Shrove Tuesday is the 16th February this year. A day of former religious significance, is now chiefly marked by feasting and celebration. Certainly if you are planning on abstinence throughout Lent, Tuesday is the time for one last blowout.
We have all the ingredients for some truly indulgent pancakes to help you through lockdown.
Local free range eggs, flour and fresh milk. Longmans butter is churned in Somerset using milk local to the dairy. They separate the milk, and churn the cream with sea salt to make a delicious butter.
Extra hints and tips:
Pancakes can be made easily by using a ‘cup’ ratio of two eggs to the same level of flour and twice as much milk. Don’t forget to add a little salt and some butter (melt it first)
For a lump-free batter, make a well in the flour and slowly incorporate the liquid.
Wipe your frying pan with the butter using kitchen paper.
Extra rich pancakes can be made if use one large egg plus two small yolks.
To make softer pancakes, turn the heat down after adding the batter to the frying pan.
The pancake flip is all part of the fun. Wait until one side of the batter has cooked and shuffle the pancake to the front edge of the pan then, confidently, flip the pancake with a good flick of the wrist.
This is where the calories can really stack up. The topping is down to personal preference. You can keep it simple and go with the traditional oranges and lemons. Spanish Navel oranges are in season and really good at the moment, but pancakes are great with any fresh fruit really. The sweeter toothed may opt for maple syrup, a fruit couli, chocolate sauce or local honey or Ringswood ice cream. My own preference is strawberries and clotted cream though sadly it’s still too early for our strawberries, so I will have to wait for that one.