Get your frying pans at the ready, because Pancake Day is on its way. Who doesn’t love a day when you can eat as many pancakes as humanly possible and not be judged for it? Plus, you don’t need to share it with a loved one. These bad boys are good whatever the company (or lack of).
Everybody gives the thumbs up to the delicious batter sugar-coated warm treats and it’s the one day of the year it’s acceptable to eat dessert for dinner and tell everybody about it. And the more you manage to eat, the more heroic you become, again something that normally is frowned upon. What’s not to like?
The good news is you don’t have long to wait until the big day is here (it’s big to us OK?), just over three weeks in fact. On Tuesday 13 February the glorious over-indulgence will take place all around the country in time for Lent.
Tuesday 13 February 2018
What is Pancake Day actually all about?
Traditionally, it’s a day where everyone used up all their cupboard ingredients that would easily go off (eggs, fats and milk) before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent where Christians would give up certain foods for 40 days. Of course nowadays if you’re not religious, it’s pretty much a great feast of a day and an excuse to eat pancakes.
How Do You Make Pancakes?
They aren’t as difficult as you might think, even for the most cooking-challenged.
110g/4oz plain flour
Pinch of Salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water.
Oil or butter to fry
1. Sift flour into a large bowl and add the salt – the higher you hold the sieve the better.
2. Make a well (a hole) in the middle of the pile of flour and crack the eggs into it (spoon out any shell!). Whisk the eggs in with a fork.
3. Slowly add a bit at a time of the milk and water while still whisking and keep doing this gradually until all the liquid is gone. The final product should be like thin cream and as smooth as possible, but a few little lumps aren’t the end of the world.
4. Now heat a small amount of oil or butter in the pan on high. Once the fat is hot (spitting or sizzling), turn down to a medium heat and pour a ladle of batter mixture on (around 2 TBSP). Swirl the pan from side to side straight away to ensure the base of the pan is covered (quickly add more mixture if not).
5. Cook for around 45 seconds and then lift the edge of the pancake with a spatula to see if it’s a light golden brown. If not, continue to fry. Once it’s ready it’s time to flip (you can turn it over with a large spatula if you’re less brave!). Cook the same on the other side.
6. Pop onto a plate and EAT with whatever topping you fancy!
Of course, if all else fails, grab the pre-made batter mix from the supermarket. It’s fool-proof and less messy.
Happy Pancake Day!