Pancake Day - aka Shrove Tuesday - is coming and we've compiled a list of top pancake-making tips as well as some useful kitchen essentials to make it go smoothly and sweetly
Yay it’s pancake day on the 28 February – also known as Shrove Tuesday. The day before we begin fasting for Lent, so we get stuck in with a pile of pancakes.
Some may debate whether we should go savoury or sweet. Or what kind of toppings we should choose. For us at Shopomo, there is no debate. Pancakes should be sweet – and the topping of choice must be the simply heavenly combo of sugar and lemon juice.
Apart from that we’ve compiled a list of quick pancake-making as well as some essential kitchen accessories to help your Pancake Day 2017 go as smoothly and as sweetly as possible.
Pancake Making Tips:
‘Rest’ the batter before you use it
Simple one this. Once you’ve mixed your pancake butter, let it stand for an hour or two at room temperature. It is guaranteed to make your pancakes fluffier.
Clarify the butter
Before you put the butter in the main pan, clarify it by melting it first in another pan. When the butter starts to bubble it will sperate into yellow butter fat and a milky liquid. Skim off the milky stuff and pour the clarified butter into a container to use for the main event.
Season the pan
For the best pancakes you need a cast iron or stainless steel pan rather than a non-stick affair. And the pan needs to be seasoned properly.
- Pour on thin layer of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of salt
- Heat the mixture until the salt blackens and smoke appears
- Using oven gloves, vigorously scour the inside of the hot pan with oven paper
- After the pan cools, clean it out with more kitchen paper
Make sure the pan is hot enough
Perhaps the main culprit behind substandard pancakes is a pan that hasn’t been heated up to the right temperature. Splash some drops of water on the pan before you add the butter – the H20 should evaporate almost instantly when the pan is the right temperature.
Use a ladle
A proper ladle or measuring cup will allow you to cover the pan evenly and quickly, while delivering a consistent amount of batter for each pancake.
Look out for the bubbles
As soon as you see bubbles appearing on the top of the batter flip the pancake over. Simples.
Flip it properly (with your wrists)
Don’t make a massive two-armed vertical movement with the prospect of hitting the ceiling. Simply twist the pan until it’s at a 45-degree angle and then spin it back quickly to the horizontal plane. It’s all in the wrists.
Pancake Day Essentials from Shopomo:
John Lewis 'The Pan' Pancake Pan
This is the specialty pancake and crepe making pan device from John Lewis’ popular ‘The Pan’ range. Solidly made with durable enamelled aluminium in a shallow shape for quick heat distribution and easy flipping, it’s both affordable and efficient. Works with induction hobs, too.
OXO Good Grips Pancake Turner
This silicone and stainless steel pancake turner from Oxo Good Grips is dishwasher safe and the perfect instrument for people who don’t want to flip their pancakes. The vented spatula is designed to work with non-stick pans.
Josep Joseph 2-in-1 Measuring Jug
As our tips above indicate – an accurate measuring jug is essential if you want to make supreme pancakes, and with this stylish Joseph and Joseph product you get 2 jugs for the price of one. You can make several different sizes of pancake or crepe at the same time and save on the washing up. So now there are no excuses for pancake failure.
Tip: let the batter stand at room temperature for 1-2 hours before you start cooking to ensure the fluffiest pancakes possible.
Let’s be brutally frank. Pancake Day wouldn’t be Pancake Day without a squeezy Jif Lemon on hand. First released in 1956, Jif concentrated lemon juice was one of the first food products to be packaged in a blow moulded container – the distinctive lemon-shaped device that would become symbolic of the brand.
Tip: Sprinkle sugar on your pancake, then squirt on the Jif liberally. Roll the pancake up and enjoy. No fancy toppings needed.