A week on Tuesday, is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known by some people as ‘Pancake day’. Shrove Tuesday is the day that marks the last day before lent for many Christian’s worldwide. Lent is traditionally a period of abstinence and is often associated with clearing the cupboard of goods such as sugar, fats and eggs, and so, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up these foods, so with the little lesson session over, I thought I’d share a simple little recipe with you guys so you can make your own pancakes (hopefully) perfectly!
100g of plain flour
A pinch of salt
200ml of milk mixed with 75ml of water
50g of melted butter, and little extra butter for melted in the pan
First you need to measure out the flour, add a pinch of salt and then sift it into a large bowl, making sure to include any lumps and bumps. Once you have done this, crack both the eggs, one by one and add them the flour in the bowl. Next, take your whisk and begin whisking!
Whilst, also whisking, be sure to gradually pour in your already pre-prepared mixture of the milk and water, until it a smooth mixture. Don’t worry if you don’t need to use all of the milk/water mixture, you don’t want it to be too liquidy otherwise it won’t work as well. After you have done this, it is then time to add the 5og of melted metter. You can use the microwave to melt the butter, however don’t put it in for too long as you don’t want to burn it, to try 20 second intervals and see how that works out.
Once the butter has melted, you can then add it to your mixture and carry on whisking. When you feel that the mixture is ready, you can then turn on the cooker, and add butter to the pan. Make sure that the butter spreads all around the pan and makes sure that it is piping hot before you add the pancake mixture.
When it’s hot enough, you can then begin to cook your first pancake. On the first one, you should only do a small amount as this is your test pancake, and it’s okay if it’s not that good, the first pancake is always a bit rubbish! Personally, I found it easier to pour the batter from the bowl, into a jug, and then use that jug to pour it into the pan, so I highly recommend that, and if you don’t want to ‘flip’ the pancake, then using a wooden spoon or something similar to turn it over, works just as well.
Once you have used up all the batter, then comes the best part.. top your pancakes with your favourite topping and eat them!