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Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Shrove Tuesday Means Pancake Day!

Lemon juice and sugar pancakes

I have very nostalgic memories from my childhood having hurried home from school on Shrove Tuesday for pancakes. Mum would be found in the kitchen with her large mixing bowl starting to make pancake batter. I would stand by her side and marvel in how to make this batter and also how to flip them over. Mum could flip her frying pan with ease and up in the air the pancake would fly to land back down on the other side for cooking. She would say, is this one going to stick on the ceiling or land back in the pan, we would look at each other and giggle! I always asked for lemon juice and sugar on my pancakes as a child. In those days, out would come the plastic jiffy lemon with its lemon juice inside, which I would squeeze over the top finishing off with a sprinkle of caster sugar, oh those were the days!

Caramel sauce and banana pancakes

Rosie’s Pancake Mixture

Serves 4

100g (4 oz) plain flour
2 eggs
200ml (7 fl oz) whole milk with 30ml (1 fl oz) cold water
25g (1 oz) melted butter
A little butter or oil for greasing a frying pan
Filling of choice for sweet pancakes
Fresh lemon juice with caster sugar for sprinkling
Fresh orange juice with caster sugar for sprinkling
Slices of lemon or orange for decoration
Caramel sauce and bananas dusted with a little icing sugar


You will need a well-seasoned frying pan and get this hot before adding the mixture and just before adding the mixture turn it down to a medium heat or the pancake will stick to the pan. Add a little butter or oil on each addition of adding pancake mixture. You will also need a ladle or large jug for pouring the mixture into the pan.

Sieve the flour over a large mixing bowl then make a well in the middle with a spoon. Add the eggs and with a whisk start whisking through the mixture and adding the milk and water mixture a little at a time until you have a smooth batter consistency. (It’s much like a Yorkshire pudding batter but much thinner.) Lastly add the cooled melted butter and whisk through the mixture. Either pour into a large jug or use a ladle for pouring the mixture into the frying pan.

With the prepared frying pan greased with a little butter or oil add enough mixture to coat the middle and swirl the mixture around the pan to coat the whole base. This saves having a heavy thick pancake. Leave to cook until the bottom of the pancake is cooked about a minute, then flip it over with a fish slice and cook the other side in the same way.

Place the pancakes on plates or stack them up with non-sick paper between each layer until required.

For the filling, choose which one you desire and then fold each pancake over in half. Sprinkle a little more lemon, orange juice and caster sugar over the top or for the caramel banana pancakes, sprinkle a little extra caramel over and a sifting of icing sugar before serving.


James said...

I had a spot on local radio this afternoon talking about pancake making, and banoffee pancakes were the presenters choice too. I prefer nigella's american pancakes with maple syrup and clotted cream - very healthy.

Jeena said...

I bet you had a great pancake day Rosie, these pancakes look so delicious. :-)

Maria said...

Hi Rosie, your pancakes look a treat and I wouldn't say no to those toffee banana pancakes, yuumy! My plan was to make some pancakes this evening but I wasn't feeling too great.


Donna said...

Ahhhh Miss Rosie! One of my breakfast favorites! I slather them in butter, sprinkle (liberably) with powdered sugar then sprinkle wwith real lemon juice....OhGoodness!! Talk about good!! Thanks for the "eye treat"!! hughug

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Lemon and powdered sugar crepe-like pancakes are sooooo good. Yours look lovely. :D

Bellini Valli said...

Happy Pancake day Rosie :)

Pixie said...

Oh yea! Bring on the pancakes! *giggles* I saw the news about pancakes yesterday morning, and told BU, "we should have made pancakes today!" Oh well, there's always the weekend. :)

Happy cook said...

Here in Belgium also it is caleed pancake tuesday and i make them too. But we had to goto Brussels yesterday and didn't make them.
Pancake with banana and the saucs looks so so delicious

Rosie said...

Hi James, what a coincidence with the banoffee pancakes and lovely to hear about you being on the radio too! I have Nigella's books so I must look up this recipe and try it out. I bet crispy bacon and maple syrup would be delicious :)

Hi Jeena, oh it was lovely and it brought so many fond memories flooding back from my childhood :)

Lovely to *see* you both and many thanks for your lovely comments :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, oh sweetie I hope you are feeling much better now!!

I am sure once you're feeling up to it your boys will be having their little treat of pancakes ;)

You take care and put those feet up healing hugs your way!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Donna, *yeah give me a high five* lol a girl after my own heart real lemon juice and sugar must try the butter next time yum!!!! :)

Sending hugs straight back ;)

Hi Sally, Welcome to my little blog and lovely to *see* you here! Awe thanks for your lovely comment too :D

Hi Val, and also to you sweetie Happy Pancake Day :)

Hi Pixie, I am sure you will just as much enjoy your pancakes when you make them. I love pancakes filled with cooked chicken and a white sauce topped with cheese and baked off in the oven Yummy.

Lovely to *see* you all and many thanks for your lovely comments! :)

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Happy, I learn't something here it being called pancake Tuesday in Belgium! What a pity you didn't get to make them but you can have them as a treat perhaps at a later date? The toffee banana pancake hubby really did enjoy lol

Thank you as always for calling by and your very kind comment :)

Rosie x

Antonia said...

Oh what delicious-looking pancakes! Yum. I was travelling for work yesterday and so missed out on pancakes. I searched everywhere in Glasgow for a restaurant serving pancakes, but failed to fine one. I think I'll have to make some this weekend to make up for it! I'm a traditional lemon and sugar fan, but that caramel banana topping could easily convince me otherwise. Delicious!

Sagari said...

Rosie that caramel sauce and bananas looks ooooo tempting

Half Baked said...

Yumm Hope you had a happy pancake day! they look wonderful:)

Uma said...

Wow, what a lovely pancake! I am going to try it for sure. Thanx.

Cakespy said...

Rosie, I can't think of one thing that could make these better! A perfect Brunch dish!

Rosie said...

Hi Antonia, what a disappointment missing out on your pancakes but I am sure you will be flipping your very own lovely pancakes this weekend. Oh me too I’m a traditional girl and adore lemon and sugar pancakes too :D

Hi Sagari, this was my hubby’s favourite too :D

Hi Half Baked, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here and many thanks! :D

Hi Uma, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here too! :D Enjoy your pancakes too :D

Hi Cakespy, awe thank you :D

Many thanks for all your very kind words and also for stopping by!

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Caramel sauce and banana pancakes - drool. Save some for me!!

Rosie said...

Hi Cakelaw, I will I promise ;)

Thanks for calling by too!

Rosie x

amysep said...

My British husband introduced Pancake Day when we were first dating. It's now a tradition in our Brooklyn, NY apartment. In fact, he wrote a post about this same thing on our blog! We made a sweet and a savory one for dinner. Is it true that only 1 in 20 British households actually celebrate Pancake Day? A British friend who just came to visit us told us this, but I refuse to believe it! amy @

Rosie said...

Hi amysep :)

Welcome so nice to *see* you here!
What I gather this is true that 1 in 20 British households actually celebrate Pancake Day! I must be a traditionalist at heart heehee and still cooking up pancakes *giggle*.

I will be popping along to your blog very soon :)

Thanks for calling by :)

Rosie x