Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday

Ok so I’m not Christian and therefore have no religious excuse such as Lent to make pancakes, we just love them. You can make savoury or sweet pancakes with fillings such as spinach and feta or lemon and sugar/jam or my favourite, nutella chocolate spread.
To make a basic pancake mixture you will need;

100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
300ml of milk
Oil for frying

Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle then pour some of the milk in to make a smooth paste. Once you have the paste whisk in the remaining milk until you have a batter that is slightly thicker than single cream. Wipe out a non stick frying pan with a little oil and heat until hot. Ladle in some batter tilting the pan for a thin and even layer. Cook until bottom is golden brown and then turn over (if like me you’re bonkers and brave trying tossing but be warned floors will get their unfair share till you get the hang of it!). Spread your filling inside and continue this until you have eaten your fill!
Random pancake facts:

The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is nearly 1000 years old.
The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445.
The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time in the UK is 349 tosses in
2 minutes (Dean Gould, Felixstowe, 14 Jan 1995).
The longest race in the quickest time was held in Melbourne, Australia. Jan Stickland covered 384m in 59.5 seconds on 19 February 1985.
The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01m wide, 2.5cm deep and weighed 3 tonnes (Rochdale, Greater Manchester, August 1994).
It is customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand.
Maple Syrup was originally a sweet drink, discovered by the Algonquin Indians who collected sap from Canadian sugar maple trees and then boiled it to produce 1 litre of pure Maple Syrup from 40 litres of sap

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