Pancake day is right around the corner. Why not try making these traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar?
Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday is a day when it is traditional to eat pancakes. English pancakes are thin and delicate and taste gorgeous with a topping of lemon and sugar. They are similar to a French crepe and very different from American breakfast pancakes.
American pancakes are much thicker and the batter contains a raising agent. 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.
Pancake day is always popular with children. As a child I always looked forward to my mum making pancakes. Now I am the one who makes pancakes for my son. He never forgets pancake day and always requests them. Bright Horizons, Nursery in Chiswick, have put together some delicious child friendly pancake recipes and asked if I wanted to try them. There is a great choice of pancake recipes, banana and maple syrup pancakes, vegan blueberry pancakes, cherry pancakes with vanilla ice cream or lemon and sugar pancakes. They all look like lovely recipes, perfect to make and share with your kids. I chose to try the English pancakes with lemon and sugar. The traditional is always popular.
How do you make English pancakes? Making the pancakes is quick and easy but making the perfect pancake takes a little bit of time.
The basic recipe is simple. Make the batter by whisking together eggs, milk and flour with a little salt. Take the time to sift the flour first as it helps prevent lumps forming in the mixture. Whisk the batter until is is nice and smooth and let it rest for about ten minutes.
The key to making perfect pancakes is getting the pan hot enough. Melt some butter in the pan and wait until it is sizzling. Pour the batter into the pan using a jug and swirl it around to make a thin layer. Cook until the batter starts to come away from the sides and you can slide it around the pan.
At this point you can flip your pancake to cook the other side. You can either turn it with a spatula or if you are brave try flipping it into the air to turn it. The challenge is catching it on the way down.
Kids always have great fun trying to flip the pancake. Make lots of batter as there are bound to be some disasters!
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.
Simple and tasty traditional english pancakes.
Credit: Bright Horizona
Why not pin the recipe to try later?
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.
Read more: Pancakes from around the world
Are you making pancakes for pancake day? What style are you making? Let me know below.
I was sent the cost of the ingredients to try out this recipe as well as some fun pancake cutters to allow me to make dinosaur shaped pancakes. My opinions are my own.