Pikelets were actually one of the first things I learnt from scratch - and cooking them is one of my strongest early food memories.
Pikelets are kind of an Australian thing. They're little mini pancakes that can be eaten warm or at room temperature and are always a kid favourite.
My pikelet memories all happened at my neighbour, Audrey's, house. Growing up my Nanna lived four hours away, but Audrey was always my stand in Grandma. She was an older lady who lived next door and I remember squeezing through the gaps in the hedges between our houses and hopping the stepping stones to reach her arched front door.
Once I was inside the house, we'd make our way down the hallway and to her kitchen at the back of the house. There, in front of the window overlooking the garden, her electric frying pan would be heating up with butter sizzling away as it melted.
We'd crack the eggs and mix the flour and before I knew it, we were ready to cook.
She'd hand me a spoon and I'd drop lumpy spoonfuls of batter onto the hot frying pan, listening to the batter sizzle as it hit the butter inside.
We'd wait, carefully watching the pikelets as they were cooking and Audrey would flip them over to reveal the golden goodness underneath. One by one the pikelets would be stacked up on a plate, cooling whilst we cooked the rest of the batter.
It probably felt like a lifetime to four year old me, but soon enough they were ready to eat. Spread with butter and jam, Audrey and I sat down to our afternoon tea for two.
I can still hear her voice in my head - slightly husky but with raised notes at the end of each sentence. I can see her round glasses and her curly silver hair and I can still remember the pikelets on her florally china plates. A food memory that's lasted 20 years and one that I hope I'll be able to recreate with my kids (or neighbours!) one day in the future.
These pikelets are a little bit differently to Audrey's. They're gluten free, egg free, dairy free and vegan - but they're still delicious - and still memory worthy.
So let me share the recipe with you! >>