Pancake Day recipe

English pancake

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that today is Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. English pancakes are a doddle to make and are traditionally served with lemon juice and sugar. Here’s my simple recipe (actually it’s my mum’s recipe):

What you’ll need:

4 oz/115g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 a pint/285ml of milk
Oil/butter for frying
Lemon juice, sugar or whatever for topping

What to do:

Sieve the flour into a bowl, and beat together with the salt, egg and milk. Grab a frying pan and either melt a tiny bit of butter or spray with it with some oil ( I use olive oil) over a medium hot hob. Once the fat is hot, dollop a spoonful of pancake mixture into the pan – how much you use depends on how big you want your pancakes to be.

Tilt the pan in all directions to spread the mixture around. The first side should be done after a few minutes, once you can lift the pancake away from the pan with a spatula and it’s looks golden brown. Now the important bit.

You can either be boring and flip it over using a spatula or, as tradition dictates, you can toss it in the air so that it flips over and the lands the other way up in the pan. Once you’ve done that, and no doubt scraped a couple of failed attempts off of the floor, cook the second side of the pancake as you did with the first.

Serve with lemon juice and sugar, or if you prefer, mix the sugar with a little cinammon for some added flavour. You can also use savoury toppings, such as cheese, if you don’t have much of sweet tooth.

(The pancake in the picture isn’t mine – it’s from Google images, let me know if it’s yours and you want a credit!).

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