This is probably my favourite food related holiday ever! I absolutely love pancake day! I make a note of it in every single diary and calendar I own, I buy my ingredients weeks in advance, and I especially love making them with my husband!
I always use my moms recipe for making pancakes, as they always come out perfect; fluffy, crepe-like pancakes that you could sit and eat all night. Her recipe, for those who are interested, consists of this:
- 110g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 200ml milk
- 75ml water
- Pinch of salt
- Oil (for cooking)
You simply mix all the ingredients up into a bowl, and whip together until a smooth batter is formed.
This is probably a bog-standard recipe that you can find any where, but i always find it works perfectly every time. Make sure the oil is hot when you add the batter to the pan, but turn the heat down whilst cooking so they don’t burn.
These pancakes are best served with a little sugar and lemon, or fresh strawberries. Beautiful!
Last year, I decided to mix it up and make some American style pancakes. I tried a number of recipes, but found Jamie Oliver’s worked best for creating fluffy yet more substantial pancakes. His recipe was taken from his website:
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 115 g plain flour
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
- 140 ml milk
The key here is separating out the egg yolks and whites, and whisking the whites together like you are making a meringue. They need to be light and fluffy, and form stiff peaks before you fold them into the rest of the batter.
Me and Hubby had these with maple syrup and bacon, the American way. I’ve not actually considered this appealing, but he wanted to try them so I relented. Actually, they weren’t as bad as I thought. The combination of salt from the bacon complimented the sweetness of the syrup, and I quite enjoyed it. They’re not my favourite way to eat pancakes, but I would have them again.
Personally, I always customise my pancakes with a variety of sweet toppings as I always consider then a dessert, rather than a breakfast food. My favourite ways to have pancakes include lemon and sugar, Nutella and strawberries, maple syrup, and yogurt and berries.
It’s also a great thing to make with your children. I always remember making them each year with my mom and sisters, and having competitions as to who could flip their pancake the highest. Since then, I’ve seen some brilliant frying pans that you can use to make shaped pancakes, ranging from hearts, skulls, and bears that would also appeal to children.
Tefal do a great range, where you can create an owl, bear and penguin. You simply fill in the outline of your chosen animal using a bottle of pancake mix, leave it to brown slightly, then fill in all the gaps. The result should be a pancake animal. These were on sale in Tesco’s.
We used to make Mickey Mouse pancakes as children. Simply add a bigger amount of batter to create the face, then two smaller amounts to look like ears. Easy peasy!
Whatever your preference, make sure this pancake day you whip up a big batch of batter, and eat till your hearts content. Experiment with different toppings and fruits, and have fun with it. I’d love to hear what your favourite fillings are, so please leave me a comment down below!
Have fun pancake flipping!