Pancake Day treats: 7 flippin’ brilliant recipes which will bring you joy
Its Pancake Day today, and Britain will once again find itself munching its way through our collective weight in stacks of pancakes. There will be Nutella, golden syrup, sugar, ice cream, and all kinds of other fantastic toppings too. Let the feast commence!
If you’re one of the many who will be celebrating this festival of pancakes, you might wonder between bites what on earth it’s all about. After all we have quite a few obscure events that we celebrate, and yet don’t know why – as delicious as it might be, Pancake Day is definitely one of them.
So before we get down to the business of showing you wonderful pancake ideas, let’s first take a look at why we even celebrate it in the first place.
So, about Pancake Day… what is it and where did it come from?
In case you were wondering, Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, is an event that’s been celebrated here in Britain for centuries.
If you are a committed annual muncher of pancakes, you’ll have noticed by now that Pancake Day falls on a different date each year – something which has caught many of us off-guard on more than once occasion, and led to no end of distress. There is a good reason for this, however.
The date is always determined by the beginning of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday – the day after Pancake Day.
Why Pancakes, you might be wondering – is it because they taste really, really great, and you can put anything on them? Well, perhaps that’s part of the reason. It’s more likely though that pancakes were eaten on Shrove Tuesday to use up rich, nourishing foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day period of fasting for Lent kicks in.
This, and it’s easier to make a pancake than it is a Victoria sponge.
How to make the perfect pancake
Making the perfect pancake will require an artistic blend of culinary flair and the ability to decide whether to go sweet or savoury.
Here are a few handy tips on how to make sure your pancake making is casualty-free. Nobody wants to be scraping burnt batter from the ceiling or pan after all.
This is what you’ll need if you’re looking to serve four people (or two if you just really like pancakes):
- 200g/7oz plain flour
- 350-400ml/12-14fl oz milk, or for a thinner, lighter pancake you can use half milk and half water
- 2 large eggs to be lightly whisked
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- A pinch of salt
- Put the flour into a large bowl, make a space in the centre and pour in the milk and eggs.
- Whisk the mixture for a minute before whisking in the flour too.
- Keep on whisking until you have a smooth batter.
- Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and whisk thoroughly.
- Drizzle a splash of oil into your pan and swirl it round. This, or using some kitchen roll, carefully wipe the inside of the pan until it is coated in a thin layer of oil.
- Heat the pan over a medium heat for one minute.
- Make your pancake
- Add your batter to the pan (just under a ladle full is an ideal amount) and immediately start tilting it around the pan until it’s all evened out.
- Cook the pancake for around 30-40 seconds and when it is ready, use a spatula to lift the pancake carefully.
- If its underside is golden-brown, turn it over, or toss it (if you’re feeling brave) – just be careful not to burn yourself when you’re doing this.
- Cook the other side for around 30-40 seconds
- Transfer to plate. Job done!
Some winning toppings for a perfect pancake
Finally we get to the best bit: the toppings. There are so many potential options as far as toppings go, but here are some of the more popular winning options.
Lemon and sugar
Chocolate spread and strawberries
Peanut butter and banana
Ham and cheese
Chocolate and ice cream
Bacon and maple syrup
Last but not least, enjoy!
Now you’ve put in the hard-graft and gone and made those scrumptious pancakes, there’s only one thing left to do: get stuck in.
Granted, reading this is no doubt taking away valuable pancake time, so all that’s left to say is enjoy!
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