Lemons for pancakes on Pancake Day !

Fresh lemon slices

Fresh lemon slices

My purpose here is not to show you how to make pancakes – you don’t want to find yet another pancake recipe on the Internet – but to show you how to take advantage of the cheap lemons that are on offer at the moment in the shops because of Pancake Day.

Before that, as my blog is all about giving you tips, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a couple of handy tips regarding your pancake experience!

First, it is all about practice and confidence. So, if you are new at making pancakes, I would suggest that you start on a slightly thicker batter than recommended in your recipe. The reason being is that it is much easier to flip a thick pancake than a thin one. When you have cooked a few pancakes and feel your confidence growing, add a little more milk to the mixture, then cook one or two more pancakes and so on. You will notice that it will become easier to spread the mixture on your frying pan but also trickier to flip. Although be careful not to add too much milk to the batter! Even I cannot do cook them that thin!!!! :-)

Another good thing about adding milk to the batter is that it increases the number of pancakes you are cooking, which is not a bad thing at all!

Personally, I think pancakes should be eaten just as they are, sprinkled with granulated sugar. Hearing the crunch of the sugar under your teeth when you take that first bite is just heavenly!

1/1/4 Lemonade. Not 118-118, but 114 !

This is the proportion to use for a lovely home-made lemonade. A great way to use lemons on special offer.

1 cup of freshly pressed lemons

1 cup of sugar

4 cups of water.

 

Place the sugar in a small saucepan and enough water to be able to make a liquid paste (approx 1/4 cup). Heat up and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Wait for the syrup to cool down. Add the lemon juice (use a sieve if you don’t like bits inside) and the remaining water, stir and store in the fridge until required.

You will, of course, end up with 6 cups of lemonade which serve 4-6 people. You might want to add more water to dilute to your taste. You will not like shop-bought lemonade anymore.

Pancakes always bring very dear memories to me. They were the first recipe my mother ever let me cook by myself. And to my younger brothers’ delight, I became the pancake expert!

rolled up plain French pancake

Plain with just sugar is best!