Separate eggs and place egg whites into a large mixing bowl. Chill in refrigerator for as long as possible
Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, milk and vanilla together until thick and frothy. Sift in flour and baking powder and whisk until it forms a thick batter. Set aside
Place egg whites and cream of tartar into the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on medium speed until frothy and eggs turn a pale colour
Gradually add sugar, a little at a time until egg whites become firm, glossy and forms stiff peaks
Whisk ⅓ of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture and mix well to loosen batter. Add remaining egg white in two batches, whisking gently to avoid over beating. Batter should be thick and airy
Heat frying pan on the smallest hob over low heat for 10 minutes. This is to saturate the frying pan with even heat
RING METHOD: Brush pan and the inside of three (7cm diameter x 5cm high) metal rings with vegetable oil. Rub off excess with paper towel
Cooking with 2 or 3 rings at a time, spoon approx. ⅓ cup of batter into each ring. Cover with lid and set timer to 2 minutes. Uncover and add 2 tsp of water into the empty spaces of the pan. Recover and cook for a further 3 minutes or until bubbles start to appear on the top
Using an offset spatula or egg flip, turn pancakes over and add another 2 tsp of water to pan. Cover again and cook a further 2-3 minutes, until mixture just starts pulling away from the side of ring. Remove and transfer to serving plate and remove rings. Repeat with remaining batter
ICE CREAM SCOOP METHOD: Brush heated pan with oil and wipe off excess with paper towel. Spoon a large ice cream scoop of batter into pan. Flatten top. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add another smaller scoop on top. Cover again and cook for 2 minutes. Turn over and cover to finish cooking, approx. 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter
Serve immediately dusted with icing sugar, maple syrup and berries
Tips & Hints:
Cooking times will vary depending on your frying pan and heat source. Use cooking times as a guide and check pancakes regularly while cooking.
Use 1 tsp white vinegar if you don’t have cream of tartar.
When turning the pancake, if it feels stuck, don’t touch until they firm up. When the pancake is ready it will move easily.
This batter is best used immediately. If cooking for 3 or more people, make a separate batter and use two frying pans.
Metal rings are available at any professional catering or kitchen supply shop.