Time to give pancakes a go

It's a tradition that dates back centuries, but it seems the custom of whipping up a batch of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has fallen rather flat.
It's a tradition that dates back centuries, but it seems the custom of whipping up a batch of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has fallen rather flat.
Chetna Makan

Food and drink: Bake-Off star Chetna Makan talks about the tasty world of Indian food

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It’s a tradition that dates back centuries, but it seems the custom of whipping up a batch of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has fallen rather flat.

According to research by Lyle’s Golden Syrup, just half of Britons will be getting out the frying pans for this year’s festivities - a drop of 25 per cent compared with 10 years ago.

But when it comes to toppings, pretty much anything goes, so there’s little excuse for not giving it a try.

It could be the thin English kind traditionally served with lemon and sugar, a stack of fluffy American ones topped with blueberries or maple syrup, or a lacy French crepe smothered in chocolate hazelnut spread.

For the basic mix, you will need 75g plain flour, a pinch of salt, two large eggs and 150ml milk.

Try bacon and cheese to give it a savoury taste or use pink rhubarb and serve them with vanilla ice cream.

And make sure you use a good non-stick, preferably heavy, pan, and it needs to be hot.