Tuesday 21st February 2012 is Pancake Day. What is your favourite pancake topping or filling? Do you prefer savory or sweet?
Do you toss, flip or fold your pancakes? I will never forget my dad tossing the pancake so high that it stuck to my grandma’s kitchen ceiling … that was many moons ago but a classic childhood memory that will always stay with me. Maybe I can attribute my love of flipping pancakes as high as I can to that memory, and also to the giggles and open-mouthed expressions on my children’s faces as their mad mummy goes for it again
No matter what kind of pancake topping or filling you prefer, the first step is to make a great pancake. So, here is a very easy pancake recipe that we will be using tonight…
You will need:
100g plain flour
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Preparing the Pancake Batter:
Sieve the flour and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the 2 eggs, a splash of milk and 1tbsp of oil. Mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth paste and then beat well. Add more milk if the mixture is too heavy to beat.
Continue whisking the mixture until all the remaining milk has been added and you have a slightly thick consistency.
Cooking the Pancakes:
Ensure you have a good non-stick frying pan (particularly if you are having a pancake tossing challenge!).
Very lightly oil the frying pan and place on a medium heat. Add a big spoonful of the pancake batter and tilt the frying pan to allow the batter to cover the base of the pan evenly.
If you have added too much batter, do not worry, quickly pour it back into the bowl.
The pancake will lightly brown within about 30 seconds.
Before attempting the big toss, gently ease the pancake from the pan base and then go for it! Remember, it is all in the wrist action and the “flip” is aided by pushing the frying pan away from you as the pancake is launched into the air and pulling it back into you as you catch the descending pancake.
Once you’ve had you fun, get creative with the fillings & topping … our children love the good old savory pancake stuffed with ham, cheese and egg followed by a sweet ice cream & fruit filling.
Happy Pancake Day …. Now, let’s see how high can you toss your pancake!
Here’s a video of our great friend Lynsey from La Rosilla catering, showing off her pancake tossing skills …
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