It’s not long now until households up and down the country will be cracking eggs, mixing batter and tossing pancakes high into the air!
Many moons ago, Pancake Day represented a way of using up all the fatty and rich foods from the kitchen before Lent began on Ash Wednesday. In fact, the story goes that in 1445 a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service - allegedly she ran out of the house and off to church, still carrying her frying pan complete with pancake! Whether that’s the case or not, who are we to question what has evolved to be a rather delicious and fun annual tradition?
Brits will use in excess of 52 million eggs on Pancake Day - thats’s a staggering 22 million more than on a regular day! On average, we will each consume at least two pancakes…which means that over 120 million of these delicious treats will be eaten next Tuesday!
Now, for those of you looking for a fail-safe pancake recipe, you have come to the right place. The recipe below was passed to me by a very dear French friend of mine. I have since shared it with many a friend and the results are always consistently good. So, without further ado, here’s Elodie’s Pancakes recipe:
(makes a lot…often enough for breakfast the next day!)
2 Mugs Flour
3 Mugs Milk
1/2 Mug Sugar
BTW, I use one of our regular mugs that I use for tea; just make sure you’re consistent in using the same mug throughout the measuring.
Whisk all of the ingredients together and, as the French would say, Voila! You’re all set.
I keep the hob on a fairly high temperature and tend to use the lightest frying pan we have in the house. I will grease the pan in between each pancake and for some reason, I always accept that the first one is likely to get stuck to the pan, it’s probably something to do with the pan not being coated enough in fat. Anyway, thereafter, it’s all good and the pancakes keep flowing until the kids cry “STOP!”
If you’re looking for filling inspiration…why not try out some of these delicious ideas??
Chocolate, peanut butter & banana.
Blueberries and golden syrup (or honey)
The ‘classic’ lemon and sugar
Strawberries and Cream
Ham and Cheese
Tomato and Cheese
Breakfast Bacon and Egg
Mmmm, delicious! Enjoy!