Sunday, 22 February 2009


It's Shrove Tuesday on the 24th February - otherwise known as Pancake Day. Traditionally we eat pancakes on this day because it is the last day before Lent ( a time of abstinence or giving things up) and it was seen as an opportunity to use up eggs and fat that were not allowed during this time. I like my pancakes just with sugar and lemon juice, but really you can fill them with anything - golden syrup, chocolate spread, toffee and bananas, fruit and cream - the list is endless! So here's the basic recipe for the pancake mixture:
Equipment needed

Mixing bowl




Measuring jug


Small non-stick frying pan (about 7" or 18cm)



220g/8oz plain flour

a pinch of salt

2 medium eggs

1 pint of milk

About 50g/2oz butter (or margarine)

Juice of 2 lemons

Sugar to sprinkle


Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a dip in the centre of your flour and break the eggs into it. Whisk in thoroughly
until the mixture is smooth (this may take some time and an electric mixer is better for this if you have one). Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Let your mixture stand in the 'fridge for half an hour. To cook, melt a little of the butter (around half a teaspoon) in your frying pan and ensure it is really hot before spooning in 2 tablespoons of your pancake batter and as soon as you do this tilt the pan to evenly coat it with the will cook fairly quickly, so keep looking under the edge of the pancake to see if it is a light gold colour, then flip it over using the spatula, to cook the other side. When cooked, tip out on to a plate and sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice, roll up and keep in a warm, very low oven. Repeat until all your pancakes are cooked. This is the time when you probably need an assistant to "sprinkle and fold" for you as you cook!
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Happy Frugal Pancake Day!

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