Hooray! It's Pancake Day tomorrow... or Shrove Tuesday if you like. Which means it's the best excuse ever to eat pudding without feeling guilty. It's the law*. Well it's a tradition and who am I to argue with tradition.
I always loved Pancake Day as a little girl and we always had our pancakes in the traditional way with lemon juice and sugar.
There are so many different recipes out there for traditional pancakes or crepes. But this is my tried and tested recipe that I always use. If you want to go down the classic pancake route, sprinkle them with sugar and squeeze on a little lemon or orange juice. Or for more sweet and savoury filling ideas take a look at my top 10 pancake fillings.
110g plain flour
Pinch of salt
200ml whole milk mixed with 75ml water50g butter
Put flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and give them a quick mix. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Whisk the eggs incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl.
Add the milk and water mixture a little at a time and keep whisking. Don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk. Melt the butter... I do it in the microwave in 10-20 second bursts. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it again. The batter should now be smooth with a consistency like double cream. Save the rest of the melted butter as you will use this to lubricate the pan. I use a piece of rolled up kitchen paper to smear it round the pan before I cook each pancake.
Get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium. Spoon or pour the batter into the pan, and immediately tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated. It should take only half a minute to cook. Lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's golden coloured underneath. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife. The other side will only need a few seconds then slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper.
What filling will you be having with your pancakes this year?