I sometimes feel like it should be against the law not to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday! Falling on the 9th February this year, below is my recipe for the perfect pancakes and a few essential products to give you a helping hand.
Flipping fantastic pancake recipe:
- 100g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 300 ml milk
- 1 tbsp oil
- a pinch of salt
- Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, the pour in about 50ml of the milk and all the oil. Start whisking and gradually draw the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. If the mixture becomes too thick, add more milk.
- To finish the batter off, add the rest of the milk and whisk until you have a batter with the consistency of single cream.
- Heat a frying pan, and wipe the base with oiled kitchen paper or a pastry brush. Then ladle some batter into the pan and tilt to move the mixture into a thin and even layer. Leave to cook for about 30 seconds or until the pancake begins to bubble. Then flip to the other side. I like to use my OXO silicone flexible pancake turner to do this.
- Cook the other side for around 30 seconds again, and stack on a plate ready to serve!
Favourite OXO pancake products:
- 1 litre Angled measuring jug- £11.00
- 3 in 1 egg separator- £5.00
- Citrus squeezer- £16.00
My favourite pancake toppings:
Keeping it simple, my favourite topping of all time is definately a spoonful of sugar and a dash of juice from a Jif lemon, avaliable at most good supermarkets (RRP £0.65). Approaching its 60th Birthday next year, Jif lemon is intrinsically linked to the national day of pancake flipping and is an iconic symbol of flavour which has been cherished through the generations. It seems i’m not alone with this one, as in 2015 2.4 million Jif lemons were produced for Pancake Day alone.
Jif Lemon adverts through time
And if lemon and sugar wasn’t sugary enough, my fail proof topping has got to be crispy bacon and lashings of Clarks Maple Syrup. Clarks is the UK’s best selling maple syrup- a blend of pure maple syrup and carob fruit syrup- which has a low glycemic index, meaning it has 45% less sugar per 100g than white sugar. Clarks is available in most major supermarkets (RRP £1.98, 180ml)