Growing up, quite often, Pancake Day landed on my birthday (5 March, don’t forget!). Not only was this already the best day of the year due to my birthday, but I also got to eat pancakes for my birthday tea!
Obviously I've grown up slightly now, however, Pancake Day is always a great fun day in my household. We all get stuck in making the batter and flipping the pancakes…then scrapping them from the ceiling after my overly ambitious husband’s turn!
Below I have included my own personal recipe for my pancake batter, I will do my best to give you some tips for the cooking, however, even the best cooks can struggle with a pancake!
You will need:
1 cup of large free range eggs
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of semi-skimmed milk
Pinch of salt
(Tip: You can use a standard size measuring cup, or anything you have in your cupboard. As these are all equal amounts, so long as you use the same cup, the recipe stays that same!)
- Measure all your ingredients into a mixing bowl (beat your eggs a little before adding).
- Mix with a whisk until beautifully smooth (An electric whisk is always an advantage).
- The batter should have the consistency of slightly thick pouring cream, you can always add slightly more milk to loosen the batter.
- Leave the batter in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to rest (I always do this, however, if you can't wait, don't worry too much).
Next comes the fun bit!
- Heat your pan over a moderate heat, then wipe with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture to make a thin even layer. Leave to cook for about 30 seconds, if the pan is at the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden after around 30 seconds and will be ready to turn.
- If you want to have a go at flipping your pancakes, hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds. You can then flip the pancake as much as you want!
- Once the pancake is completely cooked, flip onto a warm plate and continue to the next one.
In our house, the toppings range from lemon, sugar, treacle or ice cream, to savoury pancakes with cheese and ham, or mince and onions!
We’d love to see pictures of your pancakes and any weird toppings you have had this year!
Interested in more recipes? Book a self-catering castle stay and we will send you a full recipe book of ideas. I've included a few ideas for you below.