I think today (well actually now it’s yesterday) is the first time in my entire life that I forgot Pancake Day! As Easter is so late this year Shrove Tuesday fell in March rather than February. It marks the beginning of Lent; the 40 days leading up to Easter. Pancakes are traditionally made and eaten on this day. English pancakes come somewhere between French crepes and American pancakes on density. The basic recipe, which will make about 4 small-medium ones, is as follows:
- Sieve four heaped tablespoons of flour into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and add an egg.
- Mix the egg and flour together carefully.
- Add 1/2 litre of milk and water (mixed together, ie. 1/4 litre of each) gradually to the mixture until it is smooth and there are no lumps.
- Melt some butter in a frying pan on a medium heat.
- Pour in enough of the mixture to thinly cover the bottom of the pan.
- When the pancake is no longer liquid it is time to toss it and cook the other side.
- Traditionally serve with lemon and sugar. Yum!