Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sweet vegan pancakes or troubleshooting cake baking

Sunday morning brings us apples from the farmers market, lemons from the backyard, and an aborted cupcake flour and sugar mixture.  Plus two kids in the corner playing Exploding Kittens and waiting for breakfast at the end of their sleepover.  Time for pancakes!  They were much sweeter than usual but surprisingly good - the pancakes not the girls (though the girls were well behaved too).

Let's rewind to Friday afternoon when I was at a meeting listening to one of the senior managers talking about strategy.  I felt a bit like Ferris Bueller's girlfriend in class just before she was told her grandmother died.  Luckily I had my phone on silent when Sylvia started texting to me to ask for my best vanilla cake recipe.  I am not a big vanilla cake fan so I texted her to go to or Nigella Lawson.

When I arrived home on Friday the kitchen looked like the Swedish Chef had been at work.  Mysteriously, as well as a half filled mixing bowl, cupcake tins of batter and plentiful drips, there was a bowl of flour.  Sylvia explained it was flour and sugar and baking powder because she had started a unicorn cupcake recipe and found we did not have sour cream.  I wish I had been there to help but it is all part of learning to bake to stumble upon roadblocks.

So this Sunday morning I set out to make the batter into pancakes, using a favourite fluffy vegan pancake recipe for guidance.  Did I mention there were no eggs or milk (not even soy milk) in the house!  The batter seemed on the thin side and was quite frothy once I decided to add the vinegar but it cooked up a treat.  Probably due to all the sugar.  These pancakes have much more sugar than I usually add.  So much sweet stuff gets dumped on the pancakes that they don't need much sugar, as a rule.  Another odd thing about these pancakes was that even when I greased the pan well, the pancakes needed a lot more coaxing than usual to get them off the pan.

The pancakes were rather good: soft and fluffy, albeit quite sweet.  I am not sharing these pancakes to encourage you to make them but rather to share my solution as to how to rescue this cake mix.  But if you are after a dessert pancake to serve with a dark chocolate sauce and lots of fresh berries, then I think these pancakes might be just what you need.

More vegan pancakes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Banana oat pancakes (v)
Nutella stuffed pancakes (v) 
Spinach pancakes  (gf, v)
Squeezy bottle vegan pancakes (v)
Vegan fluffy pancakes (v) 

Sweet vegan pancakes
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Makes about 12-15 medium pancakes

1 1/2 cups plain white flour
1 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
3 tbsp margarine, melted
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
extra margarine for frying.

Mix all ingredients together.  Heat frypan over medium heat and swirl a small knob of margarine around the pan.  Drop about 2 dessertspoonfuls for each pancake.  Cook until mixture is bubbly, and then turn and leave for about 30-60 second (ie not too long).  If they are really pale you can continue cooking until they are golden brown.  Be very gentle easing the eggflip/spatula under the pancakes as they seem to stick even to a nonstick frypan with margarine.  Eat hot or at room temperature

On the Stereo:
Down in the Valley: Handsome Family


  1. So interesting to hear how you arrived at this sweet vegan pancake recipe and without non dairy milk too. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts in the blog post. I recognise that maple syrup in the picture, that's the one we have started using at home. Ah Handsome Family, going off to listen to them more.

  2. I always thought you needed eggs or a binder for pancakes but I guess not. You learn something new each day!

  3. Great job rescuing the abandoned batter! I am cracking up at the amateur baker's attempts at finding a good recipe and working through it. Bravo! (Also it reminded me of my husband texting me while I was in the equatorial forest in Kenya asking me how to turn the oven on!!)

    1. Nupur, I loved the way you personified the batter. Good job!

  4. We've been experimenting with various sourdough pancakes (using discard). It's hard to keep them savory! But we love sweet ones too.

    best... mae at

  5. I do love a fluffy pancake. What is Exploding Kittens?

  6. Hello Johanna

    Half my family is vegan while breakfasting- if I can use that action verb. Your pancakes definitely call for an action and I shall get back after trying. I always make lentil pancakes and my 2 girls are up for a different recipe now and I think yours look more scrumptious and will add that element of want-more as the batter is rescued by your pro culinary skills. Thanks!


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