3D PANCAKE PLAY THIS PANCAKE DAY – FIRST RECIPE: Desert island (21st February 2012 is Pancake Day)

If you think the annual pancake toss is flipping boring, then we’ll show you a new way to play on Pancake Day by creating a new series of edible three-dimensional ‘panscapes’ that turn the humble pancake into an edible art form that you can enjoy simply and easily at home. Leading experimental food experts Polly Betton and Andrew Stellitano have built a series of beautiful 3D landscapes that begin by using pancakes as their basis and are totally edible – and then show you how to recreate them at home.

Including plate-sized edible desert islands, volcanoes, icebergs, rapids, and forests; they have been specially designed to appeal to home cooks with a wide range of culinary skills from very basic to more adventurous. These recipes have been captured in a stunning series of images by Dominic Davies (Photography for The Big Fat Duck Cookbook).

While they look like the work of a molecular gastronomy genius, they have been designed to be easy to repeat at home with the family, using store cupboard ingredients such as pancake mix, packets of meringues, cocktails sticks and, Lyle’s Golden Syrup. All also include fresh fruit as a way of encouraging the kids to top up on their five-a-day.

To watch Andrew demonstrate these panscapes go to www.facebook.com/welovebaking – Pancake Day content will be live from 6 February 2012 on welovebaking.

Here is the first recipe called DESERT ISLAND


Crepe pancake


200g Granola


Passion fruit


Lyle’s Golden Syrup


Green food colouring


Frying pan


Cocktail stick


1. Make up crepe pancake mix as per instructions.

2. Warm up frying pan over medium heat, melt a knob of butter. Make a series of large, thin pancakes. Save a little pancake mix for later.

3. Put pancakes onto a baking tray and into a pre-heated oven at 100 degrees for 1 hour, or until pancakes can be snapped, then crush into a powder.

4. Cube pineapple and half of the kiwi, and spoon the flesh of your passionfruit into a bowl. Add Lyle’s Golden Syrup and water, stir.

5. Pile the syrup fruit on the plate. Finely slice the rest of the kiwi and lay around the edge of the pile. Spoon over a generous helping of sand. Drizzle the syrup mixture around the island.

6. Stir a drop of green food colouring through your extra pancake mix, then make a little ‘X’ shaped pancake. Place on a cocktail stick and anchor the tree in the island. Finish off with mint leaves – use a little syrup mixture to help them stay on.

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