I have only recently learnt that Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is celebrated on a day before Lent day before starting the 40 day fasting and eating not so rich foods like eggs, meat and dairy products. It’s interesting to see how we have embraced just the pancake bit as a tradition and overlooked the fasting bit. Oh, well, I guess that is how it rolls these days. It’s a pick n mix kind of culture. And moreover who doesn’t like pancakes??
We are a small family of three and yet have to struggle when it comes to mealtimes because all three of us have very different tastes. And that is where my favourite breakfast comes into picture – Pancakes! Pancakes are something where you can make the basic recipe and then everyone can choose their toppings right from sweet, savoury, meaty. My five year old likes the traditional lemon and sugar pancakes, I love my chocolate and anything fancy J and my guy wants it savoury. Yeah …..As I said .we do have varied tastes
I have an age old basic fool proof pancake recipe which I am going to share with you today. And if you have followed me on any social media sites, you will have noticed that it has been a busy week for me making pancakes for a wide range of friends and family. Thy have loved it and have been tagging me with their plate of pancake on social media sites. Again I give the credit to my fool proof recipe, which came to my rescue so many times when asked to make them impromptu, but the highlight was the pots of berry compote I have been making to serve my pancake with an of course the generous dollops of crème fraiche. Do give it a try …It is gorgeous!
For the pancakes:
300 ml Semi skimmed milk
140 grams plain flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
2 large eggs
100 grams unsalted butter
For the Berry Compote:
150 grams Strawberries cut in quarters
100 grams Blueberries
50 grams Raspberries
200 grams Crème Fraiche
2 Tbsps Sugar(Optional)
In a good size mixing bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add the pinch of salt and sugar. Slowly add the plain flour and keep mixing the batter until it is smooth and does not have any lumps.
Heat the pan and brush it with butter. Depending on the size of your pan, pour one or two ladles of batter. Use the handle of the pan to rotate and spread the batter as a thin layer. Once you have a thin pancake after spreading the batter, pour any excess batter into the bowl. Practice makes it perfect and your understanding of how hot your pan is. Once the bottom side of the pancake is cooked, flip it to the other side and cook for the next one minute and remove it to serve on a plate or place them as a stack.
For the Compote:
Take a deep pan and place all the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and cook on a low flame.
Let the juices of the berries ooze out and the raspberries are the first ones to disintegrate and hold the rest of the berries together in a sauce. Taste the sauce at this point and add the sugar if you need it. You can always leave it fresh and the berries you have used are sweet naturally. Remove from heat and serve it as a beautiful topping with your pancakes along with generous helping of crème fraiche.
- Just sprinkle some chocolate chips before you fold the pancake for a pleasant surprise for whoever are digging into the pancake
- For the pancake mix, if your are using whole milk, dilute it with about 100 ml water
- Spread some cheese on the pancake before folding them for a savoury twist.
Have a delicious pancake day!!