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  • Islander,

    Wow! They're all sweetened!
    Yep, I know sugar as a flavour enhancer, but-

    back to a little joy-gem I've discovered - savoury potato gems(not a dot of sugar)...cheers all, and great to get the receits-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Being a scientist and former library-minion, I like to put things in order.
    Crepe: Flour, Milk, Egg, Salt
    Pancake: Flour, Milk, Egg, Salt, Baking Powder
    Pikelet: Flour, Milk, Egg, Salt, Baking Powder, Sugar
    Gems/American Pancake: Flour, Milk, Egg, Salt, Baking Powder, Sugar, Butter.
    Tho of course the consistency changes, and my grandparents venerable Edmonds suggests butter as an optional add to the Pikelet. I only ever make pancakes, and I've long since forgone a recipe.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Sorry Sofie - the point about gems is that they have to be warm out of the oven, so the butter melts just a little, accompanied by the gingery bakey smell in the house. Doesn't transport.

    Excuses. ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Sacha and Sofie - I have a temporary baker-in-residence. Not my forte at all - I just appreciate the results.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    You can just leave the sugar out. I do sometimes, perhaps even often.

    People[*] bang on a lot about how baking is Precision Chemistry and you Can't Change Anything. It just ain't so. Sure, you might not want to make huge extempore alterations to a recipe you are about to prepare for a big party[**], but what's the worst that can happen, really?


    [*] I did this just for you, Emma
    [**] though I'm not above that, either

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    but what's the worst that can happen, really?

    Probably food poisoning. Maybe all your friends deciding that you don't like them. The sky's the limit really!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    Probably food poisoning. Maybe all your friends deciding that you don't like them.

    Now, now, this is exactly the kind of fear I'm trying to allay.

    You can't give your friends food poisoning or make them not like you over a tablespoon of sugar more or less in your drop scones. I promise.

    If my friends are anything to go by, you can't even make them not like you by serving them blue soup (proper anthrocyanin blue, none of this Bridget Jones string nonsense) .

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

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