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James McIntosh

Pancake Day!

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 16th February 2015

I’m sure you’re like me and when it comes to Pancake Day the big kid comes out.  Then perhaps the mop comes out, as one may have landed on the floor?  (Clean up is made so much easier if you have a dog).

Pancake Day, or 'Shrove Tuesday', as I’m sure we all know, was originally a Christian festival to use up ingredients prior to Lent, 40 days before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  I always find it a good time to install a little self discipline. I overeat at Christmas, break my New Year’s resolutions by the 2nd January, then feel bad that, for me, it is not ‘new year, new  me’.  That’s why I like the tradition of Lent, it gives me a chance to prove to myself that I can be disciplined for a short period of time.  And I do find this instils an inner confidence in myself.

So, pancakes. So easy to make.  My tip; make the batter before going to work so it has time to aerate properly.  I’m not one for the conventional, so rather than list alternative toppings that are easy to find on Google, why not put some glam into your pancakes?  Two methods I have tried and tested are to place a stencil over a cooked pancake and dust with icing sugar. My attempt had Elvis on my pancake. “Where is the proof?”, I hear you say. Well, the King’s alive.  My other attempt was to place the batter into a squeezy bottle with a small nozzle and pour into the pan.  My spider looked more like Dame Edna’s glasses and if you saw the Comic Relief Bake-Off you would know Dame Edna’s patisserie is not for public consumption!

  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 140ml Milk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Melted Butter for Cooking



  1. Sift all of the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Crack the egg into a jug and add the milk, beat lightly.  Pour into the flour mixture, whisking to remove lumps.  Cover and place in the fridge for a few hours.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan, over a medium heat. Add a knob of butter and allow to melt. Swish the melted butter around the pan.
  4. Add a ladle of batter.  Pour the batter around the pan, wait until bubbles appear.  
  5. Turn the pancake over by pushing it to the front of the pan and toss, ensuring you catch the pancake in the pan.
  6. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  7. Serve with fruit, maple syrup, chocolate, cream ...

Pancake Day

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