Yesterday was Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) – definitely one of my favourite days of the year! I love pancakes. When I was little we’d have pancake races on the village green, followed by pancakes with lemon and sugar – but my favourite pancake topping has to be maple syrup.
Because I’m extremely greedy, I like to make a full-on two-course pancake feast with savoury and sweet pancakes. Well, the alternative is to make a batch of pancake batter and just eat five or six of them with a ton of maple syrup, so making a ‘main course’ and a ‘pudding’ out of it actually makes me feel a tiny bit less greedy!
The shops are always full of packets and bottles of ready-made pancake mix, which I don’t understand because making pancakes couldn’t be easier – I use four heaped spoonfuls of plain flour, one egg and enough milk to make a batter with the consistency of double cream.
I got a set of really lovely new pans for Christmas, so this was a real test for my new frying pan, but it was absolutely brilliant. I didn’t even need to use any oil, and even the first pancake came out perfectly!
So I started off with my savoury ones, which had a filling of mushrooms, broccoli, spinach and a bit of crumbled Stilton. I’m a cheese fiend, so I grated a little bit of smoked Cheddar over the top and put it under the grill to go all bubbly and gorgeous.
And then it was time for the main event – the maple syrup!
Yes, I ate five pancakes all by myself. I’m not even sorry.