The basic pancake recipe can be used in a variety of ways whether you enjoy savoury pancakes or sweet there are numerous toppings and fillings to enjoy once you have made your golden brown pancakes. pancakes can be enjoyed at any time throughout the year but are a traditional delight on Pancake Tuesday also known as Mardis Gras. Mardis Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday in French, marks the end of Carnival season and is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 days of Lent. Mardis Gras is recognised throughout the world but each nation has their own title for this day. In the U.K. it is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, German speaking countries name it Fastnacht, in Sweden- Fettisdagen and in Italy- Martedí Grasso . It gets it’s name from the fact that all the good food that was given up for Lent had to be used up and so eggs, butter and flour was used to make pancakes or cakes and on Ash Wednesday the fasting would begin.
110g plain flour
2 large eggs
275ml milk and water
pinch of salt
Butter for frying
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the pinch of salt. Break in the eggs. Add a small quantity of the liquid (milk and water mixture) and whisk to a smooth consistency. Slowly add the remaining liquid and keep whisking until all the batter is smooth and lump-free.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan and add a small quantity of butter. Pour in a ladelful of batter and swirl around the frying pan. Once the pancake is golden brown on the base flick it over with a spatula (or if you are confident then toss it over) and continue to cook until the other side is golden brown too. Turn onto a warm plate and repeat until all the batter has been used up.
Top the pancake with a sprinkle of sugar and some lemon juice or any other topping that you would like such as jam, honey, syrup or even savoury fillings. Roll up and enjoy.
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