Pancake Day

17 February 2017

I’m not religious and will not be fasting for Lent in the countdown to Easter, but I do enjoy Pancake Day (or any feast day which involves food!)

If I recall from my childhood, “Shove Tuesday” was the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent which involved giving up certain foods, particularly sweet things. Traditionally you would use up all of your sweet and rich foods such a sugar, eggs and butter before Lent started.

Making pancakes, for me is a very regular event and not restricted to Shrove Tuesday. I love them and my fussy 15 month old also loves them and it is sometimes all that he will eat. I make American style pancakes. Big and fluffy and with this recipe*, they can’t fail.

I like to use a non stick griddle tray so that I can cook more at one time and speed up the time till I can sit down and enjoy them.

  • 135g plain flour (you can use self raising for extra fluffy pancakes)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • 2tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 egg

Sieve the flour and baking powder together in a big bowl with a pinch of salt. Add the caster sugar. In a jug mix the milk, melted butter and egg.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and mix to combine.

Heat your griddle or frying pan on a medium heat, don’t be tempted to crank up the heat. Pancakes cook quickly enough and can burn in a few seconds if the heat is too high.

Ladle a dessertspoon full onto griddle and cook the batter for about 2 minutes until bubble appear in the batter. Turn them over and cook the other side which should only take about a minute.

This wee recipe makes about 8 pancakes but the recipe is easily doubled (and I recommend you do as they disappear quick!)

Serve warm from the pan with golden or maple syrup, butter, bacon, jam or Nutella. However you like ’em!

Recipe from BBC Food