On Tuesday, it’s Shrove Tuesday, or as we have it affectionately on these shores, ‘Pancake Day’. An early Easter has the fun of Pancake Day and the start of Lent very early in 2016 – it feels like a hop,skip and jump we were all getting back into the swing of things post-New Year’s!
I love Pancake Day. There’s something so fun and festive about having breakfastey-dessert foods for dinner. I’m aware of the many delicious and tasty savoury options available for pancakes and crepes, but in the Thornley household growing up, it was always yummy, sweeter options on Pancake Day. We liked to prep for Lent with a bit of a sugar high!
My mum is great at making pancakes – she’d make stacks and stacks of them to enjoy for tea, smothered with lemon and sugar; or if we were really good laden with chocolate sauce and topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. We’d have the thinner, crepes style pancakes, rolled up and light, as opposed to the big, fluffy American style pancakes.
As I grew up and set up my own home, I tried to emulate mum’s pancakes, but I could never get it quite right…all too often I’d give up, and have a little subconscious sadness (nothing major, I’m aware this is very much a first world problem!) that I couldn’t make the same pancakes for Matthew and me. When I did try the result was all too often lumpy, stodgy pancakes and a smoke alarm blaring….
Flash forward to last week, when the folk at Debenhams asked if I might like to try out a crepe maker from Breville. With a little trepidation, and imagined smoke alarms beeping in my head, I said “Yes, please,” and prepped to meet my pancakey nemesis again. Would this time be different?
I love that it comes with a little stick, just like a proper crepe making chef would use!
Love these bright and busy accessories – I already had a flour shaker so I filled this with sugar for sprinkling!
I checked my recipe (I used this BBC one), put a little butter on the crepe maker, and switched the crepe maker on…. My first effort was a little off (I think it was just a matter of grasping how much batter to ladel on to the cooking surface!), but by the second one I was feeling in control and pretty darn happy. My efforts looked like pancakes – just like mum’s, in fact! As I made each one I transferred them over to a heated plate in the oven, ahead of serving.
The finished article, laden with fresh lemon juice and sprinkled with sugar. What a treat! I’m now mega excited to try some more ambitious variants on Tuesday – I’m thinking chicken and spinach crepes to begin, then s’mores style crepes for afters? I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to make us pancakes that are actual pancakes, and so excited to try out new recipes. I’d heartily recommend this gadget – if it can help me with my sorry prior attempts, it’s going to help anyone! I’m also intrigued to try other things using the gizmo – griddling peppers or making omlettes, perhaps?
Will you be enjoying pancakes on Tuesday? What’s your favourite topping?
Note: I was gifted this crepe maker and the Ashley Thomas kitchenware by Debenhams (thank you!). All opinions, stories, ramblings and evangelical endorsements of gadgets are my own 🙂
PS The box is also kitty approved for sits. Poppet makes me laugh!