I know that loads of dishes are easier to buy but I really cant understand why people want to buy pancakes…it is SO easy to make and so much cheaper.
We have lots of recipes and some do make it sound more complicated than it is so I am going to tell you MY WAY. First no weighing. I think to have to measure accurately ingredients is already starting to make the process complicated!
Believe it or not, we make pancakes nearly every weekend for breakfast. My 9 year old Jamie makes this himself …it is THAT easy!
You take 1 cup of plain flour and put it in the blend then add 1 cup of milk and 1 egg – I always add an extra egg just for extra yumminess. So for a family batchload it works out to be 4 cups of flour, 4 cups of milk and 4 (+1 egg) – i think of it as equal measures of eggs, flour and milk plus an extra egg for the pot!
So the pancake mixture is dead easy. The tricks for good pancakes is to make sure the pan is hot and then have the heat on low when cooking. For each pancake i first put in a knob of butter and let it cover the base of the pan and then pur in the mixture swirling the pan to let the mixture also cover the base, ensuring it is not too thick.
The choice now is what topping do you like. Jamie only has nutella – won’t try anything else. I love crepe suzette so have shared my crepe suzette recipe.
Other variations you can choose from for Shrove Tuesday are :
Light and fluffy and traditionally drenched in Maple syrup. An American version on the theme uses buttermilk in the mixture.
Other types of pancakes are scotch pancakes or griddle scones. This recipe is Grandmas Scotch pancakes
The key thing here is to heat the pan and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of mixture to make small round pancakes. Keep a watch when frying, small air bubbles will start to appear on the surface of the pancake. This shows you that the base of the pancake is cooking nicely. As those bubbles begin to pop, that is the time to turn the pancake over. The cooked base should be golden brown in appearance. Cook both sides for approx. 2mins each on a low heat until each side is golden brown. These can be eaten warm or cool with jam for a treat to add to your kids lunchbox!
Pancake Day is a great time to get out the mixing bowl, frying pan and an excuse to whisk up something delicious to share with your friends or family.
Invite them round and see who can make the biggest pancake or flip it the highest. To toss a pancake successfully is not as easy as it looks, the right pancake mix, a hot pan, speed and practice are what’s needed.
Click here for a traditional pancake recipe but what filling is your favourite?
Whether savoury – spinach & ricotta, Chinese crispy duck, American style with bacon and maple syrup, ratatouille or cheesy leeks… or sweet – my favourite lemon & sugar, Ice cream, chocolate sauce, banana’s and cream or French Crepes Suzette – you can use anything you like as fillings! The above recipes are just a starting point or perhaps try other recipes from the site such as Kenny’s French pancakes or coconut pancakes. Or to make a change, you could try out some savoury options with wholemeal or buckwheat flour. There are also very tasty Indian-style pancakes made with chickpea flour and spices. These are a low-fat option because they don’t contain any butter or eggs, and they go really well with a tasty curry.
Chinese pancakes (also fits in well with Chinese New Year) are also traditionally made with flour and water, without added fat, although you need a bit of oil to cook them. You could serve these with stir-fried veg and chicken or duck, with a spicy dipping sauce.
What’s your favourite pancake? Send us an email [email protected] and let us know; we can then make sure all the best recipes are on MyDish ready for Pancake day Tuesday 16th Feb.
The Origins of Pancake Day
- Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – is traditionally a time of fasting.
- Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439!
- Did you know the biggest pancake ever was made in Rochdale in 2004? It was 15 metres in diameter, weighed three tonnes and had an estimated two million calories! Can you better that? Frying pans at the ready.