Are you planning to tuck into pancakes tonight? If so, you may be nervous about perfecting the batter. After all you want that perfect blend of crispiness and fluffiness, and not to drop them on the floor when you flip them.
Well, have no fear because we have a simple recipe that will help you even if you have never made a pancake before.
Pancake Day - also known as Shrove Tuesday, the start of Lent - is here but they aren't for just one day of the year. They should be enjoyed all year around, so get topping with your favourite creations, whether sweet or savoury.
But, if you're one of the millions of amateur chefs planning to whisk up a pancake treat for your family tonight, you may want to check out the video above or follow the tips below.
Anthony Barnes - executive chef at Cardiff's Marriott Hotel - has provided a step by step guide for a simple and quick recipe that even the most novice chef can follow.
How to make the perfect pancake batter
- 2 eggs
- 100g plain flour
- 300ml milk
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- Pinch of salt
- Lightly whisk the eggs
- Make a small well in the flour and add the salt and oil
- Pour the whisked eggs into the flour
- Add half of the milk
- Mix well then add the rest of the milk
- Warm the pan - and add a little oil (then tip away the excess)
- Pour the batter mixture into the pan and fry for a few seconds
- Flip it! Fry for a few seconds on the other side
- Add your favourite toppings and tuck in!
Chances are your kitchen will have dropped or spilled batter across the work surfaces or the floor if you've flipped your pancake and it's not landed properly. But there is a cooking tip that can avoid the mess.
It's not for everyone, and may be considered culinary blaspheme by some. But it can help anyone who is struggling.
It won't be for everyone. Some might think it culinary blaspheme. But for anyone struggling to cook good pancakes, it really helps.
Instead of spooning the batter into a hot pan, you instead heat it on the hob before dipping the bottom of the pan into your mixture.
You then place the pan upside-down over the heat. It's cooking in reverse.
A video posted by Viral Hog demonstrates the technique. And it works. After the pancake is cooked, it's easily flipped onto a stack and ready for the toppings.
One person commented on YouTube to say that the cooking method has "changed [their] life forever".
Of course, it does mean no flipping, which is half the fun. Maybe you could try both.