Whether you like to cover your pancakes in lashings of melted chocolate, or opt for the traditional lemon and sugar, it's time to experiment.
Historically, Shrove Tuesday was a chance for people to use up perishable foods before they began their fast for Lent. Today, Shrove Tuesday has become a time for families and friends to come together for some fun.
What you need for perfect pancakes:
The success of your pancake depends on the right tools for the job, as well as the ingredients. Use a non-stick frying pan, or best of all a pan designed specifically for the job.
- To create the perfect batter, check out the John Lewis Orb mechanical scale in striking yellow, with easy-to-read dial in metric an imperial
- Just beat it: this John Lewis stainless steel balloon whisk is an all-year-round kitchen essential
- And of course you need a great flipper like thisflexible silicon OXO Good Grips turner!
- If you're going traditional lemon and sugar, try this sugar shaker for even distribution
- When you're finished with your lemon, this Joie lemon storage pod will keep it fresh and firm in the fridge
- Exercise perfection with these Joie Silver Dollar pancake rings, giving you a rounded finish that’s easy to stack
- Finally, set off your culinary masterpieces by serving on these PiP Studio Royal Collection plates, for elegance with a splash of colour
For a classic 8-pancake recipe, you'll need:
- 110g of plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 200ml of milk mixed with 75ml of water
- 50g butter
- a pinch of salt
First, sift the flour into a bowl using a fine sieve and then make a well in the middle and break the eggs into it.
Start whisking them together, before gradually adding the milk and water until you have a thin, cream-like consistency.
Melt the butter in a pan and add 2tbsp to the batter mixture. Use the rest of it to smear around your pancake pan before you make each pancake.
Here’s a list of handy tips for cooking the perfect pancake:
- Pre heat your pan on the stove without any oil or butter for 1 minute on a medium heat, then pour in a little and start cooking.
- Don't over-mix the batter, or you'll develop the gluten, making your pancakes tough not tender!
- To get consistent good sized pancakes, use a 1/4 or 1/3 cup measure for the batter. Any leftover batter may be stored up to a week in the fridge.
- Any excess pancakes (unlikely if you follow these tips!!) can be stored in the freezer. Wrap them in a baking sheet and freeze them, but don't stack them directly on top of each other
- Let your creativity run riot and remember that pancakes don't only have to be served on Shrove Tuesday!
The final ingredient for a successful Pancake Day is hob cleaner! This powerful formula will cut through the toughest burnt-on drips of batter or stray pieces of pancake that didn't flip into the pan as planned, leaving your hob sparkling clean.