Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday which means only one thing; get your Aprons on and get cooking!
Fundamentally it is the day preceding Ash Wednesday and is the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent but it is more commonly called Pancake Day and it often associated with making pancakes.
Using ingredients such as sugar, eggs and jam get stuffed by gobbling pancakes down for your tea and have fun flipping them into the air.
The 1000AD tradition is celebrated in more English-speaking neighbouring countries and in the UK; and it is a day in which citizens make and eat pancakes with ingredients that are restricted during the ritual fasting.
Choose any topping that you want be it lemon, sugar, jam or chocolate.
Make the perfect pancake with these top tips and ideas and get your pancake spot on whether you like them crispy or soft.
You can get the kids involved too and have lots of fun by putting them in Childrens Aprons and making contests testing who can flip the pancake up the highest!
Whoever loses has to clean up the pancake mixture in the kitchen afterwards and wipe the marks off the ceiling.
So tantalise your taste buds with this easy-to-follow recipe…
125g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
225ml whole or semi-skimmed milk
Small blob of butter
1. Sift the flour in a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, and pour the egg and the yolk into it. Mix the milk with 2 tbsp water and then pour a little in with the egg and beat together.
2. Whisk the flour into the liquid ingredients, drawing it gradually into the middle until you have a smooth paste. Whisk the rest of the milk in until the batter is more like single cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
3. Heat the butter in a frying pan on a medium-high heat – you only need enough fat to just grease the bottom of the pan. It should be hot enough that the batter sizzles when it hits it.
4. Spread a small ladleful of batter across the bottom of the pan, quickly swirling to coat. Tip any excess away. When it begins to set, loosen the edges with a thin spatula or palette knife, and when it begins to colour on the bottom, flip it over with the same instrument and cook for another 30 seconds.
This is where the fun stuff can really kick in and you can toss the pancake into the air by holding firmly with two hands.
5. Pancakes are best eaten as soon as possible, before they go rubbery, but if you’re cooking for a crowd, keep them separate until you’re ready to serve by layering them up between pieces of kitchen roll.