Sun 04 Feb 2018
Where did Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day come from
Perfect Pancake Recipe
Shrove Tuesday or as its better known in today's world Pancake Day. It is the day proceeding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The custom of eating pancakes has been around since the 16th century, historically it was a weeklong celebration called Shrovetide where people would use up their food stores and head out to confession before lent and the fast began.
Ingredients – Enough for eight pancakes
100g plain flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tbsp sunflower oil
or vegetable, plus extra for frying
Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into the middle. Pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.
Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream / pouring cream.
Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.
Hold the pan handle, ease a knife under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over, or give it a good toss. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a plate.
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