Hunk Food: Pancakes!

This week’s hunk food takes a topical turn.

As today is Shrove Tuesday (that’s Pancake Day for you heathens), we at The Tab thought it would be a flipping good idea to give you some pancake recipes. Best served with bacon, lemon and sugar or drowned in ice cream, today is the best day to pig out before you start calorie counting for Easter. Pancake day also comes with its yearly competition, the Who Can Flip A Pancake To Perfection Challenge. If you’re too cocky to read my tips, then go straight to the recipe (at your peril), but if you’d like a little help to stun your flatmates into thinking you’re a Michelin star chef, here’s a few pointers to get the perfect flip. 

1) Make sure you have a decent amount of butter on your pan, so that when its ready the pancake doesn’t stick and flipping doesn’t end up looking more like scrambling.

2) Confidence is key. A half hearted attempt will result in a folded up sad looking pancake.

3) Too much height will make your pancake overflip and you’ll make a mess/ hit the ceiling, which is frankly just a waste of batter. So with these in mind, let’s get down to business.

Traditional quick and easy pancakes

Makes about 6-8 smallish pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk (a small cup ish)
  • 1 tbsp soft butter

How to make:

    1. Mix everything together until you get a thick batter. Some recipes suggest leaving it to rest for about half an hour to relax the gluten in the flour, but you don’t have to if your can’t wait.
    2. Rub some butter around a frying pan (oil is just a weird choice) and ladle a generous spoonful for each pancake. Try not to let the pan get too hot because that makes them burn and if you’re adding more butter it gets weirdly bubbly.
    3. Flip your pancakes when you can see the mixture is less runny and the underside is golden. Cook for one of two minutes on the other side. Serve up.


American fluffy chocolate chip pancakes

You will need:

How to make:

    1. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl, and in another beat the egg, milk and butter.
    2. Add to the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix until you have a batter which should be quite thick. Leave to stand for as long as you can wait.
    3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Cook in the same way as the first batch.
    4. Go for a run tomorrow.