Day of the Pancake (Recipe: Pancakes (US))

Today is Pancake Day in the UK. You read that right, the UK has an entire day on which the good people of Britain celebrate the majestic and all-powerful pancake.

Well, alright, not exactly. Today is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. For those of you from New Orleans it’s Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). Maybe some of you know it better as Shrove Tuesday. Whatever you call it, it’s the day that Christians traditionally spend getting ready for the season of Lent. You eat all of the wonderful, delicious, unhealthy food before giving it all up for a month. But what about those pesky ingredients you haven’t quite used up yet? Well the folks in the UK came up with the ingenious idea of using them to make lovely pancakes; hence: Pancake Day.

In honour of Pancake Day and in the interests of cultural exchange, I have decided to share with you a recipe for American-style pancakes. Funnily enough, this recipe is based on one from the BBC so in a way it’s British American-Style pancakes. As with my other recipes, I’m including both metric and Imperial measurements. You’re welcome.

American-style Pancakes

What you’ll need
  • 135g (a little over 1 cup) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 130mL (1/2 cup) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
What you do
  1. Sift the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix together the milk, egg, and butter.
  2. Combine the milk mixture with the dry ingredients and mix together until all the lumps are no more. Let stand for a few minutes.
  3. In a well-oiled or well-buttered frying pan (or better yet, get yourself a griddle) over low to medium heat ladle out some of your batter. When the top of the batter begins to bubble it’s time to flip ’em! Cook until the other side is golden.
  4. Pancakes are like an artist’s canvas, you can make them your own when you serve them. Consider using blueberries, strawberries, peaches, bananas, ice cream, jam, powdered (icing) sugar, hazelnut spread, peanut butter, or whatever else you love. Or go the traditional route and slather on some butter and drench them in maple syrup.

Enjoy and Happy Pancake Day!



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