Today is….Shrove Tuesday !! AKA Pancake day! I have to say I LOVE Pancakes. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins (in Christianity)
So why are pancakes eaten on that particular day?
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
How do you make a perfect pancake? :
Basic pancake batter ……..
(Enough for 8 pancakes)
1 large egg or 1 egg and one yolk
½ pint/280ml milk
4oz/110g plain flour (4 heaped dessert spoons)
1 tbsp melted butter
Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Break in the egg (and yolk, if using) and add a pinch of salt and a splash of the milk. Whisk the egg, gradually incorporating the flour, to make a smooth cream. Whisk in the rest of the milk and the melted butter.
With a blender:
Put all the ingredients in a blender jug with a pinch of salt. Whizz until smooth
How to cook them……
Take a large frying pan and place in a small knob of butter let it melt all around the bottom of the pan (this will prevent the mixture from sticking)
Depending on the thickness of the pancakes should depend on how long you cook them for but I’d say cook them on each side for 1-2 minutes. Once done add a filling of your choice. You can repeat these steps as many times as you like (obviously depending on how much pancake mixture you have) a tip is to put them on a plate on top of each other wrapped in a clean tea towel (it keeps them nice and warm)
Serve and ENJOY !