Pancake day is upon us and who doesn't love a sweet treat to brighten up a Tuesday!
Pancake day or more traditionally, Shrove tuesday marks the day before the start of Lent. As this was often a time of fasting Shrove Tuesday was the last day to use up fats and eggs that would spoil over the coming fasting period, and what better way to make those simple ingredients into something tasty than pancakes!
Whether you favour sweet or savoury fillings, the basic pancake recipe below is a great place to start! Don't forget to grease the pan or use non-stick to get the all important perfect flip!
100g plain flour
2 large egg
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
pinch of salt
Put the flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.
Set a medium frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.
Serve hot straight away with sweet toppings such as lemon and sugar, syrup, honey, berries and cream. Alternatively, leave to cool before using to wrap savoury ingredients like cheese with ham, spinach or tomato and re-baking in a hot oven.
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