These traditional English pancakes are served with lemon and sugar – easy to prepare and easy to eat!
Traditional English Pancakes
Prepares: 6–8 large pancakes
- Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Standing time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: About 20 minutes
- 110g/4 oz plain flour/cake and pastry flour
- pinch salt
- 2 large eggs (U.K.)/extra large eggs (N.A.)
- 275ml/10 fl oz semi-skimmed milk
- 25g/1 oz butter, melted
- 25g/1 oz butter for greasing
- To serve
- granulated sugar
- 1 lemon, halved
- A 25.5cm/10 inch heavy gauge aluminium frying pan
- First, melt 1 oz of butter and set aside to cool.
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add the milk and cooled, melted butter. Gradually pour the mixture into the well of the flour while whisking with an electric whisk or a balloon whisk, incorporating the flour from around the edge of the bowl. Scrape any remaining flour down from around the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula and whisk again until all the mixture is smooth. Let stand for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2 and place five plates in the oven to warm.
- Get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to a medium setting.
- Melt the remaining butter in the pan then pour into a small bowl. After cooking each pancake, smear the pan with the butter to keep it lightly greased, using a wodge of kitchen paper. The pan should be lightly greased not running with butter.
- Use about 4 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. It is easier to measure this into a ladle first to give a guide for the amount for each pancake. Quickly tip the batter from the ladle into the centre of the pan and at the same time tip the pan from side to side to get the base evenly coated. Cook the pancake for about 1 minute until the surface dries and the underside is golden.
- Flip the pancake over with a palette knife. Again, cook until the underside is golden which will need less time. Then slide out of the pan onto a warmed plate.
- Continue until the batter is finished. Overlap the pancakes on the warmed plate as you go. Keep them warm in the oven, covered loosely with foil.
- To serve, squeeze lemon juice over each pancake and generously sprinkle with sugar. It can then can be rolled up.