Its Pancake day today! and although all the traditions of the actual meaning have gone out of the window in the Happy House (we have them more than once a year!) we still have to have them on Shrove Tuesday!
…and guess who’s best at making them!
Yep you’ve got it! It’s me!
English Pancakes are very different from American pancakes…as you can see from the picture below, ours are large and thin, whereas American pancakes are more small and thick, kinda like a beefburger.
We eat ours with (traditionally) lemon and sugar, but people also add ice cream, fruit and maple syrup to theirs….Personally I like the traditional way of lemon and now with my diabetes, artificial sweetener.
Here is my most favourite recipe for Pancakes by the lovely Delia Smith….
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For the pancake mixture
- 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
- 50g/2oz butter(Happy’s tip)…..If you are very hungry…or a greedy person like me! I would make double or even triple amount of mixture up…because be warned, they are sooo soooo ‘delish’ you will definately want more!
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
- Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
- Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
- Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
- To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.
Oh and I just thought I would add a few Happy Loves Rosie pictures to pretty this post up a bit lol! Have fun today making pancakes…Oh and don’t forget to have a go at tossing them….and don’t leave any on the ceiling! ;D xx
So what will you be doing today?If you are having them for your tea, what do you like to put on them?
C’mon gals lets share traditions 😉