Kate Morgan from London is one of Britain’s top cooking bloggers. Her recipes are regularly featured in What Kate Baked Logotop food magazines and cookbooks, and her site has been voted one of the best food blogs around.
Kate began baking at a young age and loves coming up with inventive ways to satisfy her sweet tooth. She started her blog, What Kate Baked, three years ago to document her trials and tribulations as she developed her own recipes. For more from Kate follow her on Twitter.
Here, Kate shares her guide to the perfect Pancake Day, including her recipe for delicious batter, some topping ideas you might not have thought of, and fun serving suggestions.
Kate’s Scrumptious Pancake Batter Recipe
Here’s Kate’s step-by-step recipe for mouth-watering pancakes that are perfect for sweet or savoury toppings. This super-simple method makes six to seven eight-inch pancakes and all you need is:
- 100g plain flour
- 2 beaten eggs
- 25g melted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 260ml milk
- And a selection of sweet and savoury toppings
1) Place the flour and a pinch of salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and melted butter and whisk together.
2) Gradually add the milk, whisking until you have a nice smooth batter the consistency of double cream.
3) Melt a little of the extra butter in a frying pan on a medium heat to ensure the pan is nicely greased.
4) Place a ladleful of the batter in the centre of the pan, and tip from side to side to cover the bottom of the pan. After 30-60 seconds use a spatula to check the underside is nicely golden before the fun part – flipping.
5) Cook the other side until the pancake is golden in colour and cooked through. Transfer to a warm plate and repeat. Separate each pancake with a piece of baking parchment as you stack them.
And the Secret Ingredient…
Kate likes to mix things up a little, adding different ingredients to make her pancakes extra special.
“If you’re feeling adventurous, mix a teaspoon of ground spices into the flour before making the batter. Ginger, chai or cinnamon will give your pancakes an extra kick.”
Pancake Topping Ideas
Kate also likes to get creative with her pancake toppings. Here are few delicious ideas you can try yourself.
“My husband and I usually have a real feast on Pancake Day. You can’t go wrong with traditional toppings like lemon and sugar, but we like to experiment with all sorts of delicious flavours, both sweet and savoury.”
1) Slice up an orange or use a few tangerine segments and wrap them up in your pancake. Finish by lightly drizzling with warm melted chocolate.
2) Finely slice some chorizo ham and fried mushrooms, cover with melted mozzarella.
3) Why not try a fruit salad pancake? Chop up some strawberries, blackberries, bananas and kiwis, and top each pancake with a sprinkling of icing sugar.
4) Cover your pancakes in salted caramel sauce. Delicious.
5) If you’re after something a bit different, try Speculoo Spread. This Belgian cookie paste gives your pancakes a smooth and sugary taste with a kick like gingerbread.
6) The All-American option. Blueberries and maple syrup.
7) Roasted rhubarb and vanilla ice cream –a twist on a classic pudding.
Get Creative This Pancake Day
Making pancakes is only half the fun. Here are Kate’s three top tips getting creative this Pancake Day.
1) Throw a Pancake Party
“Invite your friends and family round and ask every guest to bring a couple of ingredients with them. Lay the toppings out conveyor belt style for everyone to enjoy and award prizes for the most innovative ones.”
2) Have a Flipping Great Time
“For me the best part of Pancake Day is the flipping. If you’re having people round this year, why not turn this into a competition by scoring each flip out of ten, Strictly Come Dancing style?”
3) Make a Pancake Cake
“If you’re expecting a lot of guests you could make a Pancake Cake by stacking mini pancakes one on top of another and layering with fruit.”
“You make pancakes one at a time, which means there’s a bit of waiting around in between each one.
“One way around this is to prepare your pancakes in advance. To reheat, cover the pancake stack loosely with foil and place in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 1/ 275°F /140°C for 10-15 minutes.
With these great tips you’ll have everything you need to plan your perfect Pancake Day.