LONDON – Today is Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. It’s the day before the beginning of Lent when Christians consume pancakes, using the main foods available i.e. sugar, flour, eggs before beginning the ritual fasting. Even I got into the swing of things thanks to successful ad placing by Waitrose. The UK is no stranger to mass consumerism and holiday-themed marketing and so for the past week or so we’ve seen plenty of well-placed pancake mixes and ingredients in shops around the city. I admit I fell for it.
There I was, reaching for the boxes of two different types of just-add-water pancake mixes, one American and the other British. I even threw in a jar of nutella. Now I love a ready pancake mix. They’re easy and they make life easier. But once in a while it’s nice to pull out the flour and start measuring ingredients yourself. So, I decided for this post, I will share two pancake recipes that are fun and flop proof.
- Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. The batter will be a bit runny. Let sit for a few minutes.
- Heat up a frying pan and melt some butter making sure it covers the entire surface.
- Pour some batter (about 4-5 tbl) into the pan and spread it all over the surface but be careful not to make it too thin.
- Let it cook and when it is brown on the underside side, flip it and cook the second side.
- Remember the first pancake rule! It’s typically a dud. But soldier on and you’ll be enjoying these pancakes in no time.These pancakes are fun for including topings such as fruit and ice cream or fruit and cream or maple syrup. You typically role them up and then eat them with a knife and fork. This is not a burrito!
Mix all these ingredients together
Mix in a separate bowl and then add to the dry ingredients and mix again.
Heat the frying pan and melt some butter.
Drop 4-5 tbl of batter in the pan and cook. When bubbles form and pop, flip over and cook.
First pancake rule applies with American pancakes - so expect a dud.
Enjoy Canadian maple syrup on these babies.
Did you try the recipes?
Which one did you prefer?