We all love pancakes here, so are happy to stick with the tradition on Shrove Tuesday. Because we have our lovely Italian student here, we want to share this with her.
I made the batter last night – so easy that I really cannot understand why people feel they need to buy a packet or pre-made version. I made a lot as we will use it up tomorrow if we don’t eat the lot tonight.
The recipe I use is pretty traditional: 220g plain flour, 4 eggs, 350ml milk, 150ml water, and a pinch of salt. Whisk the eggs and flour together with the salt, and then gradually add in the liquid. I cook mine in vegetable oil rather than butter.
You need a good non stick frying pan and get it really hot. Put a teaspoon full of batter into it and when it starts to sizzle you know the pan is hot enough. Add just enough batter to coat the bottom of the pan – too thick and it’s not nice, too thin and it will burn! Use a palette knife to turn it.
The first one is always the worst! We eat them as we go whilst they are hot. I love lemon juice and sugar on mine. The girls prefer Nutella, and our Italian student loves that too. A real treat for me is pureed apple with a touch of mixed spice and sugar rolled up and served with a little cream. Mmmmm.