Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day and also the day when most of the average population pull their baking gloves on, step into their beautiful contemporary kitchens and attempt to make a couple of pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. The braver would-be chefs will attempt to flip the pancakes, some will succeed and some will fail. There are countless recipes online for the ‘perfect pancake’ but sometimes a simpler recipe is better.
What You’ll Need
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Plain Flour
You can also add various spices such as cinnamon, or even chilli if you fancy a savoury or spicy set of pancakes, to taste. Experiment with different flavours! You can cook your very own pancakes in 3 simple steps:
Beat the egg and mix it in with the milk and the oil. For a dairy free set of pancakes you can also use almond milk as a substitute. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium size bowl. Make a well in the middle to pour in the egg mixture. Pour in a little bit at a time, constantly mixing until the batter is smooth and runny.
Heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Using a measuring jug, pour a little bit of the batter mixture into the centre of the pan so that it just about covers the surface of the pan. This mixture makes around 4 pancakes, so pour ¼ of the mixture in to make a single pancake. Cook until brown on both sides.
This part is optional. Make sure that there is no oil residue on the pan otherwise you may splash hot oil over yourself. Try to flip the pancakes in a spacious area, but don’t flip them too high. Flip the pancakes by thrusting the pan forwards so that the pancake nearly slides off the pan, then by quickly tipping the edge of the pan upwards, so that the pancake is ‘flicked’ into the air, doing a neat little flip before (hopefully) landing back on the pan.
Serve with lemon and sugar, Nutella, bananas, whatever you’d like to put on the pancakes. Try out new things! Pancake Day is only once a year after all.