Pancakes Galore – Shrove Tuesday

Today’s Shrove Tuesday (if you don’t know what that is, wikipedia has all the background).  When I was a child, Shrove Tuesday meant that we got pancakes for tea.  Guess what my kids are getting for dessert tonight?

I’ll be using my granny’s (frugal with a capital F…) pancake recipe.  A recipe which I’ve been using for over 30 years.  Eek – I feel old!  I’ve blogged granny’s recipe before but am reposting today in case you missed it first time around.  Come flip with me? 🙂

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Here’s my (dearly departed) Granny’s pancake recipe. I must have written it down around 1981 because it’s written on the same pink paper I used to write down the lyrics to “Vienna” by Ultravox – which was a whole blogpost in itself! 😉

The recipe makes about 10 small, fairly thin pancakes – the type we call ‘dropped scones’ in Scotland – which is just enough for me and the kids’ breakfast (we eat them after we’ve had our müsli/porridge oats). If you like your pancakes bigger and thinner, add more milk. If you want smaller ‘blini’ style pancakes, use a bit more flour. If you want them fatter, add a teeny bit of baking powder. And if you want more pancakes, double or triple the recipe! ;D

You’ll need:

  • 4oz or 100g or 4 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of oil (doesn’t matter which kind)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pint or 1/2 cup of milk

Beat the ingredients together with a fork or whisk. Pour small ladlefuls of the mixture into a hot frying pan. I can normally get three or four of them into the pan at a time. Flip them over when they look ‘dry’ on the top and finish cooking. Repeat until you’re done then…bon appétit!

Happy Shrove Tuesday – hope it’s a flippin’ good one! 🙂