20 ml vegetable oil
175 g self-raising flour
a pinch of salt
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
- Measure the milk into a jug, add the beaten egg, the vegetable oil and the vinegar, and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Measure the self-raising flour, maizemeal, salt, sugar and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
- Add the milk and egg to the dry ingredients and mix briefly until just combined.
- Put a heavy-based frying pan on a medium heat and brush with a little oil. Pour a ladleful of the batter into the pan, and cook at a low heat until it starts to form a skin on top. Flip over and cook the other side and cook until golden.
The vinegar and milk mixture is an attempt to recreate buttermilk. If you have access to buttermilk, then use that instead. The maizemeal adds texture, flavour and colour, so resist the temptation to replace it with flour.