I am English.
Pancakes, for me, are thin, crepe like, and the size of a large plate. They are served with lemon and sugar.
Always always always served on Shrove Tuesday, but also all through the year, as often as possible!
Fluffy little American style discs, served in a stack, with syrup, are not my thing. Well, actually, I love them, but they are more like a desert for me, to be served with maple syrup and ice cream.
So here is the recipe I use for my "proper" pancakes.
I am a bit addicted to these at the moment. And when I ask the kids if they would like pancakes for brekky......I am a hero Mummy......which is rare, so I suck it up...
4 oz (110 g) plain flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
7 fl oz (200 ml) milk mixed with 3 fl oz (75 ml) water
2 oz (50 g) butter
Caster sugar, lemon juice and lemon wedges
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
- Whisk the eggs in gradually
- Add small quantities of the milk and water mixture gradually, still whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
- Melt the butter in the pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of this melted butter back into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest of the butter into a bowl and use it when needed to grease the pan, using a ball of kitchen paper to smear it round.
- Pour the batter into a large jug
- Use a 18/20cm frying pan and get it hot
- Each pancake uses about 3 tablespoons of batter: pour this into the pan and angle the pan by tipping it all around to spread the batter out over the base of the entire pan.
- Cook for about two minutes, until the underside is laced with brown, then flip.....
- And cook for about another minute on the other side.
- Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
- To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra wedges of lemon.
I have offered this to my children this morning.
It is a delicious meal, in that we are all in the kitchen laughing and preparing together.
Do you have one of those dishes? An all fun, all delicious, an all hands on deck, all chaos family meal?
Share with me?