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Pancake Day

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Shrove Tuesday was originally the day people ate the leftovers of the richer foods in their kitchens to make way for the Christian fasting period of Lent right before Easter.

An English pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan with a topping of golden syrup and/or lemon juice and caster sugar. Nowadays a wide variety of toppings and flavours both savoury and sweet are used.

Here is a really simple pancake recipe and at the end of the blog you will find some scrummy topping ideas!

Ingredients for plain pancakes (makes about 12-14):

  • 110g / 4oz plain flour (sifted)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g / 2oz butter or margarine
  • 200ml milk mixed with 75ml of water

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Topping Ideas

  • Nutella and sliced strawberries
  • Vanilla ice cream and strawberries
  • Melted cream eggs
  • Peanut butter
  • Marmite
  • Blueberries and maple syrup
  • Banana and honey
  • Bacon and grated cheese
  • Scrambled eggs and spinach

How to make the pancakes:

  • Firstly, sift the flour and salt into a big mixing bowl with a sieve.
  • Make a well (like a hole) in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  • Whisk the eggs in with the flour.
  • Slowly add small amounts of the water and milk liquid whilst you are still whisking until all the flour and mixture are combined. (If there are lumps don’t worry as they will go away as you keep on whisking).
  • Then melt the butter into a frying pan and pour the butter into a bowl or mug.
  • Using a big bit of kitchen paper rub the butter around the bottom of the frying pan before you pour the mixture in making sure to be extra careful as the pan will be extra hot.
  • Make sure the pan is extra hot, then turn the heat to medium.
  • Using a ladle, fill around half of it with pancake batter (you might have to test the amount you need in the first couple of tries). Pour the batter in one go and as soon as the batter is in the pan, tip the pan around to make sure the batter is evenly spread across the pan base.
  • It should only take around 30 seconds to cook so keep an eye on the sides with a palette knife to see if the edges have turned golden brown.
  • When you think it’s ready, flip the pancake onto the other side using a fish slice or palette knife – it should only need a few more seconds. Once done, slide it out onto a plate and then you are ready for your toppings…

Many towns and cities across the UK have pancake races, the object of the race being to get to the finishing line first, carrying your frying pan with a cooked pancake in it and flipping as you go. So why not ask your family and friends if they would like to have their own race in the garden.

What do you put on your pancakes? Do you go for the classic lemon and sugar or something more unique? Tell us in the comments below!

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pippa

I always love lemon and sugar or sometimes jam, my family likes ice cream tho

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We are divided in our house, half of us preferring lemon, sugar and golden syrup, the other half going for Nutella and ice cream. One thing is for sure the last pancake is always mine, no matter how small it is!

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