This fluffy rainbow doughnut pancake not only looks great, but it has a delicious light texture and is the perfect Pancake Day treat if you have a sweet tooth. This classic doughnut design, with the hole in the middle, pink icing and colourful sprinkles is often nicknamed The Simpsons Doughbut (or D’ohnut!), because they’re one of Homer Simpson’s favourite treats.
The batter has been made with bicarbonate of soda and whisked egg whites, to encourage it to expand slightly, so it’s thicker than a classic pancake recipe. This recipe also uses buttermilk – but you don’t have any to hand, use normal milk instead and add a dash of lemon juice or vinegar instead.
- 150g plain flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100ml of milk
- 150ml buttermilk
- 2 egg yokes
- 2 egg whites
- 1tsp of butter
- Icing sugar
- Food colouring
To make the batter: Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and milk and gently whisk. Continue to whisk as you add the buttermilk, and egg yokes, In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they foam, they add to the rest of the batter mixture.
Heat the butter in the saucepan at a low to medium temperature, and position a small cooking ring inside a larger one. Then spoon in your batter mixture and gently heat for a minute or two, until cooked. Gentle remove and allow to cool slightly before decorating.
To decorate: Combine pink icing sugar with food colouring, then pour over your pancake before adding sprinkles and drizzle of red colouring.
Top tip for making Doughnut pancake
Don’t be tempted to use a wooden spoon instead of a whisk to combine your ingredients. A whisk will give you better results, by adding extra air to the batter, making it even fluffier.