A Pancake Extravaganza by Rachel Allen

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Tuesday is pancake time. In all their shapes and forms, they are a real favourite in our household. It isn’t just our children who get excited – I adore pancakes and love an excuse to make a real feast of them. There’s something so pleasingly simple, so supremely comforting about a perfectly browned pancake, unchallenging and uncomplicated, but always delicious.
We’ll make all different sorts of pancakes on different years, and often on the same day. I love thin pancakes – they’re called crepes in France, where they’re usually made with some buckwheat flour. I like to eat them rolled up with lemon and sugar, or the perennial favourite, Nutella! We like to make thin pancakes as a savoury treat too, omitting the sugar and making a creamy mushroom filling with bacon and perhaps some Gruyere cheese.
If you’d like to make your pancakes a little more elaborate than just a squeeze of lemon and sugar, you can try this divine orange butter recipe, opposite, that we often make at the cookery school.
At other times, we like to make big, fluffy American pancakes, served with rashers and plenty of maple syrup. I’ve written recipes for blueberry and lemon pancakes in these pages before, as well as in a number of my cookbooks.
The Italian recipe here is a totally different take on pancakes that I’ve made on Pancake Tuesday in previous years. It was inspired by a conversation I had with the great Italian chef, Aldo Zilli. He told me a wonderful story about his mother using light pancakes as an alternative to pasta in certain dishes, and I’ve discovered that they work wonderfully with rich tomato sauces. The Italian baked pancakes with tomato sauce recipe, opposite, uses the pancakes in place of lasagne sheets, which adds a fluffiness to the dish. It’s a perfect family dish and would make a great centrepiece to a Shrove Tuesday dinner table.
Tip
Adding melted butter to the pancake batter will make a real difference to the pancakes’ flavour and texture. It also makes it possible to cook them without having to grease the pan every time.

Pancake Recipes:

 

Odlums American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries

odlums am style pancakes

American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries

CategorySelf Raising Flour

Cook TimeFew Mins

What you need:

  • 125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 150ml/¼ pint Milk
  • Oil for frying
  • Rowse Honey
  • Mixed Berries

How to:

  1. Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using).
  2. Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Cover and allow to stand for about an hour.
  4. Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan.
  5. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.
  6. Serve warm with Rowse Honey and mixed berries

American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries

Boxty Colcannon Pancakes. By Donal Skehan

Boxty Colcannon Pancakes

Boxty potato pancakes are a traditionally Irish recipe and they come with a great little rhyme that we were taught when growing up: ‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan, if you can’t bake boxty, sure you’ll never get a man.’ The traditional recipe varies from region to region, but they all use grated raw potato. This is the version that my family makes and they are great with a full Irish breakfast, or I also serve them with pan-fried mackerel and a light salad.

Ingredients

  • 250 g (9oz) colcannon or mashed potato
  • 250 g (9oz) peeled, grated, raw rooster potato
  • 100 g (3½oz) plain flour
  • up to 125ml (4½fl oz) milk
  • knob of butter
  • a drop of rapeseed oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put the colcannon, grated potato and flour in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. Add the milk, little by little, until you have a wet dropping consistency. Season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat with a little butter and oil. When the butter begins to foam, spoon heaped tablespoon measurements of the mixture into the frying pan and fry for 3–4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  3. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Serve the potato pancakes with fish, eggs, salad, etc.

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2013/0131/744669-boxty-colcannon-pancakes/

Odlums American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries

odlums am style pancakes

American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries

CategorySelf Raising Flour

Cook TimeFew Mins

What you need:

  • 125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 150ml/¼ pint Milk
  • Oil for frying
  • Rowse Honey
  • Mixed Berries

How to:

  1. Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using).
  2. Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Cover and allow to stand for about an hour.
  4. Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan.
  5. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.
  6. Serve warm with Rowse Honey and mixed berries

American Style Pancakes with Honey and Berries