Pancake day is right around the corner. Why not try making these traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar?
Wondering how to make English pancakes? Not sure how hard it is? What if I told you it is really easy? You can cook up a batch of pancakes in thirty minutes or less and have the whole family wanting more. Read my complete guide to making English pancakes with lemon and sugar to find out how. You will be impressing the family in no time.
Pancake day is nearly here, a day when it is traditional to eat pancakes.
As a child I always looked forward to my mum making pancakes. Now I make pancakes for my son. He never forgets pancake day and always requests them.
Pancake day is the one day when you know most households in the UK will be eating the same meal – English pancakes with lemon and sugar.
You don’t just have to make pancakes on pancake day, they make a delicious dessert at any time.
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday marks the start of the abstinence of Lent. It has many different names in different countries and different ways of celebrating it. In New Orleans they celebrate with the Mardi Gras. The origins of the name come from the French for Fat Tuesday. Pancake recipes vary from country to country as well.
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Pancake Day always falls on a Tuesday but the date is different every year. It depends on the date of Easter. This date changes depending on the cycles of the moon.
Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday is a day when it is traditional to eat pancakes. Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent and pancakes are made to use up all the milk, butter and eggs in the house. These are forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.
English pancakes with lemon and sugar are the traditional pancakes most people make in the UK for pancake day. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to get a complete printable recipe.
Ingredients for English Pancakes
English pancakes are made with a simple batter which is made from three ingredients:
You will also need a little butter or oil to put in the frying pan to cook them.
Making the pancakes is quick and easy but making the perfect pancake takes a little bit of time.
If you use a good non-stick pan you should be fine.
If you are still worried the secret is to ensure the pan has a good covering of oil or melted butter before you add the batter. Pour the oil or put the butter into the centre of the hot pan. Swirl the oil round the pan until the surface is completely covered.
Kids always have great fun trying to flip the pancake. Make lots of batter as there are bound to be some disasters!
When the pancake moves freely around the pan it is ready to flip. Tip the pan so the pancake slides forward to the edge. With a flick of your wrist move the pan up in a smooth fast motion. The pancake should fly up and you just need to catch it.
If you are making a big stack of pancakes you can put the oven on low and place them on a plate in the oven when they are ready. This will keep the pancakes warm until you are ready to serve.
Don’t worry if you have more pancakes than you can eat. Pancakes freeze very well.
Just layer them on top of each other with some greaseproof paper between them. Place the stack of pancakes into a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. When you want to use them just defrost them.
To reheat them just heat a frying pan and cook each pancake for about thirty seconds on each side.
Why not pin the recipe to try later?
You can either put the toppings on top of a flat pancake, like a pizza or roll the pancake round the topping.
Whilst traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar are always a big hit on pancake day they are not the only option. Why not mix it up by trying a different pancake recipe? You could have make savoury pancakes and serve them for dinner. Crispy chicken and bacon pancakes are ideal for this and really tasty. For something a little sweeter you could try making Indonesian pancakes. The bright green colour will cause a stir. Play it safe and make a stack of American pancakes for breakfast. These are always a crowd pleaser.
Are you making pancakes for pancake day? What style are you making? Let me know below.