And our first one as a family where we are all on solids!
I’ve got to admit that I’ve missed it over the past few years. As a kid I remember we’d all pile into the kitchen; Mum would have three pans on the go at once in an effort to keep up with me and my two brothers’ appetites. It was always a highlight of the year, but since leaving home for Uni (many moons ago) it feels likes Shrove Tuesday has fallen by the wayside. But now Busby is in our lives, I’m looking forward to returning Pancake Day to the calendar.
After a quick internet search for batter recipes, I got cracking on making the mixture using the shiny new Heston Blumenthal Precision Professional Whisk we were sent. The whisk is ergonomically shaped, and it did fit nicely in my hand. However, regardless of this, I always feel hand whisking is one of the most physically demanding of activities… just after mountain climbing and running a marathon!
With the mixture resting I prepared the strawberries (to go with chocolate spread), the lemons (in Hannah’s mind the traditional lemon and sugar pancake can’t be beaten) and the tinned peaches (a topping I always used to have as a child). I’m aware savoury pancakes exist, but if you can’t go overboard on sugar on Pancake Day, when can you?
So, with two hot pans ready on the stove it was time to make pancakes!
And pancakes have to be flipped!
Despite being out of practice I felt my flipping went pretty well (note my look of satisfaction in the photos)! A couple had to be encouraged to finish the flip with the spatula but nonetheless, fairly successful.
None stuck to the ceiling, for example.
Speaking of the spatulas (Heston Blumenthal Precision Multipurpose Spatulas, in fact) I was very impressed with them; they felt sturdy and heatproof. The ends are well shaped for different tasks, and perfect for teasing the edges of the pancake up to see if it’s ready to flip. The only problem I had with them was, because you can use both ends (and unthinkingly I did), you can get messy hands. But perhaps this won’t be a problem for people less foolish than me?! All in all they worked really well and the pancakes were promptly demolished as fast as they came out of the pan.
Perhaps unsurprisingly Busby most liked the ones with chocolate spread, but we managed to sneak some fruit in there too! Hannah had her lemons, I had my peaches, but much more importantly I think we’ve started a new family Pancake Day tradition!
*We were sent products from the Heston Blumenthal Precision range free of charge in exchange for an honest and fair review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*