Before moving to the UK in 2002, I had never heard of Shrove Tuesday! Me being fully Jamaican and a country girl, (sort of) I was completely flabbergasted to learn that a day was dedicated to pancakes! Fast forward 16 years later and we completely immerse ourselves in the tradition of eating pancakes with various toppings. To be perfectly honest, I have not been a fan of pancakes but I indulge because the kids absolutely love it.
About 4 years ago, in my other life as a teacher, a dear friend of mine asked if I thought it would be a good idea to show her Year 9 students how to make pancakes. I encouraged her and as the kids were begging, she decided to give it a go! The recipe she said was from her husband who is not a chef at all but I have a feeling, he was, in another life, or at least, he should be!
The reason I say this, is that I’ve been using this recipe ever since and it never fails. I had it on a little piece of paper and it’s the first time I am actually committing it digitally to my computer and the blogosphere so that I don’t ever lose it.
When you give this recipe a go, you will see exactly what I mean
Anyway, this is the recipe:
3 Large eggs
115g SR flour
a pinch of salt
My friend, being the awesome teacher she is, organised her class in groups of 4, gave them the recipe, let them set up their practical area for the actual cooking, then gathered them around her for a quick demonstration. OMG! The aroma was to die for! I was treated to a taste of the first one that was made. It was topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice, but oh my word, it was so delicious. I asked for the recipe there and then and ever since my girls and I have made tons (exaggerating of course) of these. I have also passed on the recipe to so many others who swear by it. Of course, her students too loved the lesson and I’m sure will continue to make them at home as well as pass on the recipe to their loved ones. My view on pancakes has changed too and I now absolutely love them.
Well, I don’t want you to feel left out so I’m sharing with you too.
To make these amazing pancakes you will need:
Separate the eggs. Whites in one bowl, yolks in the other. Add the flour to the egg yolks, then the milk. Mix to make a thick batter. Whisk the whites and salt until they form stiff peaks, Fold in the white into the thick batter until the mixture is smooth. The batter is now ready to be used.
Put a non-stick frying pan to heat, add a bit of butter then ladle on some of the mixture using the bottom of the ladle in a circular motion to gently spread the mixture in the frying pan. after a minute and a half, use a spatula to turn the pancake to the other side. You might want to try some pancake flipping fun at this point.
Continue until the batch of pancakes is done.
There are a variety of toppings out there now to cater for the most discerning of tastes. These include: the usual cinnamon-sugar which you can make yourself, (after all it is just cinnamon mixed with sugar), berries (strawberries are the most popular), chocolate spreads (Nutella is the most popular), golden syrup, lemon juice and I’ve noticed these days that people also use things like ice cream toppings, sprinkles, and strawberry or vanilla syrups too.
Make yourself a batch. I can guarantee you will love it. Enjoy!