A delicious weekend brunch idea from Canadian chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Martin Picard.
4 cups milk
4 cups plus 3 tbsp flour
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cornstarch
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
Step 1: Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl until well blended. Set aside.
Step 2: Mix all the dry ingredients and pour all at once into the liquid ingredients. Using a whisk, vigorously beat the batter until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour. This resting period allows the baking powder to activate.
Step 3: In a large saucepan, heat the duck fat to 350°F. There should be about 2" of fat in the pan.
Step 4: Using a baster or ladle, add 3 or 4 portions of batter to the fat. Fry for about 1 minute, spooning the cooking fat over the pancakes continuously so they puff up and crisp. Turn the pancakes and continue frying for about 1 minute until golden brown.
Step 5: Using a slotted spoon or skimmer, remove the pancakes from the fat and drain on paper towel. Keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Step 6: Transfer the pancakes to a serving plate and pour a generous amount of maple syrup over them. Eat while hot. The pancake batter will keep for 2 days in the fridge, but the longer you wait, the less effective the baking powder will be.
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Reprinted with permission from Martin Picard's Sugar Shack Au Pied de Cochon (2012).