Flipping Good Pancakes

We may be a family of atheists but we love a pancake. So much so that we don’t just reserve them for Shrove Tuesday but enjoy them regularly either as sweet or savoury suppers (you can see us cooking Savoury Brittany Pancakes in this video).

There are many ways to make pancakes more exciting. Rigging up a camera and timer to catch an average looking flip picture is just one of them. Something the children like is when I put all the fillings out in bowls or muffin pans so they can concoct their own combinations. For me there is nothing more sublime than simple lemon and sugar.

I use a classic recipe and most often make a double batch. Recently I acquired a pancake pan about 8.5 inches in diameter which is actually well worth having. The shallow sides make flipping very easy.


Pancake Recipe

250ml (half a pint) milk

1 egg

100g (4oz) plain flour

Makes around 6 – 8 depending on pan size, thickness of pancakes etc

  • Whisk the eggs into the milk making sure to incorporate lots of air.
  • Sieve the flour into the batter and whisk together.
  • Leave the mixture to stand for around half an hour or more.
  • Heat the pan over a medium heat, when it is hot brush with oil to grease the surface.
  • Ladle in enough batter to thinly cover the bottom of the pan and swirl to spread it out.
  • Shake the pan back and forth to loosen the pancake from the bottom or you can run a flexible spatula around the edges.
  • It should only take a minute or two for the bottom to cook, have a peek and when it is ready give it a shake and then flip that baby!
  • The second side should take little more than a minute then it will be ready to slide onto a plate, cover with sugar and lemon and roll up.
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  • Reply Rachael Iddon February 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    There’s something comforting about the rituals of each season isn’t there? I think that’s a large part of the appeal of religion for many people. It’s the joy of passing on traditions to our children. Each year we try to convert them to the joy of pancakes. This could be the year Son Number One finally gets it. Especially if I manage to create some chocolate sauce to go on his.

  • Reply HeatherYoungUk February 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Ridiculous as it sounds, I have yet to persuade Ez and Fonz to eat pancakes. It’s so frustrating as I know they’d like them if they would just put them in their mouths! We’ll be cooking them tonight anyway, so fingers crossed my suspicious toddlers play ball…

    • Reply Kat February 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Your children are crazy buuuuut more for you!

  • Reply Carie February 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Mmmm pancakes – I swear my mouth is watering already. I’ve got to hold out until this evening’s vicarage pancake party and then I’m going all out on the lemon and sugar. Kitty at 17 months already loves her pancakes (flat Yorkshire’s – what’s not to love) but she prefers them plain, I haven’t indoctrinated her to lemon just yet!

    • Reply Kat February 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Betsy has hers plain too and loves them but is an even bigger fan of a Yorkshire!

  • Reply Rachael Iddon February 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Oh dear, mine were very disappointing this year. I must remember to put a new pan on my Christmas wish list. What kind do you use? Mine wasn’t shallow enough. My chocolate sauce was good. Typically, Son Number One hardly ate any. I am going to turn the rest of it into icing for a chocolate cake. He is having a minor op tomorrow so he will need a treat.

    • Reply Kat February 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Oh I hope his op went well and that he enjoyed the cake! I have had a cold the last few months and lost my sense of taste and it really changed how I felt about food. I can’t imagine what years like that must do.

      The pan we got came in a little bundle of gifts from M&S and you can get it for a mere fiver can’t say how it will last but the initial runs have all beed good!

      • Reply Rachael Iddon February 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        Thanks Kat, a fiver sounds good. He had a terribly long day yesterday, nil by mouth from 7.30, went down to theatre about 3pm and didn’t wake up until 5. It wasn’t much fun for my husband either. They ate a very big dinner when they got home and the chocolate cake went down a treat too.

        • Reply Kat March 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

          Chocolate cake is the best!

  • Reply @drubryan February 12, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Oooh I’ll use this this evening thank you “@thatkat: Need a pancake recipe? Step this way…. http://t.co/rxT46RJe”

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