Easy Pancake Recipe
If you want a good pancake recipe
, you’ll need these ingredients:
plain (all purpose) flour, eggs, (free range) and milk.
Yorkshire pudding has a similar recipe but with pancakes you fry them instead of baking.
Pocket history of the pancake.
Traditionally, Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday was the day before the start of Lent known as Ash Wednesday. Christians would go to confess their sins and were shriven (absolved) from them, over time shriven became shrove.
The day before going into Lent and 40 days and 40 nights of fasting, Christians would use up all their foods that would not last the fasting period, flour, eggs and milk, and there you have your recipe for pancakes!
The next time they would eat eggs would be Easter. I prefer the name Pancake Day, rather than the French name Mardi Gras
, which means “Fat Tuesday”
In Olney, Buckinghamshire they have been running the Pancake Race
since 1445. According to history, on hearing the church bells ringing in the beginning of Lent, a local woman who was in the middle of cooking pancakes, ran up the street with the frying pan still in her hand.
The race has been recreated ever since, and ties in with the Pancake Race in Liberal, Kansas, U.S.A. which is run at the same time.
- 110g/4oz Plain/all purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Medium free range eggs
- 250ml/9fl oz Semi-skimmed milk
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil for frying
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and break the eggs into this
- Gradually whisk in the milk, until you have a smooth batter
- Heat a little oil in a small non-stick frying pan (see cooks tips) making sure you cover the whole pan
- Make sure the pan is hot
- Add a ladleful of the batter mixture to the pan and tip the pan, making sure the batter coats the pan evenly
- Cook the first side of the pancake for 1- 2 minutes and then flip it over (either using a palette knife, or by tossing the pancake) to cook the other side, this will only take a couple of seconds
- Once cooked on both sides, transfer to a warm plate.
- If you are making a batch of pancakes (see cooks tips)
- Serve each pancake with a squeeze a fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of caster/fine sugar, or strawberries, bananas and ice cream.
- Few sliced strawberries
- Few slices of banana
- Scoop of ice cream
- Or traditionally in England, we have a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar
- Use a piece of kitchen paper to wipe the oil around the pan
- For batches, you can stack them by placing a piece of greaseproof paper between each one and keep warm in the oven.
- Small frying pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Kitchen paper
- 110g/4ozPlain/all purpose flour
- 2 Medium free range eggs
- 250ml/9 fl oz Semi-skimmed milk
- Vegetable oil
- Your choice of topping