfortable and safe. I don't wish to take any of these for granted given the very exciting and volatile world events that are happening all around us. It's probably not the time to take a chance with the cards we have on our hands and take a risky bet on the future of our country. These are exciting times for us indeed, scenes that we'd love to see since years ago and now we are seeing it happen right before our very eyes. Now that it has happened, what do we do next? What do we want next? These are questions that have been weighing on my heart in recent days...

That aside, today is my first day of freedom from work! Years of working at the same company caused me to have an emotional attachment to the company and my colleagues, hence a teary and emotional farewell was inevitable yesterday. It feels good to be able to not work for the time being, yet at the same time, I feel sad that the place I call my second home is no longer that to me now.

On the other hand, this frees me up (finally) to have a slow, homey breakfast all by myself. I've been meaning to have homemade pancakes for the longest time and finally made them today! After reading Evan's post, I decided to try out this recipe that I've bookmarked for the longest time.

And the result? I love them! They are light, fluffy and very delicious with some whipped cream on the side :).

Looking around the kitchen for further inspiration, I topped these with some citron tea concentrate and they tasted even more awesome. I love these pancakes!

Haha, I was overly ambitious and I doubled the recipe when I made the recipe. It yielded me soooo much batter than there's no way I can finish them even with my family of four. I'll just have to keep them for tomorrow's breakfast, and perhaps try them out other alternative flavours :).

Breakfast Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1 egg, separated
2 tsps caster sugar
1 tbsp oil

1. Combine flour, baking powder & salt in a bowl and mix well.
2. In another bowl, whisk together egg yolk and milk followed by oil. Mix well and add in the flour mixture and whisk to combine.
3. Whisk egg white until foamy and gradually add the sugar and whisk till soft peak form. Fold the meringue into the mixture above. (the batter can be refrigerated overnight to prevent it from spreading too much when cooking)
4. Heat griddle or a non-stick frying pan on medium low heat then scoop batter, about 1 ladleful onto the pan. cook until bubbles appear evenly on the surface, flip it over and cook until golden.
5. Serve with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or maple syrup according to your personal preferences.


  1. Allie, what a yummy breakfast! I think this recipe is much easier than those I tried last time, because all ingredients can be easily measured using cup and spoon, no need to use my weighing scale, hehe. Will try this next time :)

  2. Ooo... these pan cakes look very soft indeed. shall give this atry since it doesn't call for things like buttemilk or yogurt.... Thanks! yum yum!!!

  3. these pancakes are truly delectable shall try them this weekend! welcome back Allie!

  4. Allie, I think you've nailed the pancake. It looks most delicious and the photos are beautiful.

  5. These are such a delicious way to celebrate your break from work!

  6. @Min: Haha yea it's really simple to put together! And very delicious too :)

    @Ezee: Yes they are real soft and fluffy! Do try them out :)

    @Jess: Thanks Jess!

    @Shirley: Thanks! I enjoyed this breakfast alot!

    @thecoffeesnob: Haha aren't they? I wish I had a longer break though...haha.

  7. you're right about election fever alright. i used to be apathetic to singapore politics, cos aftall, it doesn't affect me (i was young...). but now that i actually had a voting chance, i had to read more to find our what voting actually means and i can say that although im still nt well versed in it, at least im no longer just sitting on the fence. ^^

    anw, the pancakes look so gorgeous! esp with the dollop of whipped cream. and the pieces of citron look so so tempting...i want i want i want! hehe.

    oh, and you're taking a short break before starting in your new job? enjoy the rest and start work reenergized! (:

  8. @Michelle: Thanks! A few days more before I start work...excited!

    Haha really? Same here when I was a few years younger. Never quite understood what was the big fuss over the GE until a friend of mine highlighted the importance of voting to me :). It's good that we are more informed and in-the-know on the local political scene as it shows that we are concerned and have a stake in our own country :).

    Try this combination out at home! They aren't that sweet but I do love the bitter taste of the citrus peels contrasting against the slightly sweet whipped cream and pancakes :).

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