Today is Shrove Tuesday and tomorrow the beginning of Lent. I have to admit that I am a bit of a pancake nut. Pancakes where probably one of the first things my Mum taught me how to cook, not the fat American style pancakes (similar to what I know to be flapjacks) but the super thin, crepe style pancakes that you can safely eat a dozen of.
We always had then sprinkled with lots of sugar and cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon – bliss!
Tonight I shall be donning my apron to make a sinfully massive pile of these delicious treats, after all Lent only starts in the morning.
Here is my recipe for the perfect pancake, it comes out of a very old and much loved cook book of mine – Mrs Beaton’s Everyday Cookery (published in 1963) This cookbook is full of recipes I grew up with, and to spite its dated photos and horrid blue cover its a favourite in my collection. I love that certain pages (like the pancake page) are covered in little splash marks and finger prints, evidence that these recipes have been made often.
Basic Pancake Mixture.
250g plain flour
Prepare batter by sifting the flour and salt into a basin. Make a well in the middle of the flour and break the eggs into this. Slowly add the milk in, stirring consistently until you have created a smooth batter OR if you have a food processor (and this is not in Mrs Beaton’s version of the recipe) wang everything into the processor and whizz it until you have a smooth batter.
Set the batter aside for at least a half hour.
Heat up a your frying pan with a small amount of oil (I use canola), wait for oil to just start smoking, then swirl in enough of the batter to cover the bottom of the pan, tilting the pan to make sure the batter covers the pan evenly. Cook the pancake till it’s a golden colour and then carefully flip it over to cook the other side.
Once done pop the pancake onto a plate, sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar and roll up. Store the finished pancake in a warm place till you are done making the rest.
Serve with a wedge of lemon and a nice cuppa tea.
The Pancake Poster was created by WILDISH&CO.