Shrove Tuesday, the annual pancake feast, takes place tomorrow. It is the day before the start of the Lenten fast, also known as "Pancake Tuesday". Pancakes will of course feature on the breakfast menu at Renvyle House. It is a time when many still engage in the tradition of making, tossing and eating mountains of pancakes. Over-indulgence is expected, and children will go into school on Ash Wednesday boasting of their pancake-eating feats!
makes approx. 12 pancakes
100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
300 ml milk
1 tablsp. melted butter
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk. Gradually draw the flour into the liquid by stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been incorporated and then beat well to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remaining milk. Alternatively, beat all the ingredients together for 1 minute in a blender or food processor. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, stir again before using.
To make the pancakes, heat a small heavy-based frying until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium. Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly (about 2 tablsp.), tilting the pan so the mixture spreads evenly. Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes or until the batter looks dry on the top and begins to brown at the edges. Flip the pancake over with a palette knife or fish slice and cook the second side.
The simplest pancake filling and still one of the best, smear with a little butter, sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice but you can of course fill them with whatever you like!