Whipping up a batch of pancakes falls flat

Swindon Advertiser: Whipping up a batch of pancakes falls flat Whipping up a batch of pancakes falls flat

IT'S A tradition that dates back centuries, but it seems the custom of whipping up a batch of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has fallen rather flat.

According to research by Lyle's Golden Syrup, just half of Britons will be getting out the frying pans for today's festivities - a drop of 25 per cent compared with 10 years ago.

And a quarter of those surveyed were clueless about how to make a simple pancake batter from scratch.

The reasons given ranged from 'can't be bothered' to fretting that the dish takes 'too much time and effort'.

Of course, the word 'pancake' can refer to a variety of creations from around the world - whether it's the thin English kind traditionally served with lemon and sugar, a stack of fluffy American ones topped with blueberries or maple syrup, or a lacy French crepe smothered in chocolate hazelnut spread.

And when it comes to toppings, pretty much anything goes, so there are few excuses not to give those flipping skills a whirl!

Try these tips from British Lion Eggs for making the perfect pancake...

  • You need a good non-stick, preferably heavy, pan and to cook the pancakes properly, it needs to be hot. The first pancake rarely works and can look very untidy but tastes good. This is known as the cook's treat!
  • If you are not confident at tossing the pancakes, just use a spatula to turn them over.
  • Some say leaving the batter to rest before use improves it - if you have time, brilliant, but it's not essential.
  • If there happen to be any leftover pancakes, leave covered in the fridge and just heat gently for a few seconds in a hot pan before serving.

Tired of lemon and sugar? Here are some recipes celebrating regional ingredients and pancake varieties from around the UK...

LANCASHIRE CHEESE AND BACON PANCAKES (Serves 4)

  • 75g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • A little oil for frying

For the filling:

  • 50g Lancashire cheese
  • grated 6 rashers of smoked back bacon
  • 100ml half fat soured cream
  • 2tbsp chives, snipped

First make the pancakes: Place the flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl with half the milk. Whisk until the mixture is lump-free. Add the remaining milk and whisk again until smooth. If you prefer, place all the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into a jug. The batter can be made in advance and chilled for up to 8 hours before use.

Heat a 20cm diameter non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe it around with a piece of kitchen paper. Now pour a little of the batter into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter thinly and evenly over the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until the top is set and the base golden. Turn the pancake over with a spatula or, if you are feeling brave, flip the pancake.

Cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until the base is golden. Transfer to a plate and interleave with greaseproof paper then keep warm. Use the batter and a little more oil to make a further 7 pancakes in the same way.

For the filling: grill the bacon for about 8 minutes, turning once until it's crisp on both sides. Snip into thin pieces.

Take four pancakes and divide the bacon pieces between them, along the centre of each, with the soured cream and chives and half the cheese. Roll them up and place in a heatproof dish. Scatter the remaining cheese over the top and pop under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and golden. Serve hot, scattered with chives if liked. 

YORKSHIRE RHUBARB PANCAKES (Serves 4)

  • 75g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • A little oil for frying

For the filling:

  • 500g pink rhubarb
  • 75g caster sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve

First make the filling: Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Trim the rhubarb then cut it into 5cm-long pieces. Place in an ovenproof baking dish and sprinkle over the sugar. Cover with foil then bake for 15 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender. Leave to cool slightly.

Next make the pancakes: Place the flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl with half the milk. Whisk until the mixture is lump-free. Add the remaining milk and whisk again until smooth. If you prefer, place all the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth, pour the batter into a jug. The batter can be made in advance and chilled for up to 8 hours before use.

Heat a 20cm diameter non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe it around with a piece of kitchen paper. Now pour a little of the batter into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter thinly and evenly over the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until the top is set and the base golden. Turn the pancake over with a spatula or if you are feeling brave, flip the pancake.

Cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until the base is golden. Transfer to a plate and interleave with greaseproof paper, keep warm. Use the batter and a little more oil to make a further seven pancakes in the same way.

Divide the warm rhubarb between the pancakes and serve with vanilla ice cream.

CREMPOG (WELSH PANCAKES) (Makes 10)

  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 284ml buttermilk
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 75g raisins
  • Caster sugar, to serve

Sift the flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Beat together the buttermilk, eggs and then add to the dry ingredients with the lemon juice. Leave the mixture to stand for 10 minutes.

Heat a flat griddle or frying pan, brush the surface with a little oil, then drop tablespoons of the mixture, well apart, onto the griddle pan - about three can be cooked at a time. Sprinkle a few raisins in the centre of each pancake. Cook over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until bubbles begin to form on the surface, and the base is golden.

Flip over and cook for a further few minutes until the base is golden. Remove from the pan and keep warm in a clean tea towel. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make about 10 pancakes in total. Serve warm with a sprinkling of caster sugar.

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1:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PJC says...

Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake.
Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake. PJC

1:17pm Tue 12 Feb 13

house on the hill says...

I think it is more about apathy and the fact there so many "days" during the year people get fed up trying to keep up with them all. Maybe if there was a McPancake, more would try it!!!!!!
I think it is more about apathy and the fact there so many "days" during the year people get fed up trying to keep up with them all. Maybe if there was a McPancake, more would try it!!!!!! house on the hill

3:17pm Tue 12 Feb 13

itsamess3 says...

Love pancakes as there is so many things to add for flavour-sultanas are one of my faves--not sure why pankake day came about though.
But hey ho they are good anytime.
Love pancakes as there is so many things to add for flavour-sultanas are one of my faves--not sure why pankake day came about though. But hey ho they are good anytime. itsamess3

5:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PJC says...

It's to do with Lent, and using up stuff prior to a fasting period leading up to Easter, originally. Have to agree they are yummy any time though!
It's to do with Lent, and using up stuff prior to a fasting period leading up to Easter, originally. Have to agree they are yummy any time though! PJC

6:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Always Grumpy says...

itsamess3 wrote:
Love pancakes as there is so many things to add for flavour-sultanas are one of my faves--not sure why pankake day came about though.
But hey ho they are good anytime.
I do wish you would pay attention to your spelling and grammar - you really let yourself down sometimes. As a world renowned nuclear scientist I thought you would have known better! It's sloppy and careless and falls well short of the standards readers of this site expect.
Anyway, what's your opinion on North Korea's nuclear test? No doubt you've rushed out there to monitor the situation?
Enlighten us all on the seriousness of what North Korea's doing.
Failing that criticise me for my post with your your usual inane response.
[quote][p][bold]itsamess3[/bold] wrote: Love pancakes as there is so many things to add for flavour-sultanas are one of my faves--not sure why pankake day came about though. But hey ho they are good anytime.[/p][/quote]I do wish you would pay attention to your spelling and grammar - you really let yourself down sometimes. As a world renowned nuclear scientist I thought you would have known better! It's sloppy and careless and falls well short of the standards readers of this site expect. Anyway, what's your opinion on North Korea's nuclear test? No doubt you've rushed out there to monitor the situation? Enlighten us all on the seriousness of what North Korea's doing. Failing that criticise me for my post with your your usual inane response. Always Grumpy

7:02pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PJC says...

I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome.
I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome. PJC

7:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Sashstaff says...

I usually make vegan pancakes for myself but had a guest this year so had to make the 'real' version - tasted eggy!

Too much time and effort?? Flour, water and eggs in a pan? What on earth do people eat then? It's a treat to make pancakes as they are so quick an easy.

People are getting more and more strange IMHO!!
I usually make vegan pancakes for myself but had a guest this year so had to make the 'real' version - tasted eggy! Too much time and effort?? Flour, water and eggs in a pan? What on earth do people eat then? It's a treat to make pancakes as they are so quick an easy. People are getting more and more strange IMHO!! Sashstaff

7:03pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PJC says...

I'll probably get a 'battering' now...har har! :-|
I'll probably get a 'battering' now...har har! :-| PJC

7:07pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PJC says...

Sashstaff wrote:
I usually make vegan pancakes for myself but had a guest this year so had to make the 'real' version - tasted eggy!

Too much time and effort?? Flour, water and eggs in a pan? What on earth do people eat then? It's a treat to make pancakes as they are so quick an easy.

People are getting more and more strange IMHO!!
Genuinely interested- (I have vegan friends) How do you you make vegan pancakes? Is it just flour & water, or is there some sort of vegetable fat in there too? Grateful for any tips!
[quote][p][bold]Sashstaff[/bold] wrote: I usually make vegan pancakes for myself but had a guest this year so had to make the 'real' version - tasted eggy! Too much time and effort?? Flour, water and eggs in a pan? What on earth do people eat then? It's a treat to make pancakes as they are so quick an easy. People are getting more and more strange IMHO!![/p][/quote]Genuinely interested- (I have vegan friends) How do you you make vegan pancakes? Is it just flour & water, or is there some sort of vegetable fat in there too? Grateful for any tips! PJC

7:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

itsamess3 says...

PJC wrote:
I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome.
Theres always one trying to spoil a calm discussion.
Went to some friends for tea-no pancakes though.
[quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome.[/p][/quote]Theres always one trying to spoil a calm discussion. Went to some friends for tea-no pancakes though. itsamess3

8:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Always Grumpy says...

itsamess3 wrote:
PJC wrote:
I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome.
Theres always one trying to spoil a calm discussion.
Went to some friends for tea-no pancakes though.
Pot calling the kettle black?
[quote][p][bold]itsamess3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: I really wish that people would use this comments section as a forum for discussion rather than a platform to carry out their personal feuds and vendettas. Sigh! It gets tiresome.[/p][/quote]Theres always one trying to spoil a calm discussion. Went to some friends for tea-no pancakes though.[/p][/quote]Pot calling the kettle black? Always Grumpy

8:05am Wed 13 Feb 13

Tim Newroman says...

PJC wrote:
Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake.
Nice to know some people can afford them! I had to make do with just a portion of flour and some water last night. Please do think of those less fortunate than you when you come on here to boast about making pancakes :(
[quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake.[/p][/quote]Nice to know some people can afford them! I had to make do with just a portion of flour and some water last night. Please do think of those less fortunate than you when you come on here to boast about making pancakes :( Tim Newroman

4:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

PJC says...

Tim Newroman wrote:
PJC wrote:
Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake.
Nice to know some people can afford them! I had to make do with just a portion of flour and some water last night. Please do think of those less fortunate than you when you come on here to boast about making pancakes :(
I would have given you some eggs!
[quote][p][bold]Tim Newroman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: Oh, people can't make pancakes?! That is inexcusable. It's one of the simplest things there is for goodness' sake.[/p][/quote]Nice to know some people can afford them! I had to make do with just a portion of flour and some water last night. Please do think of those less fortunate than you when you come on here to boast about making pancakes :([/p][/quote]I would have given you some eggs! PJC

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