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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake Day

Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Photo taken from weheartit.com
So, pancake day (or for some of you out there, Shrove Tuesday) has arrived again. It's time to whip out those pans and start flipping. If you're a complete novice when it comes to cooking, just like I was when I moved out last year, don't you worry your pretty little mind. Pancakes really are one of the easiest things you can make without a microwave.

Here's a simple recipe you can follow to be successful in the pancake department. 
Ingredients:
  • 100g of flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml of milk
  • oil or butter
Firstly you'll want to beat the egg in a bowl using a fork or whisk. Next, in a separate bowl, sift in the flour and salt. Make a little well in the middle and pour the egg in with a splash of milk. Beat these together, gradually adding more milk until you have a smooth, thin consistency of batter.

Now, you'll want to heat up a relatively small frying pan with a little oil or butter. Pour in (or ladle), enough of your pancake mix to just about cover the bottom of the pan. This takes practice as you won't want your pancakes to be too thick or too thin. Cook until the bottom of the pancake starts to brown. You can check this by lift the pancake at the edge with a spatula.

Here comes the fun part, once the bottom has started to brown you need to flip the pancake over to cook the other side for approximately 2 minutes (extra points if you flip it higher than your head).
Apparently the perfect flip follows this formula: 
L = 4×H /π– D / 2
(L = hand distance from inner edge of the pancake / H = height of flip / D = diameter of pancake)

Once the two minutes are up, slide your masterpiece onto a plate and decorate with the toppings of your choice. My favourite toppings are a mix up of the following: sugar and lemon, Nutella chocolate spread, bananas, butter and golden (maple) syrup.

(Here's another recipe that Vogue have uploaded that includes a grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free pancake recipe for those of you that may want to avoid certain ingredients).

Congratulations on becoming a pancake goddess (or god). Hope you all enjoy pancake day as much as I do, and don't grow too many food babies. Let me know what you'll be putting on your pancakes, is there anything I should try?