So, once again, Pancake Day is upon us, and while this year it doesn’t fall on my birthday (as it did last year), it is still a day I really enjoy. I have no interest in whatever religious significance the day has, I just know it as the one day a year when you are expected to eat pancakes (as opposed to the other 364 when they’re still just as tasty). Naturally, this meant I was back in the kitchen, cooking up a batch.
There’s nothing special about the recipe here, just a simple batter made from plain flour (120g), 2 eggs, 225ml Milk, a pinch of salt and a little vegetable oil (helps stop it sticking to the pan). (These quantities are approximate, you may need a little more flour, or milk, to get the consistency right.) The real issue here of course is the topping or filling! I always have at least 1 with the traditional combination of sugar and lemon juice (sometimes lime juice), and 1 with Golden Syrup (no Maple Syrup here!). I also eat them flat, but they work just as well folded up, crepe style, but I never enjoy them as much this way.
But pancakes don’t have to be sweet, and while some may see this as a travesty, I like savoury pancakes too. Over the years I’ve found that cheese and pickle works really well. Once the pancake is cooked, spread some pickle on the top, and cover it with grated cheese, then pop it under the grill. This melts the cheese and gives you a really nice savoury snack. As the batter is plain (unsweetened), you can try any combination of sweet or savoury ingredients to accompany them. If I was feeling healthy, I’d have some fruit with them, perhaps some sliced banana or strawberries.
However you choose to eat them, whatever your reasons are for celebrating Pancake Day, and regardless of what toppings you may eat them with, I hope you’re having a successful pancake day! Remember, don’t be afraid to experiment with new toppings you’ve not had before; if you like them with other things, maybe in a sandwich, then I’m sure you’ll like them just as much on a pancake!