Although at Pulse Child Care Crew we believe you don’t need a reason for a pancake day, we especially love when Pancake Day comes around and we don’t have to feel guilty for eating them. Traditionally Pancake Day precedes Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent in the Christian tradition. This religious tradition is one of fasting for 40 days in the run up to Easter and is usually kept with people giving up an indulgence like chocolate, or soft drinks over that period. As a result, Pancake Day is a one for gorging yourself and in many parts of the world, this day is one of celebrations and partying, such as Louisiana USA, where it is better known as Mardi Gras. While these celebrations are fun, we understand that you may simply be planning a night in with friends, so we have a few pancake ideas for you to make your pancake day extra special.
First the recipe for a light tasty crepe batter (enough to feed 8 or 4 if you’re really greedy)
- 250g plain flour
- 4 eggs
- 45g melted butter
- 500ml of milk
- 1/2 stubbie of your choice in beer
- Splash of dark rum for flavour
Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl to keep lumps to a minimum, then make a well in the centre and add the milk gradually as you mix it in. Next add in the 4 eggs one at a time, the butter and mix. Add the beer gradually to limit bubbles foaming up and mix it into the batter to make it nice and light. Finally add the rum to taste, less is often more (Please note: if you are cooking these pancakes for children, please do not include the beer and rum. Even though you are cooking the ingredients, alcohol can still remain in the mix after cooking). Vigorously mix the ingredients then let it stand for about 30 minutes to allow the bubbles from the beer to subside. Now you can cook.
Perfect pouring tool
To make pouring your pancakes a doddle, get an old squeezy ketchup bottle, make sure you clean it out thoroughly then fill it with pancake batter. This will help you pour neatly without mess and helps you store any leftover batter at the end of the day.
Delicious breakfast snack
Morning after Pancake Day and you have left over pancake batter? Simply get some bacon rashers, grill them till they are nice and crispy, then add them to a pan, and pour pancake batter over them. When they are cooked, you have a delicious breakfast snack… is there anything bacon doesn't taste great with?
If you have a toastie maker, and all your frying pans are dirty, why not try cooking your pancakes in the toastie maker. This actually helps make the pancakes come up nice and fluffy. This works best with American style pancakes rather than crepes.
Let us know how you did with your pancakes, share a picture on our Facebook wall, or why not show us your skills flipping pancakes by posting a video.