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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Shrove Tuesday can only mean one thing...Pancakes

Makes about 8
125g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
225ml whole or semi-skimmed milk 
Small knob of butter
1. Sift the flour in a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, and pour the egg and the yolk into it. Mix the milk with 2 tbsp water and then pour a little in with the egg and beat together.
2. Whisk the flour into the liquid ingredients, drawing it gradually into the middle until you have a smooth paste the consistency of double cream. Whisk the rest of the milk in until the batter is more like single cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
3. Heat the butter in a frying pan on a medium-high heat – you only need enough fat to just grease the bottom of the pan. It should be hot enough that the batter sizzles when it hits it.
4. Spread a small ladleful of batter across the bottom of the pan, quickly swirling to coat. Tip any excess away. When it begins to set, loosen the edges with a thin spatula or palette knife, and when it begins to colour on the bottom, flip it over with the same instrument and cook for another 30 seconds.
To Serve: the possible pancake toppings are endless, anything sweet or sour, fruity or savoury goes down pretty well. Listed below are a couple of ideas:
The Traditional - Sugar and Lemon - who can beat it?
Hazelnut Chocolate Spread with or without sliced bananas
Creme Fraiche and berries of any juicy sort
Chocolate sauce - swirls and swirls of it.

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