Pancakes – sweet or savoury

As it’s Shrove Tuesday in 2 days, it’s time to post a piece on pancakes – moreso timely after my trip to Amsterdam where we went to The Pancake Bakery – the first ever pancake house in Amsterdam. I even remember having fresh crepes in Paris after a long cycle ride in the cold with my cousins!

Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes and they are so easy to make.

I like to have one savoury (cheese, sweetcorn and onion) and one sweet pancake (coconut and nutella) to complement favours but you can have so many combinations from traditional (sugar and lemon) to a Canadian themed one with crispy bacon, onions, mushrooms, ham and cheese!

Pancakes are so easy to make at home when you have the perfect recipe courtesy of Spoony Cakes below:

What you need:
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
225ml semi skimmed milk
1 egg

What you do:
1) Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
2) Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the milk and egg. Beat well to combine.
3) Heat a lightly oiled, non stick frying pan over medium high heat.
4) Using a ladle, pour the crêpe batter into the pan.
5) Tilt the pan in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
6) Cook the crêpe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen the edges with a fish-slice, flip over and cook the other side.
7) Serve hot with your filling of choice.

Pancakes or crêpes are everywhere in France, Holland, America and now in London. If you fancy a trip out then Hampstead Crêperie or My Old Dutch are highly recommended.

How do you eat yours?

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