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The perfect pancake is light, fluffy on the inside and coated in a crisp crunch. Enjoy drizzled with something divine and sprinkled with a little sugar.

Though perfecting your pancakes can be a challenge, so we turned to Head Chef Steve Smith from Michelin Starred, Bohemia for his top tips on creating the perfect pancakes.

1. Better Batter

Ensure that you have good batter by keeping all of the ingredients at room temperature. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Incorporate the two bowls of ingredients by making a well in the dry ingredients and pouring in the wet mixture. Stir gently until all of the ingredients are combined and moist.

"Don’t worry about the lumps in the batter! Once they are on the griddle they will cook out fine. If you overwork the batter the pancakes will turn out tough and chewy."

2. R&R

It may be difficult to resist but it is crucial to allow the batter to rest for a minimum of five minutes.

"This will give the gluten, which you have created from mixing the batter, time to relax and for the lumps in the batter to smooth out. This will give the pancakes a thick consistency and they will turn out fluffier." 

The rest period will give you time to clean up that kitchen and prep your pancake toppings.

3. Fabulous Flavour

If you have a taste for something a little more exotic than the traditional lemon and sugar, add flavour into the batter instead.

"My favourite ingredients to add include spices, citrus zest, herbs, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, raisins, cheese or sweetcorn!"

4. Get Creative

Make shapes with your pancakes by pouring the batter into a metal pastry cutter or mould. Alternatively you can pour the batter into a squeeze bottle and draw your design directly onto the pan.

5. Keep Them Warm

Pancakes are best enjoyed fresh from the pan, but if you do make a whole batch at once keep them warm by arranging them in a single layer on an oiled cooking rack.

Place them in a preheated oven at 80°C for a maximum of 15 minutes.

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Thanks to Steve Smith of Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands

For reservations, call: 01534 880 588 | bohemiajersey.com