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    Chinese Pancakes

    These pancakes are easier to make than you'd expect and are an essential accompaniment to Peking duck.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes to 20 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Makes: Makes 16 pancakes

    Ingredients

    • 225g plain flour
    • 2 tbsp Waitrose Toasted Sesame Oil, for greasing

    Method

    1. Sift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in 175ml boiling water.
    2. Stir with a wooden spoon to form a dough, adding a splash of cold water if the mixture feels dry. Knead the dough in the bowl for 4-6 minutes or until smooth.
    3. Roll the dough into a sausage, about 40cm long. Cut into 16 equal pieces, about 25g each. Roll each piece into a small ball. Take 2 balls, flatten slightly, dip one side of one ball in sesame oil and place the oiled side on top of the other ball. Roll out to form a thin 'double' pancake, about 20cm in diameter. Repeat with the remaining balls to form 8 'double' pancakes.
    4. Heat a 22cm non-stick crêpe or frying pan until hot. Fry the pancakes for about 1 minute on each side until very lightly coloured, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel the pancakes apart to separate the layers. Keep them covered with a clean, damp tea towel or greaseproof paper to prevent drying.

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    Cook's tips

    The pancake dough can be made in a food processor. Weighing the dough pieces ensures equally thin pancakes.

    The pancakes can be made a few hours in advance. To warm them through, place in a steamer or wrap in clingfilm and heat in the microwave on full power for a few seconds.

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