Violet is a little bit famous on our playground for her love of pancakes – I’m not exaggerating when I say at least twice a week she comes running out of school to beg me for pancakes for tea – this is all year round, not just around Shrove Tuesday.
When I was asked a while ago to take part in the Idealo Pancake Day Challenge then, there was no thinking to be done. The challenge is between a group of bloggers to come up with the most interesting way of having pancakes. Idealo even sent me a fabulous Le Creuset Crepe Pan with which to practice – I never even knew such a thing existed! I will admit that we are a bit conventional when it comes to our fillings for pancakes – yep, its good old sugar and lime juice for us. Occasionally we do go a bit wild though and throw in some Nutella!
I make pancakes so often though that I do try to make them look a bit different – if only to make it a bit more interesting for me stood by the stove! This week we have been trying pink pancakes in different shapes – the girls requested heart shapes so Ta-Da!! We just follow the recipe below and add some gel food colour – I have found that the liquid food colour just disappears when I used it.
The recipe I use for pancakes is a really simple one – I’ve learnt over the years not to get too hung up on exact measurements (yes, I will admit to adding a bit more milk at the end when both girls still want more and there’s not quite enough mixture left!)
Ingredients: Should be enough for about 2 hungry kids and couple left over for 2 adults
8oz plain flour with a pinch of salt (You can use SR flour if that’s all you’ve got but you don’t need the salt)
22oz milk (ours are a medium thickness so if you prefer thin pancakes then add another couple of oz of milk)
Sunflower Oil to use in the pan
1. Whisk the eggs in a biggish bowl
2. Gradually whisk in the flour and milk alternately until it is all mixed in and hopefully not lumpy.
3. Heat up the pan with a splash of the oil each time you make a pancake
4. Add a ladle full of pancake mix and cook for approx 2 mins on 1st side and 1 minute on 2nd side
Some things you may not know about pancakes:
1. Shrove Tuesday came about as we are supposed to be using up all our dairy products in preparation for fasting during Lent. Lent starts the day after Shrove Tuesday with Ash Wednesday.
2. The first pancakes never turns out well. No reason, its just the law of making pancakes!
3. No matter how much mix you make, the last one always turns out tiny.