Pancakes

To mark the tradition known as Pancake Day, why not get your disabled child involved in making these three straightforward recipes? They’re a great way to explore the touch, smell and sounds of breaking a few eggs on Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, is the traditional feast prior to the start of Lent – which is the 40 days leading up to Easter.

It has become tradition for many people in the UK to make thin pancakes on this day, this stems from a need to use eggs and high-fat ingredients before the Lenten fast.

This kind of free-for-all style of cooking lends itself nicely to getting your children involved in the often-messy, and always fun, process – so try one of the below and make sure you have a good time in the process!

Ready to get frying? Let’s take a look at those recipes.

American Pancakes

Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ egg
  • 150ml milk
  • knob butter, melted
  • sunflower oil for cooking
  • golden syrup
  • fresh fruit

Equipment needed

Large mixing bowl, whisk, wooden spoon, non-stick frying pan, tablespoon, kitchen paper

Method

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  2. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter.
  3. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter.
  5. Serve stacked on top of each other with golden syrup and fresh fruit.

Scotch Pancakes

Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 110g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • sunflower oil

Equipment needed

Large mixing bowl, whisk, wooden spoon, non-stick frying pan, tablespoon, kitchen foil

Method

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg yolk and a quarter of the milk.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon and gradually draw in the flour from the sides of the bowl making a smooth batter. Add the remaining milk gradually until the batter is the consistency of thick cream.
  4. Fold in the melted butter.
  5. Whisk the egg white until stiff but not dry and fold into the batter.
  6. Lightly grease a frying pan and when really hot drop large tablespoonful of the batter to make pancakes about 7.5cm across.
  7. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden. Cover with foil to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter.

Upside-Down Apple Pancakes

Apple Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 large apple
  • 30g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated

Equipment needed

Weighing scales, peeler, saucepan, dessert spoon, large bowl, colander, chopping board, knife, wooden spoon, pastry brush.

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180 fan/gas 6.
  2. Peel and core apple. Cut into about 3mm thick slices.
  3. Place frying pan with all-metal handle over heat and melt butter. Then stir in cinnamon and half the sugar; remove pan from heat.
  4. Arrange apple slices, overlapping slightly over the butter mixture in pan. Repeat with smaller circle of apple slices in centre.
  5. Return pan to low heat; cook for 6-8mins.
  6. While the apple is cooking, beat flour, milk, baking powder and egg yolks until blended. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, preferably with electric mixer beat egg whites and remaining sugar until it forms soft peaks. With a spatula, very carefully fold egg white into egg yolk mixture.
  8. Cover apple slices in pan with egg mixture using spatula and spread evenly.
  9. Bake in oven for 10-12 min or until golden brown.
  10. Remove pam from oven and carefully invert on to plate.

 

If you want to try any of these recipes but you’re not sure how, Caudwell Children supporter Gee Angelo will be hosting a live cook-along which is free to join here.

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