Well it's not long until another Shrove Tuesday, or 'pancake day' is upon us. My kids are really excited as they love tossing those pancakes up in the air & trying to catch them before they land into the dog's mouth who has learnt over the years to position himself in just the right spot for any 'accidents'!!
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. it is celebrated throughout the UK by making as many pancakes as possible & scoffing the lot! Basically it was historically a way to use up the flour & a last feast before the the fasting of Lent. For the more adventurous there's even pancake races where you try to run & toss pancakes all at the same time!
So what do we need for some good pancakes?
100g ( 4 oz) plain flour &
an egg or two
8 fl oz of Milk & a good bowl to whisk them all together in;
(I don't bother with salt as I'm about splurge a whole lot of other flavours on my pancakes!)
Then you need a frying pan & a little butter to melt in the middle;
Heat the butter in the pan to leave a film of grease & then ladle in a large spoonful of your batter. Get the topping ready by squeezing some lemon & having a little sugar to serve!
Cook on a moderate heat until golden light brown & able to slide on the pan. Only takes a minute or two. And a with lot of enthusiasm get ready for that daring toss! If all succeeds cook the other side for about 30 to 60 seconds until golden brown too - if you're a bit confident, try another toss or two!
If all ends in failure - find a good local pub who cooks great pancakes!