What to make for a quick snack when you have neighbours popping by with kids??? I had a pan of Peanut Butter Marshmallow squares already made, but needed a little something for foodish and less dessertish. Pikelets fit the bill....especially for little kids. I had a bit of buttermilk needing to be used up, so I had a little internet search and found a recipe for Paul's Pikelets that called for the exact quantity of buttermilk I wanted to use up. Now it is sheer coincidence that I realized that the Paul in the recipe is refering to the dairy company Paul's sold in Australia and not to the author of the recipe. The recipe is quite heavy on the sugar making the Pikelets sweet enough to eat without jam or other toppings....but you try it on your own and decide for yourself if you'd like to cut back on the sugar.
Paul's Pikelets (serves 4)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
Beat together the sugar and eggs. Add buttermilk and beat a further minute. Sift remaining ingredients and fold into the batter. Try not to over mix. Drop by spoonful onto a greased hot pan, turning to cook the second side when bubble break the surface of the batter.
Note: if you do not have self raising flour you can mix your own by adding 1 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to 1 cup of all purpose flour. Or in this recipe, as written, omit the pinch of salt, use all purpose flour instead of self raising, and add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder.