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The Review - FOOD AND DRINK - Cooking with CLARE
Published: 26th August 2008
A flipping fabulous feast before Lent

Clare Latimer reveals her perfect recipes for a great Pancake Tuesday

SHROVE Tuesday is the last “fling” before Lent. For a great many of us that does not mean too much – me included.
Pancakes in many parts of the world are supposed to bring good luck and the ingredients are the four crucial points of significance at this time of year. Eggs for creation, flour is the staff of life, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity. The word Shrove refers to the practice of confessing sins so I think I will now change the subject.
I really think I have cracked the perfect pancake having had so many years to practice so see what you think.

The main thing about pancake-making is to have a good non-stick pan.
Also, measuring the batter in a spoon for each pancake stops them being to thick, or thin for that matter, and putting oil on a kitchen towel stops too much fat being absorbed into the batter.
The first pancake often goes wrong as the pan is heating so don’t despair, just keep tossing and turning!

Makes about 12
125g flour;
Pinch salt;
Two eggs;
10 fl oz milk;
Little oil.

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high for one minute, making sure that the flour does not stick to the sides.
Leave to stand for 30 minutes. Soak a kitchen towel in a little oil and wipe round a small preheated frying pan.
Pour one tablespoon batter into a spoon, pour into the pan and tilt immediately to spread round the base.
Cook on a high heat, turning once so that they are golden on each side. Continue until the mixture is used. Pile the pancakes up and then cover with a damp cloth.

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