Published: Saturday 1st Mar 2014
Written by: Laura Foster
Are you getting excited? It’s only a few days until Pancake Day and any date dedicated to food is a winner with me.
Now the big question is.... Will you satisfy your sweet tooth and go for the traditional lemon & sugar or go for something savoury which is often overlooked like cheese and ham?
Personally, I think I will be going for chocolate and banana….. Any excuse to eat chocolate! However there are so many other options like Blueberry, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Peanut Butter, Apple, Ice-Cream, Caramel, Yoghurt and Syrup to name just a few! How about getting the children involved and using a drop of food colouring into the mix to make some rainbow coloured pancakes. Yum Yum!
Staying in North Norfolk, then there is nowhere better to head for Pancakes than the Albatros in Wells-Next-The-Sea. This 114 year old, former Dutch cargo ship is now permanently moored among the pleasure crafts and fishing boats in the harbour. It is currently run as a pancake restaurant, bar and music venue and offers a very unique experience of feeling like you are on a pirate ship whilst enjoying the stunning views over the harbour.
Not sure which recipe to go for, then I can highly recommend giving Delia’s Smith basic pancakes recipe a try. (See below)
110g plain flourPinch of salt2 large eggs200ml semi-skimmed milk, mixed with 75ml water50g butter
Sift the flour & salt into a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs using an electric whisk or a balloon whisk.
When the mixture starts thicken, gradually add small quantities of the milk & water mixture.
When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
Melt the butter in the pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it when needed to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round.
Make sure the pan is really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and to start with, do a test pancake to see if you're using the correct amount of batter. 35mls is about right for the Delia Online Frying Pan.
Hold the ladle so that the base is very close to the bottom of the pan then pour in the mixture.
As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter.
Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan on to a plate.
Serve sprinkled with a little sugar and lemon juice.