We British love a good tradition and Shrove Tuesday is no exception. Better known as “Pancake Day” the age old tradition began almost 1000 years as a means of using up rich foods such as sugar and eggs before fasting during lent. Apparently, we Brits will consume an astonishing 52 million eggs on Pancake Day!! At La Bécasse we like our pancakes with Maple Syrup and Blueberries (see Head Chef Chris’ recipe below). How do you like yours?
80g (3oz) caster sugar
1tbsp glucose syrup
1½tbsp clear honey
1½tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g (4½oz) plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 medium free-range egg, beaten
250g (9oz) buttermilk
50g (1¾oz) melted butter
Maple syrup and blueberries, to serve
First make the honeycomb. Melt together the sugar, glucose, honey and water in a saucepan and cook on a medium heat until the mixture turns a light caramel colour. Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the bicarbonate of soda. Let it bubble for a few minutes then pour onto greaseproof paper and leave to cool.
Meanwhile, make the pancakes. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl then whisk in the egg. Combine the melted butter with the buttermilk and slowly whisk this into the flour mix to form a batter. Using a ladle, pour some of the mixture into a hot frying pan with a little melted butter and cook, flipping once, until golden and fluffy.
Smash the honeycomb into small pieces. Serve two pancakes per person, adding honeycomb on top. Finish with a drizzle of maple syrup and garnish with blueberries.