Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes
Its not far off Pancake day and for our family we don’t need an excuse to eat pancakes. We love them! This year It’s on the 28th February. I’ve decided to put up 2 basic recipes for pancakes. The traditional ‘english’ pancake and the fluffy ‘american’ pancake. Both super easy and versatile. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or tea. Enjoy them sweet or savoury. Check out some ideas for toppings at the bottom.
Pancake day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. This is traditionally a period of fasting or giving up indulgences. It is thought that pancakes were made as a way of using up eggs, milk and fats that would otherwise go off during Lent.
In many countries the name given to pancake day translates to ‘fat’ or ‘fatty’ Tuesday!
So if you are new to making pancakes then give them a go, you won’t regret it.
Basic pancake recipe
I love these with chopped bananas and some chocolate spread.
Seves 4 – 6
120g plain flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour.
- In a jug, measure the milk and add the beaten eggs.
- Pour the milk and egg mixture gradually into the flour, whisking as you go until smooth.
- Heat a flat bottomed, non-stick frying pan with a couple of glugs of oil on a high heat.
- Never leave the pan unattended.
- Once hot, turn down to a medium heat.
- Add a couple of ladles (or pour from a jug) of the mixture to the pan, one pancake should cover the base of the pan. These pancakes are thin so don’t add lots of the mixture.
- Cook for just under a minute, you will see the edges of the pancake curl away from the side and the middle will no longer be runny. Flip the pancake over and cook on the other side for just under a minute.
- Transfer to a warmed plate and serve with the topping of your choice.
- I find them better to eat straight from the pan. You could warm the oven to a low heat and store them in there until you have done them all.
Basic American Pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are super easy and quick to make. I love to have them with well cooked bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup. If I’m feeling healthy they taste great with chopped fruit and yoghurt.
Serves 4 – 6
225g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar
2 eggs, beaten
20g butter, melted
Oil for frying
- Sift the flour into a bowl and add all the other dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle.
- In a jug measure out the milk and add the beaten egg and melted butter.
- Gradually pour the milk and egg mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, whisking as you go until you have a smooth mixture.
- Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and add a couple of glugs of oil. Never leave a pan that is on the heat with oil in it!
- Either use a jug to pour the mixture in or use a ladle to add the mixture to the pan. Each pancake should be around 10cm in diameter. Depending on how big your pan is, you will either be able to make 1 or 2 pancakes at a time.
- Once you begin to see small bubbles forming on the top it is time to flip them over. This will probably only take 1 -2 minutes for each side.
- Depending on the size of your pancakes, you should get between 15 and 20 pancakes.
- Serve up with topping of your choice.
- If you want to cook them all before serving I suggest putting the oven on a low heat with and warming a baking tray up. Store the pancakes in the oven until you are ready to serve. Personally I prefer them straight from the pan.
For my ultimate favourite pancakes/fritters try these banana pancakes
Pancake topping ideas
Fruit with greek yoghurt
Chopped banana and chocolate spread
Classic squeeze of lemon with or with a sprinkle of sugar
Simply a sprinkle of sugar
Stewed apples with creme fraiche
Chopped banana with honey
Bacon and maple syrup
Bacon and scrambled eggs
Feta cheese and avocado
Feta cheese, avocado and bacon
Fried mushrooms and wilted spinach and chives
What are your favourite toppings?