Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Tuesday or whatever it’s called in your part of the world. Today is all about indulgence. It’s the last day before the 40 days of lent and abstinence. Will you be doing anything special? Like being extra kind to people? Perhaps you are quitting something? Good luck to everyone in you lifestyle changes. I’ll be getting out on the bike a bit more.
Let’s get on to the recipe for fat american style pancakes, known in Ireland as drop scones.
100g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
25 g caster sugar
pinch of salt
125 ml milk
Oil or butter for greasing
The Magic Bit
Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the sugar, salt and stir to mix.
Make a well in the centre, crack in the egg and whisk, gradually drawing in the flour from the edge. Add the milk gradually, whisking all the time, to form a thick smooth batter. It should drop as opposed to pour – The clue is in the name.
Heat and grease a heavy frying pan over a moderate heat. Drop the batter into the pan, to make pancakes of your chosen size. Leave some space so they don’t stick together.
After a couple of minutes, bubbles will appear on the surface and begin to burst and the drop scones will be golden underneath.
Flip them over and cook on the other side for another minute.
Remove from the pan and serve warm with your favourite toppings.
Fruity Sauce (Optional)
Gently warm some jam in a pan and toss in some fruit (fresh or frozen). Heat for a minute. Pour over the pancakes and serve with cream, ice cream or crème fraiche.