Tuesday, 16 February is Shrove Tuesday – and we all know what that means… pancakes!
It’s surprising how many of us think we need a packet mix to make pancakes, or even buy them ready made.
But it’s super easy and quick to make pancakes – and they use ingredients that many people will already have in the cupboard.
In our house, we have two adults and three pancake mad kids, so when I make pancakes I like to make a big batch to cater for all that demand.
And although a traditional pancake recipe is for a savoury pancake, I add a tablespoon of caster sugar to my batter to give them an extra sweet taste.
The question is: what’s your favourite topping? Lemon and sugar? Or something much more exotic? Let me know in the comments.
If you aren’t sure of the recipe for pancakes, here’s mine below. If there are less of you than in our house, just halve the ingredients (or keep some in the fridge for a quick and indulgent breakfast the next day!).
- 150g plain flour
- 3 eggs
- 450ml milk
- Tbsp caster sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Veg or sunflower oil
- Pancake toppings of your choice!
In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and caster sugar. (If you're making savoury pancakes, leave out the sugar!)
Beat your eggs in a separate bowl, then add the milk to them.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk them together until you have a batter consistency. (You can use an electric whisk for this if you have one, but it's not essential.)
You can now cover and chill the batter in the fridge for about 30 minutes, if you have time, but your pancakes will still be fine if you can't wait that long!
In a frying pan, heat a tsp of the oil. You could add a knob of butter if you want.
When the pan is really hot, turn the heat to medium and then pour in one ladle full of mixture. Angle the pan so that the mixture spreads out to cover the base.
Allow the pancake to cook for about one minute, before turning it. Loosen around the edges with a spatula first to increase your chances of success! If you're brave, try tossing your pancake, but if not just gently flip it over.
Cook for about one more minute on the other side and serve! Yum!
You may need to add another tsp of oil each time you cook a new pancake. Don't worry if your first one is a disaster - you'll soon get into the swing of things once you've done a few. Anyway, wonky pancakes still taste just as good!
If you have a fantastic recipe which you’d like to share with people living in Lowton and Golborne, get in touch and we can post it up on the site. You’ll get full credit for your creation of course!