It’s Pancake Day this week so I’m sharing my easy recipe with you all for Shrove Tuesday. Get stuck in and give it a go.
It’s been a pretty quiet week this week. After my sabbatical from work for the past few months it was great to be back on site and getting my hands dirty with (non-edible) muck. I was plastering for most of this week and best of all now I’m not living in a kitchen, it was really good to feel hungry again!
Bake Off was back this week! In the run up to Red Nose Day on Friday 13 March, The Great Comic Relief Bake Off hit our screens on BBC1 on Wednesday night with the first of four special episodes. It was so good to see Paul, Mary and Sue again, and to enjoy watching new people go through all the fun and the stress of the tent. I’ll be writing my reviews of each of the shows for the Radio Times website each week. My thoughts on this week’s awesome episode are already up there. I get to pretend to be a proper journalist as I get sent a secret code to log-on and preview the episodes beforehand. Dame Edna was definitely the highlight of this week’s episode for me, and as I said on Twitter, her “I’m going to cook it until it’s cooked” line is going to be my new kitchen mantra. Ahead of Red Nose Day I’ll have a think about some recipes to share for doing your own fundraising bake sales like I did for Children In Need. More information on holding your own Comic Relief Bake Sales is available here.
Barney Desmazery (the Food Editor at BBC Good Food) told me that the recipe people look up the most for Valentine’s Day is how to cook a perfect steak. I must be pretty impressionable as after BBC Good Food filled their Twitter and Instagram feeds with pictures of steaks all week (see the #RaiseTheSteaks hashtag), it could only be big, fat, rib-eye steaks for our Valentine’s dinner. BBC Good Food also shared the link for their steak sauces. I’m a bearnaise man myself but as my wife Sarah wanted chimichurri, that’s what I made for Valentine’s Day. Delish! Beware the raw garlic in it though, if you’re making it for a first date – it can be pretty fierce!
Anyway, it’s Shrove Tuesday this week, which in our house usually means re-watching this episode of “Maid Marian and her Merry Men” on DVD. It was Sarah’s favourite programme as a kid, and the reason she ended up studying history. It’s pretty funny; not as historically accurate as the brilliant Horrible Histories though, which has taught me more about history than I ever learnt at school!
For the pancakes
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk (whole or semi-skimmed is fine)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (to go in the mixture)
- Around 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of coconut oil per pancake to fry
For the fillings
- 1 lemon
- Around 100g caster sugar
- 1 jar Nutella
- 100g raspberries
- 1 banana
- 1 bottle squeezy honey
- Prepare your fillings. In our house we like to go with classic lemon and sugar, Nutella and raspberries, and banana and honey (this works really well when frying in coconut oil). Slice the banana and lay the rest of the fillings out onto the table
- If you don’t want to use coconut oil, substitute for unsalted butter, but if you can find it in time for Tuesday, I really urge you to get some!
- Measure the flour into a large mixing jug (or a bowl if you don’t have a large jug). Crack the two eggs into the flour and combine with an electric hand whisk or by hand until it makes a ‘paste’
- Continue whisking and gradually pour in the milk until a smooth, non-lumpy batter has been achieved
- Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in your frying pan then pour this back into the batter and mix it in
- Set your frying pan over a medium heat. Add around 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and allow to melt. Pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of your frying pan. If your batter is in a bowl, ladle the batter into the pan – you won’t need much for each pancake
- Leave the pancake in the pan for a minute or two while the bottom ‘sets’, then hold the handle of the frying pan and swish the pancake around the pan. If the pancake won’t swish around, use a palette knife or fish slice to unstick it from the bottom of the pan
- Take a deep breath and toss the pancake!
- The other side will only need to cook for a few seconds as they’re so thin. Slide the cooked pancake onto a plate and serve.
- Repeat until everyone in the kitchen can no longer move