Make the batter: Mix the flour, baking powder and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the egg and vanilla extract, if using. Pour in a little of the milk, then beat the egg lightly until it is mixed with the milk and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture and pour in the remaining milk a little at a time. Before all the milk is added and while the mixture is quite thick, beat well to remove all the lumps, then gradually beat in the remaining milk to make a smooth batter.
Cook the pancake: Heat the tawa to medium hot. Melt butter in a 20-22cm frying pan. Swirl the butter around the pan, then pour in the batter and cook over a medium heat until the pancake is golden underneath. The batter should have risen and almost set on top. The surface will break into little bubbles.
Scatter the strawberries evenly over the pancake. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar, then cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar has melted. Cut into four wedges, decorate with mint, if you like, and serve immediately.
…speedy desserts with bought pancakes
Ricotta and raspberry pancake stack: Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven), gas 6. Cover a baking tray with foil and grease it with a little butter. Beat 250g ricotta cheese with 3 tbsp icing sugar and the grated zest of 1 lemon. Have 340g frozen raspberries ready. From a pack of bought pancakes, lay one pancake on the foil and spread with a third of the ricotta, then sprinkle with a third of the raspberries. Repeat twice more, then top with a pancake. Dot the top with unsalted butter and dust with a little icing sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until the sugar and butter have glazed the top and the raspberries have thawed. Cut into wedges to serve. *Banana pancakes with fudge sauce: Roughly chop 2 x 54g Mars Bars (or chocolate-caramel bars), then put into a heatproof bowl with 100ml single cream. Set over a pan of gently simmering water and stir until melted into a smooth sauce. Heat 4 large bought pancakes in a frying pan (see Swaps above). Slice 4 bananas and divide among the pancakes. Fold into quarters and drizzle over the sauce. (Thinly sliced apple also works well in this recipe.)