What do you call it when your anniversary is on Pancake Day? A PANCAKE-VERSARY, of course!
That’s right – a year ago Tuesday, TC got down on one knee and asked me to be his girlfriend with a Haribo ring. Yes, it was just as cute and not half as cheesy as it sounds.
And this year, our anniversary just so happened to fall on Pancake Day. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, right? (I’ve checked. It actually will happen again… provided we both live to the age of 99.)
So let’s dive right into my pancake recipe. Then we can get onto toppings (including the incred S’mores Pancake).
I always double my pancake recipes (this one comes ready doubled, in case you do the same). Batter can be kept in the fridge for a day or two, so make a big batch and you’ll have breakfast sorted for tomorrow.
This recipe is for the English-style flat pancakes, rather than the thicker, smaller American pancakes. I LOVE both types of pancakes, but for Pancake Day it must be English pancakes.
My biggest tip for making pancakes is that the first couple you make will be the worst. You’re still getting used to how hot the pan is, how much batter to use, etc. So make it for friends and give them the rubbish ones 😉
Makes about eighteen pancakes, depending on the size of your frying pan.
- Plain Flour (200g)
- Eggs (4)
- Milk (600ml)
- Oil (for frying)
- Toppings! (see below)
- Dump your flour in a bowl.
- Crack your eggs and beat them in a cup.
- Make a well in the middle of your flour and pour in the eggs.
- Beat with an electric whisk until combined.
- Pour in the milk bit by bit, whisking all the time.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Pop some oil on a bit of kitchen roll and wipe around the pan.
- Transfer your batter into a jug. This makes it much easier to control the amount you’re pouring and to fill in any gaps.
- Pour some batter into the frying pan. Swirl it around to make sure the batter coats the bottom of the pan. Feel free to pour in a bit more batter to fill in any empty spots.
- After 30 seconds or so, use a spatula to loosen the edges of the pancake, until it can slide freely across the pan. You can lift up the edges to see how brown the bottom is.
- When the bottom is a nice golden brown – FLIP IT!You can toss it if you like (flick the edge of the pan rather than doing it straight upwards). Or you can use the spatula if you’re less adventurous.
- When the underneath is cooked, slide it onto a plate.
- It’s Topping Time! (Top O’Clock? Which is better?)
Toppings are the most exciting part of Pancake Day. I’ll be honest, I started planning my pancake toppings about a week ago. Here’s what we had on offer yesterday:
- caster sugar
- lemon juice
- maple syrup
- chocolate (good quality milk, dark and white)
- Marshmallow Fluff
You might also like to try:
- cream (whipped or squirty)
- ice cream
- savoury stuff like bacon, eggs and cheese
I’ll take you through some of my favourite combos.
Sugar and lemon is the traditional pancake topping. Sprinkle sugar over the entire pancake and drizzle lemon juice on top. Roll up from one edge and eat.
(I was never a fan of lemon juice, so my go-to first pancake is always just plain sugar.)
Super Sweet Tooth
Beware, if you’re not a sugar maniac, you may not be able to handle this pancake. This is a great one to have when you’ve just had a maple syrup pancake. There’ll be sauce left on your plate (feel free to add some more if there’s not enough). Pop your pancake on top, sprinkle sugar over the inside of the pancake, roll, and eat. You may need a knife and fork – this one’s pretty sticky!
One of the best things known to man. Immediately after you’ve flipped your pancake, top it with some squares of chocolate. My top choice is white and milk together, but go with your favourite.
Leave it in the pan for the chocolate to melt and the underneath of the pancake to cook. Then fold it in half and slip onto a plate.
Feel free to also add some bananas or strawberries in the middle (after the chocolate has melted). And then some cream or ice cream on top!
You knew it was coming. It’s the real reason you came here.
Pop the pancake on a plate. Spread Marshmallow Fluff on half the pancake, and Nutella on the other half.
Next, take your cook’s blow torch, and heat the Marshmallow Fluff until it’s nice and toasty. Try not to burn it (like I did the first time).
Then fold in half and devour. Pure heaven <3
(What do you mean, you don’t have a cook’s blow torch? Go get one!* They’re basically the coolest kitchen gadget it’s possible to own.)
Anyways, Happy Pancake Day. Let me know in the comments if you have any AWESOME pancake toppings that would put mine to shame.
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