Top Tips for a Perfect Pancake Day!
This Tuesday the 17th of February I will be rolling up my sleeves, donning my apron, opening up the maple syrup and getting stuck in to some pancake making! Pancake Day is one of my favourite celebrations of the year and it is always a lot of fun! Why don’t you get your friends and family together and have a big Pancake Day party?
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. The word shrove comes from the word ‘shrive’ which means confess and it is traditional on Shrove Tuesday to make a point of self-examination and decide what you need to adjust in your life to become a better or happier person in the future. Traditionally Shrove Tuesday would include a massive feast before the forty days of fasting that lead up to Easter – which is known as Lent. Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they are a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar before Lent. It is customary today to ‘give up’ something for Lent rather than fasting. Chocolate is the common choice as there is an abundance of chocolate at Easter however it is always interesting to choose something different each year to give up! It might also be more rewarding to give something back to the community for Lent rather than giving something up. For example you could donate to a charity or organise a fundraising event?
Making pancakes is so easy! Here is a quick recipe to follow:
Makes 12 – 14 pancakes depending on the size of your frying pan
4oz plain flour
200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
1) Sift flour into a large mixing bowl, make a well in the centre of the flour and break eggs into it, whisk the eggs and the flour.
2) Gradually add small quantities of milk and water, continue whisking until batter is smooth.
3) Melt the butter in a pan and pour back into mixture
4) Make sure the pan is really hot before adding some mixture, turn the heat down accordingly.
5) Check the colour of the pancake and flip over (the fun or sensible way) when golden colour.
6) Serve with your choice of topping (can be sweet or savoury).
Pancakes can be sweet or savoury – my favourite toppings are the basic lemon and sugar combination – you can be very inventive with the toppings you choose!
Top Tips for the best Pancake Day ever!
1) If there are a few of you and you want to sit down and enjoy your pancakes together then turn the oven on to a low heat, stack the pancakes up on a plate with greaseproof paper as you are making them and keep them in the oven to stay warm.
2) Don’t be too shy when flipping the pancakes – the more confident the action the more likely your pancake won’t end up in a folded mess!
3) Let the kids flip the pancakes too – it will make the day so much more enjoyable for them! You can clean up the mess later…
4) If you are on a diet and don’t want to indulge then fill your pancakes with fruit! They are still tasty and are good for you!
5) Remember pancakes do not have to be enjoyed only on Shrove Tuesday – they are so quick and easy to make that you can have them all year round! (maybe not every day though!)
Where can you get tasty pancakes in Brighton?
Making pancakes at home is fun but if you want to have someone else (a professional) make your pancakes then there are a couple places in Brighton to go!
The Creperie – which is situated just off Brighton seafront in Ship Street is a fantastic place to go and eat some pancakes! They have a great menu of savoury and sweet pancakes, and you can even get creative and build your own crepe with any toppings you like! If you want to go all out this Pancake Day why not order some of their delicious ice cream with your pancake?
Pancake House – located in the centre of Brighton in Town Hall Square. With huge portions and a range of pancakes from traditional crepes to thick American pancakes you will be spoilt for choice! Ever heard of an exotic kiwi-mango-yoghurt pancake? Well they sell it! Go down and try one for yourself!
All this talk of pancakes is making me hungry! Have a great Pancake Day everyone and don’t forget the traditional reason behind it!