Happy Pancake day!
Pancake day was traditionally celebrated by Christians, as a way of marking the start of the 40 days of Lent. Pancakes were made to use up animal foods such as eggs and milk, which were considered luxury and therefore given up during the Christian holiday of Lent.
But today, pancake day has become a day that everyone enjoys! Most big supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsburys and Aldi sell pre made pancakes. But by far, the yummiest (and cheapest) way is to make them from scratch!
Pancakes come in various forms, ranging from sweet crepes, to savoury pancake wraps. My absolute favourite type of pancake is a Scotch pancake. Real Scottish pancakes (also known as Scotch pancakes or drop scones) are thicker and fluffier than crepes. AND, they’re really cheap and simple to make.
Not only are Scotch pancakes really easy to prepare and cook, but they’re versatile and can be adapted to suit your preferences! They are delicious hot or cold!
Scotch pancake ingredients –
230g of self-raising flour
20g of caster sugar
40g of melted butter
1 egg, whisked
Oil or melted butter (for frying)
Step 1. Whisk the egg, milk and melted butter together in a large bowl.
Step 2. Mix in the flour and sugar until you have a lump free batter. It should be thick in consistency.
Step 3. Grease a frying pan by wiping it with oil or melted butter.
Step 4. Carefully spoon two tablespoons of pancake batter onto the pan. Each pancake should be around 2/3 tablespoons in size. Aim for around 2 or 3 pancakes on your pan – but remember to leave spaces in between your pancakes as they will rise as they cook!
Step 5. Cook on a medium to low heat for around 30 seconds, until you see little bubbles appear on the surface. When bubbles appear, flip the pancake in the air to change sides, (if you’re feeling brave!) Alternately, use a spatula to flip the pancake over.
Step 6. You’ll know the pancake is ready when the surface is a lovely golden colour! Repeat the process until the batter is finished! Serve hot or cold, enjoy!
Topping ideas! ⁃ Lemon and sugar ⁃ Sliced banana and caramel sauce ⁃ Peanut butter and chocolate chips ⁃ Strawberries and cream ⁃ Chopped apple and cinnamon
Once cooled, the pancakes are tasty with jam and butter!