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We don’t know how it has come around so quickly, but it is time get flipping, as Tuesday February 9 is Pancake Day.
Officially known as Shrove Tuesday, this is one day when you can be as creative as you like and concoct food combinations you might otherwise steer clear of.
Ever wondered why we celebrate Pancake Day and what it’s all about?
Well, let us explain.
Pancake Day isn’t just about stuffing ourselves silly, it is in the calendar because it marks the day before Lent, a period of fasting and prayer, before Easter.
The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday started out as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that would otherwise go bad during Lent. Pancakes, particularly thin and buttery crepes, were a great way to clear the cupboards in one easy and indulgent dish with no waste to throw away.
The tradition has carried on and one many people around the world look forward to and enjoy.
We have a fail safe batter recipe to share with you so you will have perfect pancakes on the big day and can carry on this tradition.
140g plain flour
200ml whole milk
25g butter (unsalted) melted, plus extra for greasing
Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a medium-size bowl. Create a well and then mix in the milk and eggs and slowly start to whisk. Add the milk and water, whisking constantly and add the flour as you do so.
Whisk the batter until it is smooth, then set aside to rest for half and hour before whisking the melted butter into the batter.
Heat the pan over a medium heat and lightly grease with melted butter. Using a ladle, pour around two tablespoons of batter into the pan and swirl around the bottom so it is evenly coated.
You are aiming for a delicate, crepe like pancake so cook for just under a minute one each side and try not to drop the pancake on the floor as you flip it.
Slide the pancake out of the pan and get working on the next one as your testers try out toppings.
Talking of toppings, there are so many we don’t know where to start.
You can go simple with lemon and sugar, just sugar, strawberry jam or chocolate spread.
If you are more a savoury pancake lover how about ham and cheese, crispy bacon and maple syrup, prawns or cheese and broccoli.
If you are still on that New Year health kick, add berries, bananas, mangoes with a squeeze of lemon and a dollop of crème fresh.
Enjoy and let us know how you get on.
Oh, and don’t forget to give something up for Lent!