America has an enormous impact on trends around the globe. When it comes to pancakes, this is no different.
Their method of making pancakes is different from that of the UK. For example, their pancakes tend to have more fat, and are also fluffier, than English Pancakes.
The first requirement for making English Pancakes is to find a suitable recipe. Once this has been accomplished, it depends on how you set about mixing the ingredients together, as to whether your pancakes will be successful or not.
If you are unfamiliar with making these delicious treats, it will be worth while to run through some handy tips on how to bake them, before attempting the task. Getting tips is easy on the Internet.
Traditional English Pancakes are eaten all over the United Kingdom on Shrove Tuesday. For this reason, it is also called Pancake Day. The aim of this event is to follow a tradition started back in history, where participants in the Lent fast would try and use up all their fatty ingredients and any dairy products in their homes. Accordingly, the key ingredients for these tasty food-items are flour, eggs, and milk.
There is a wide variety of recipes for pancakes, but they are simply variations on a theme. Here is a recipe for traditional English Pancakes:-
INGREDIENTS (makes 8 pancakes):
- 8 teaspoons of olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 110g plain flour
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
- 75ml water
- 16 teaspoons of sugar
- 8 teaspoons of lemon juice
- The two eggs should be whisked, and added to the milk and water.
- The flour should be dredged to make it light and airy.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the egg/milk/water mixture.
- Combine the ingredients only until they are just mixed. Be careful not to over-mix them.
- Heat a frying pan until it is hot. Test it by dropping water onto the pan. If it sizzles and vaporizes it is hot enough.
- Drop a teaspoon of olive oil onto the pan to coat it. Follow this by two to three tablespoons of batter.
- Roll the batter around the frying pan until it covers the bottom thinly.
- Look for signs that the pancake is becoming baked, like the edges separating from the pan and bubbles coming through the batter.
- Once the side is cooked, shake the pancake loose and flip it. (This is the traditional part!)
- After the second side has developed brown spots and dried it can be transferred to a plate.
- Sprinkle lemon juice and sugar over the pancake and roll it up.
Finally, bite across the circular layers and enjoy!