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Simple Pancake Recipe

This simple recipe can be used to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday or any other time you fancy eating pancakes. Pancakes are delicious for breakfast, or dessert too, just vary the filling, they are so versatile.

Pancakes are traditionally made on Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day or pancake Tuesday. It's a Tuesday in either February or March and always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. It's the last day before Christian Lent, a time of abstinence and it's traditional on this day to eat pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday Dates
21st Feb 2012
12th Feb 2013
4th March 2014

Ingredients For Pancakes
2 Eggs
110g Plain flour
200ml Milk
50ml Water

Sieve the flour into a bowl, then add the eggs

Put the milk and water into a jug together. Then gradually add the liquid into the flour a bit at a time, mixing well between additions to try to reduce the number of lumps. You can do the mixing with a fork but it will be less lumpy with a hand whisk or electric whisk.

Eventually once all the liquid is added you should have a smooth, fairly runny consistency batter.

Now it's time to cook the batter and make the pancakes.

Heat a little oil in the bottom of the frying pan, then add some batter to cover the centre of the pan, about a couple of tbsp, depending on the size of your pan. Then swish the batter quickly and gently side to side so it covers the whole base.


After a minute or so check the bottom of the pancake and it should be golden. Once golden flip, or toss the pancake over to cook the other side, once that side is cooked too, put onto a warm plate and start the next one. Repeat until all the batter mixture has gone.

Time to serve, traditionally pancakes are served with a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkling of sugar and then rolled up.

Sweet Fillings
Other sweet fillings you could try are:
Chocolate spread
Chocolate spread and sliced banana
Golden syrup
Maple syrup
Crispy bacon with maple syrup – great for a weekend breakfast
A squeeze of fresh orange and sugar
Ice cream and fruit or toffee/strawberry sauce – great as a dessert, especially for children

Savoury Fillings
Consider having savoury fillings for a change, some cheese in the fillings works well
Cooked tomatoes, peppers, onions and feta, mozzarella or cheddar cheese
Chopped up ham and cheddar cheese
Chopped up ham, cooked mushrooms and cheddar cheese
Cooked leeks and ham in a cheese sauce