It’s that time of year again, when I celebrate the start of lent by feasting on sweet pancakes, and then fail to actually give anything up for lent!
I have to admit, I much prefer traditional buttermilk pancakes, which are thick and sweet already, but on pancake day I always opt for these crepe like pancakes, which are so simple to make.
To make these you will need:
100g plain flour
1 large egg
250ml milk (full fat or semi-skimmed will do)
1 tsp melted butter
Toppings of your choice! Let your imagination run wild!
This isn’t the best recipe to involve small children in, but as long as you don’t let them play with a hot frying pan, the only harm they can do is make a mess!
Once you have gathered your ingredients sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Then make a well and crack in the egg. Add a little drop of milk (about 30ml) and beat it all together using a wooden spoon until it is a smooth as you can get it.
Then add the melted butter and gradually add the rest of the milk, beating it until it has a smooth consistency. Be careful not to add too much milk too early as then it becomes harder to beat out any lumps.
Once you have your mixture pour it into a jug. It will be quite thin. Ideally, this should be made hours in advance, but at a minimum let it rest for 15 minutes.
Bring a small frying pan to a medium/high heat. I use frylight spray, but you could use a small amount of oil or butter if desired.
Slowly pour a small amount of the pancake batter into the centre of the pan and give the pan a little swirl to encourage the mixture to the edge. You should only be using enough mixture to just cover the base of the frying pan.
Cook for about 1 minute on each side. You will know when the first side is ready as the mixture will start to bubble. Whether you then choose to turn them with a fish slice, or toss them in the air, is entirely up to you!
To serve I like traditional lemon juice and sugar, or golden syrup. However, it really is up to you. These can be either savoury or sweet depending on what you choose to serve them with. You could have bacon and eggs if you wanted!