Pancake Day, loved by kids and adults alike, is not only a great excuse to fling batter around the house on a school night but it saves on washing up and doesn’t break the bank when it comes to buying ingredients! Here at Wowcher, we’re all about saving you money, so we’ve prepared a short guide to help you make the perfect pancake.
The Pan is mightier than the wok
Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17th this year and if the Scouts taught us anything, it’s ‘be prepared: don’t try to make a pancake in a wok’. You could be the most prolific pancake-flipping professional but without a good pan, you might as well not bother. Your pancake will look crêpe. You’ll need a shallow, non-stick, medium sized pan like this. Once you have the pan, you’re ready.
Creating the pancake mixture is pretty simple, but it would be against a batter judgment to let you tackle it without any of our flipping great tips. Sieve the flour with a pinch of salt to get all the lumps out. Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat them with a dash of dark rum (optional) and vanilla paste. Make a well in the flour and add the egg mixture. Then, gradually add milk and water until the batter is smooth. Lumps in one’s throat is never a good thing so get the batter smoother than George Clooney in a butter bath. We’re talking really smooooth.
Having let the batter settle, melt a knob of butter in your frying pan and whisk it in to the batter before it starts to brown. Now you’re ready to pour the batter into the frying pan. With a ladle bit of luck, two scoops should be enough to thinly cover the pan. Do it carefully though, not like Oliver Twist’s soup chef, more like a Masterchef finalist carefully adding deconstructed jus to a chicken bone. After a few seconds cooking, it’s ShowTime…
Can you flip it?
Can you flip it? Yes you can. Can you flip it? YES YOU CAN! The key is confidence. Believe in your pancake and your pancake will believe in you. Flip the wrist sharply with the perfect amount of up-thrust and your cake will move in the air like Tom Daley doing a backward somersault pike. If you fail on the first flip then DON’T PANIC! Everyone fails first time. Tom Daley probably belly flopped onto a front-crawler the first time he jumped into a pool. Keep practicing, don’t flip your wig if one lands on the cat. Once you’ve nailed the first one, the rest will be a breeze – like tying your shoes or disarming a bomb.
Although your pancakes may be singing ‘don’t top me now, I’m having such a good time’, you have to stop flipping at some point. Carefully slide your creation away from the warm, greasy clutches of the pan and onto the plate. Now you’re ready for the toppings! Here at Wowcher we have selected some of our favourite sweet pancakes:
- Classic lemon and sugar
- Banana, cinnamon and raspberry jam
- Maple syrup
- Blueberries and vanilla ice cream
- Chocolate spread
If sweet is not your thing (really?) then try some savoury recipes like ham and cheese or creamy mushroom. Failing that, experiment and have some fun! Pancake Day is often a good excuse to use up forgotten ingredients and half-eaten spreads. There you have it, the guide to the perfect pancake. Make sure you keep an eye on Wowcher.co.uk for more pantastic offers!
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