I noted at the last horse endurance ride we did up at Imbil that we had a packet of pancake mix whose “best-before” date had expired early last year. We were too busy that event to go making pancakes for breakfast, so the packet wound up coming back with us in the van.
I made a note of this, bought a new packet to replace the one in the van (turns out there’s a second one there too!) and bring the old packet to use up. Thinking about this, I thought, why not experiment? What would it be like if I used coffee instead of water to make up the mix?
So, I poured in some coffee from the percolator up to the marking on the packaging, and whilst chatting on the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society morning “coffee net”, I cooked up a number of small pikelets.
Two things I’d do different:
- use slightly stronger coffee (the mix I used is perhaps a little weak, so the coffee flavouring is only subtle even though the colour is notably darker)
- thicken the mixture up a bit so the pikelets are not as thin
In fact, not using >18 month old mixture, or doing the batter from scratch might help too!