Yay It's Pancake Day.
So in our house we don't really need an excuse to make pancakes, we love them! We like both the British kind along with the super thin French crepe, and the American all sweet thicker style like a drop scone.
This past weekend we made the delicious thin crepe style pancake and were entertained immensely by my amusement at flipping the pancake in the pan. Its a tradition that has to be done and so far never a pancake on the floor.
I am a traditional girl, its always got to be a lemon and sugar topping for me, but Davinder and the kids prefer to up the sugar levels a notch or two with Nutella.
Ok so some people may read this post and scream "No not pancake day, its shrove Tuesday" So I hear you this is a true British tradition that many forget the meaning of. Shrove Tuesday Happens right before Lent which for many Christians traditionally was a time to indulge in the fat eating from the store cupboard before a season of fasting leading to Easter day.
Its certainly got me thinking about the meaning behind it all, and how this season is a very good time to self examine the areas in life that need to experience spiritual growth, and find new depth of Faith in the weeks leading towards Easter.
Its easy to let these traditions pass us by without a thought as to where they came from, and what they are all about. Of course there is a ton of information about these things online so perhaps this will encourage you to do a little bit of your own research into why the whole country goes mad for Pancakes.
Ok before you begin, if you are making basic British Pancakes you need plenty of milk, and flour and of course your eggs. Don't forget your toppings, Lemons, sugar, Nutella, Strawberries, blueberries etc.
The recipe is super simple
100g plain flour
pinch of salt
some type of butter or spray oil for cooking.
You mix all these ingredients whisking together to make a batter, the trick is to gently add the liquid as you stir so that you get a smooth mixture.
Then you are ready to make pancakes with a hot oil sprayed pan at the ready.
I tend to double or even triple the recipe above, one batch does not satisfy three hungry children!
This year I decided to have a bit of fun, and today in preparation of sharing this post with you I thought I'd also make the American pancake mix. I wanted to have a bit of fun with it, having seen something years ago in a french magazine that looked a little bit like a lace type pancake I thought I'd have a go.
Of course all I had was an image in my head as I remembered it, so to create it I needed to get the right tool.
So here it is, a squeeze sauce bottle! this literally costs around £1.50, and thats all the equipment you need along with your pan.
So you fill up the bottle and squeeze away your design, being careful not to burn your hand as things do hot up a bit.
Maybe since its so close to valentines day, I just thought hearts would be fun to make.
I'll be honest with you the word love did not make the plate, since it didn't survive the flip it went straight to taste tester, me of course!
I think this pancake would be great for a dessert at a dinner party, chop up some fruit like strawberries, mango, blueberries and a little maple syrup and you'd impress everyone.
For my next little experiment I tried to make Pancake pops. I have to tell you these are so easy to do, and if you think it looks like a fiddle trust me its not.
I just bought a pack of lollipop sticks available at most good cook shops and many well stocked supermarkets. You pour a blob of mix into the pan add the stick cover with a little more mixture, cook then flip till brown on both sides.
And there you have it a seriously good pancake on a stick! what we're gonna call pancake pops!
You can have them plain or dust them in icing sugar, cover in chocolate spread or Nutella, really whatever takes your fancy.
The verdict from the kids was they loved them, and when I told them they would all get one in their lunch bag tomorrow, I realised just how easily pleased my children are, as they screamed with excitement at the thought.
Yes we have very excitable children.
I thought these would also make fun original party favours, and would also be a great idea to make at a school fete or something similar. you can get so many lovely cellophane wrappers online these days. I actually picked these ones up in a large Sainsbury's store.
So there you have it delicious pancake pops. If you'd like to make these American style pancakes heres the recipe for you.
135g Plain flour.
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp castor sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
Whisk the milk, egg and melted butter in a large bowl or mixer. Add the dry ingredient gradually until you have a smooth batter. I like to leave mine to settle in the fridge so its nice and cold before it hits the pan. I've no idea why I do this except my Mum always did it with her pancake and Yorkshire pudding mix, so it must be right!
I hope you all have a great Shrove Tuesday.
Happy Pancake making.