Pancakes

Guest Post By Lindsey Seddon

Pancakes aren’t just for Shrove Tuesday, they’re also a fun breakfast or pudding that you can make with your little ones. 

This simple mixture of flour, eggs and milk is a great way to get cooking with your kids.  Little ones can help with cracking the eggs and mixing the batter, while older kids can help with weighing the ingredients and flipping the pancakes; but flipping is perhaps best kept a spectator sport for the under 5s. 

Pancakes are great as either a sweet dessert, or served with a savoury filling, they’re a cheap and easy dinner option too!

Ingredients

100g plain flour

2 eggs

300ml milk

Pinch of salt (optional)

Butter or oil for frying

  1. Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl, no need to sift as this is a very forgiving recipe, and then add the eggs.  Mix together with a fork or a whisk.  Add a pinch of salt if you wish, but leave out if wanting to keep salt levels low.
  2. Slowly add the milk, whisking all the time until you have a thick batter.  A few small lumps won’t matter, but do make sure all the flour is combined.
  3. Add a small knob butter to a frying pan or wipe with a kitchen towel dipped in vegetable oil, then heat to a medium heat.
  4. When the butter is sizzling, tip the pan to make sure the whole surface is coated and add a ladleful of batter. Again, tip the pan to make sure the base is covered with a smooth even surface of batter.
  5. After a few minutes, once the top looks set, carefully lift the pancake with a spatula to check if it is cooked on the bottom.  If the pancake is sliding about in the pan easily, and you’re feeling brave, try flipping it over and catching it. This is quite an art and often pancakes end up on the floor rather than back in the pan!  You can also turn them over very easily with a spatula to quickly cook the other side, if flipping isn’t for you
  6. Continue with the remaining pancakes and either keep the them warm under the grill or serve as you go

Delicious served with a squeeze of lemon and sugar for a classic taste, and great with peanut butter and slices of banana.  If savoury is your thing, then filled with cheese sauce and ham, sautéed garlic mushrooms or left over chilli-con-carne are simple fillings that most children will enjoy.  Pancakes are great for little mouths as their soft texture makes them easy to eat and the toppings available are only limited by your imagination!

So get flipping those pancakes this Shrove Tuesday and make dinner time fun.