Tuesday, February 16, 2010

pancakes,cupcakes and teaspoons

Happy flippin' pancake day!
There was always much excitement in the Lula house when I was a nipper; coming home from school to find Mother Dearest up to her elbows in floury batter,whisking up a storm.
The flipping would start (I always lived in hope that one would stick to the ceiling) and we would pile them high soaked with lemon juice and crunchy with sugar. Yum yum yum!
As with most things in life, when it comes to the simple things- turn to Delia.
By the way- have you caught any of her Delia through the Decades on the television?
Amazing what a powerhouse of cooking influence she has been, whilst sporting an array of
pudding bowl haircuts!

And the pancake recipe is such a breeze to follow
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
2 eggs
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
50g/2oz butter

This makes 12-14 pancakes.
Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl,
slowly add in the milk and water mixture whisking all the time to obtain a smooth batter.
Scrape down any floury mixture from the sides and soon the lumps will disappear so it is nice and creamy.
(If you have a mixer this can be made even easier by ditching the whisk)
Melt 50g/2oz of butter and whisk 2 tablespoons into the mixture, the rest use for greasing the pan.
Lightly grease a hot frying pan and using a ladle spoon the mixture into the pan.
Tip the pan so it is completely covered, wait till the underside comes away easily with a flat knife 
and  then the fun really begins..start flipping!
Traditionalists stick with lemon and sugar, but for those more adventurous-
the world is your pancake.
Nutella,stewed apple and icecream, golden syrup or honey..

As I'm sure you know, Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday was the day people used up the rich ingredients, butter, milk and eggs before eating plainer food during Lent.
And sticking with this idea, I have been polishing off the cupcakes leftover from Sunday's Valentine Cinema day like a hoover- oh my poor waistline!
It was another triumph and luckily most of the cakes were snapped up, these were some we forgot to put out,The Chap was meant to take them into work..
Quelle dommage.

I picked up this set of teaspoons at the weekend, couldn't resist the gorgeous art deco design. 
Might make a cup of darjeeling to give them a whirl and a stir!

 (pancake pic from flickr)


H said...

i completely forgot pancake day! (blaming a broken down usefless excuse for a car and the rac man) it anti-lent to have pancakes for my lunch on ash wednesday? beautiful inspiration as always! x

Lula said...

I'm sure you won't be struck down by a thunderbolt! Must admit I am fairly tempted to make them again despite having demolished a pile last Luther Vandross once said ' never too much of a good thing'!!
Hope the car is ok- what a pain.

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