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Classic English Pancakes

Pancakes are traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday, which is always 47 days before Easter Sunday, and is the final day before the commencement of Lent. As Lent is, for Christians, a time of abstinence of some kind - of giving things up - pancakes are the perfect food for the day before, using as they do eggs, fat and flour - foods seen as luxurious and that were forbidden for strict Lent observers.

Not so many people observe Lent these days, although it can be such a useful practice - regardless of our religious or spiritual identity - for appreciating more keenly the luxuries of every day life which we may take for granted.

A period of renunciation can help is discover, perhaps, how attached we can get to and even how reliant we can be upon certain things and certain behaviours.

Meanwhile, though, back to those pancakes!
 
 

Ingredients

Serves 4

100g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
150ml milk
 

Method

  • Beat all the ingredients until the batter is smooth.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and then add 3 tablespoons of batter.
  • Tilt the pan to allow the batter to cover the base. Cook for about 1 minute each side.
  • Put on a plate in a warm oven to keep from going cold.
 

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

10 minutes
 

Notes & Variations on Classic English Pancakes

As well as traditional serving suggestions like caster sugar and lemon, or cinnamon sugar, or maple syrup, how about serving your pancakes with warm, spiced rhubarb, some lightly sauteed apples or some pear ice-cream?
 
 
 

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