Happy Pancake Day!
Pancake day falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. This tradition is born of the desire to fill up and use food before the 40 days and 40 nights of fasting, which replicates Jesus Christs’ withdrawal to the desert for 40 days.
Pancake day is a great way to find fun with food and sharing a meal with the family. Embrace the mess and get creative. The children can help mix the batter, pour, and even try flipping with an adults help. Lay the table with small amounts of fillings on plates and bowls, so the children can get creative, make faces, and enjoy the opportunity to share in fun at the table.
100g Plain Flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
1tsp sunflower oil
Pinch of salt
Mix the flour and the salt. Create a well and crack in the two eggs, mix into the middle slowly with the milk to make a thick batter. Mix well, and add more milk if it becomes too thick.
Heat the pan to a medium heat, glaze with oil on kitchen paper and spoon in the mixture, swirling to the sides of the pan to an even thickness. Leave for 30 seconds to cook.
Take a fish slice under the pancake to separate it from the pan, and once this has been done turn and flip. Continue to cook on the other side for 30 seconds and then remove to a warm plate.
Place the plate on the table for the children to serve themselves and enjoy the feast.
Ideas for toppings:
Raisins, chocolate spread, squirty cream, smarties, honey, crushed nuts, chopped fruit, chocolate chips, berries, squeezed lemons, and sugar!