Pancake Day is on Tuesday 28th February. Come and see us for some really delicious free range eggs that will make for a perfect pancake. Are you ready to get you pan flipping?
What is pancake day?
It is a religious date which is known also as Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove is a corruption of “shrive” which was a term for doing penance for the absolution of your sins). It is always the day before Ash wednesday which is the begining of lent. The date changes every year as it is 47 days before Easter which is a moveable feast; it will however be a some point on the calendar between February 3 and March 9.
Lent is the period of 40 days that leads up to Easter and Christians treat it as a time of reflection and abstinence often avoiding rich foods and luxuries. Shrove Tuesday being the day before is a designated time to use up some of the richer more indulgent ingredients in your larder in particular butter, milk, eggs – hence pancake day. Pancake Day is celebrated globally and known by different names including Mardi Gras (literally “fat Tuesday” in French).
110g plain flour
2 Free Range Eggs from Morley Butchers
200ml Milk mixed with 75ml water
Pinch of salt
Pancake cooking method
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl . Break the eggs into the middle of the flour and start whisking incorporating all the flour.
Keep whisking and slowly add in the milk and water mixture again make sure all the flour from around the edge of the bowl is included. You are ready for the next stage when the batter is smooth (similar to pouring cream)
Next melt the the butter. Add 2 table spoons into the mixture whilst whisking. Use the remaining butter to grease the pan only small smear required each time.
First make sure that you pan is very hot, then reduce to medium heat. Treat the first pancake as a tester to get your quantities right. Cooking for 30 seconds will be about right timing however lift the edge and check to see if it is cooked before you flip. The second side will cook much quicker than the first.