So Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake day is approaching, this year it is 8th March but pancakes should be enjoyed much more frequently than once a year; they are fun to make, children can help out and best of all they make a very affordable dish. Pancakes make a nice midweek dessert for a day when the little ones deserve a treat, and they are especially good on days when you have served a lighter meal such as soup for dinner.
Traditionally in Sweden families enjoy soup and pancakes for dinner every Thursday. Make sure you make some extra pancakes and you will have enough for lunchboxes the next day. These ones are classic thin pancakes – not the thick American type. For gluten free pancakes just substitute the flour for gluten free flour.
Ingredients 4 portions, makes 8-10 pancakes
|| 1 pint
|| 125 gram
|| 1/2 tsp
|| 1-2 tsp
|| 2 tbsp
*For Gluten Free Pancakes use same amount of Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
Make the batter
Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set aside
Beat the eggs together in a bowl
Add half the milk, all the flour, salt and sugar to the eggs
Beat the batter until smooth – no lumps
Add the rest of the milk and the melted butter
The batter should then rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge
Fry the pancakes
Heat a pan, melt a little bit of butter for your first pancake
Pour in enough batter to thinly coat the base of the pan
When the edges starting to brown, flip the pancake over with a spatula
Fry the other side for a couple of minutes
Remove pancake from the pan and put on a plate, you can put a strip of baking sheet between the pancakes to keep them separated.
Repeat with remaining batter... you only need to add a little bit of butter for every third pancake, depending on your pan.
The first pancake will probably not come out great but they will improve. Fry pancakes on medium high heat. Don't put too much batter in the pan - they should be thin.
Fillings suitable for lunchboxes:
- Ham, herbs, cottage cheese
- Chicken mayo Or Prawn mayonnaise
- Sugar and lemon / sugar and cinnamon
- Chocolate spread, such as Nutella
- Peanut butter
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese