Plan the perfect Pancake Day
From tasty pancake recipes to a clean kitchen afterwards.
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is fun for everyone. There’s nothing more delicious than wolfing down a steaming-hot pancake, lavished in syrup, sugar and lemon – or your own favourite topping – on a cold February day.
Making pancakes doesn’t have to be a major undertaking, you can get flipping with as little as a basic whisk, frying pan, measuring bowl and spatula.
To help you get going we’ve got a basic pancake batter recipe for you below, so you can see how simple it can be. Just sprinkle on some sugar and devour!
Tools for the job
The most time-consuming and messiest part of Pancake Day is mixing the pancake batter itself. Unless you’re a Russian shot-put champion, arm-ache can set in quickly, especially if you’re making enough mix for a big family.
Consider the Breville SHM2 food mixer. This clever dual-use hand and stand mixer can power through pancake batter in its 2-litre mixing bowl.
The 380 watt motor is also powerful enough to handle dough and comes with dough hooks just for that. So it can be put to good use long after Pancake Day, while it’s a fraction of the cost of the usual stand mixers.
With your implements ready a basic pancake recipe is simple. You’ll need:
- 110g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 medium eggs
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
- 75ml water
- Butter for cooking
- Tasty toppings of your choice
- Frying pan, spatula, two mixing bowls, whisk.
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Crack the eggs into another bowl and briefly whisk, mix in to this the water and milk.
- Make a well in the flour and slowly add a small amount of the combined egg, water and milk.
- Using a whisk start to combine the mixture, adding a little more liquid as the flour absorbs what you’ve already added.
- Once all the liquid has been incorporated beat into a smooth batter with no lumps.
- Using a small frying pan on a moderate heat, melt some of the butter. If the butter starts to smoke, the frying pan is too hot. Ladle a small amount of batter into the frying pan, enough to almost cover the base, and evenly spread it out to fill the rest by carefully rotating the pan.
- Cook the pancake for one to two minutes until its set, and use a spatula to loosen the pancake’s edges. Carefully flip and cook the other side for one minute or until it’s ready.
- Pop your freshly cooked pancake on to a plate and cover in your favourite topping. Enjoy!
Looking for more inspiration?
We have a host of tasty pancake recipes over on Tesco Real Food for you try, experiment with or take inspiration from. Here are our top recommendations:
Pancakes with Bananas and Vanilla ice cream
A classic pancake combination that’s always sure to please.
Stacked pancakes with chocolate, fruit and jam
Spend a little extra time and get a mouth-watering combination of sweet flavours.
Boozy baked banana pancake rolls
One for mum and dad to enjoy with a splash of liqueur and brown sugar.
Goat’s cheese and vegetable savoury pancake
Fancy something a little different? This savoury pancake is a gourmet’s delight!
Gluten-freen prawn stuffed pancakes
Don’t miss out if you’re gluten intolerant with this different seafood pancake.
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