It's Shrove Tuesday - or Pancake Day as it's more commonly known. This is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes - the feast before the famine.
Pancakes are incredibly easy to make. Once cooked you can add the traditional lemon juice and sugar or go mad and concoct your own delicious toppings. Here are a few suggestions:
Salted caramel and hot chocolate
Chocolate, peanut butter and banana.
Plum and spiced apple
Ice cream and peaches
Honey, yogurt and blueberries
Chocolate spread and strawberries
Here's Mary Berry's recipe for a basic pancake mix.
Makes – 12 Thin Pancakes (18-20cm each)
125g plain flour
1 egg and 1 yolk
1. Sift 125g plain flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
2. Whisk together one egg, one yolk and a little milk taken from the 300ml, in a separate bowl.
Pour into the well. Whisk with a little of the flour.
3. Gradually whisk in half of the remaining milk, drawing in the rest of the flour with a little at a time, to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remaining milk. Cover and leave to stand for about 30 minutes.
5. Heat the frying pan and brush with a little oil. Ladle two or three tablespoons of batter into the pan and tilt the pan so that the batter spreads out evenly over the bottom.
6. Cook the pancake over a medium-high heat for 45-60 seconds until small holes appear on the surface, the underside is lightly browned and the edge has started to curl. Loosen the pancake and turn it over by tossing or flipping it with a palette knife. Cook the other side for about 30 seconds until golden. Slide the pancake out of the pan.
Heat and lightly grease the pan again before making the next pancake. Serve the pancakes as they are made, or stack them on a plate and reheat before serving. (If the pancakes are hot when you stack them they will not stick together; there is no need to interleave them with greaseproof paper.)
Any uneaten pancakes will keep in a stack for 24 hours or can be frozen.
Salter Digital Scales for accurate measuring
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