Love a towering stack of pancakes? From races to restaurants to a tried and tested recipe we have Pancake Day sorted for you.
Love pancakes as much as we do at Muddy Cornwall (ok, well, apart from the ones peeling off our ceiling). Want to up your pancake game this year? Of course you do.
You’ll be needing Rupert Cooper of Philliegh Way Cookery School‘s tried and tested fluffy pancakes recipe. (Plus some of the more unusual ways that the Cornish celebrate Shrove Tuesday – fancy a spot of hurling, anyone?)
Rupert’s non-traditional fluffy pancakes
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBSP butter
1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time).
It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm thick.
Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.
Serve with spicy merguez sausages, roasted tomato & scrambled eggs! Or maple syrup!
Shrove Tuesday isn’t all about eating (sadly) – here’s some of the more unusual things happening across Cornwall.
Helston Relay for Life Pancake Race, Helston (25 Feb)
Is it really Pancake Day without a race? It was big in the 8os, and this retro ritual is SO 2020. Where better to go full-on crepe crazy than at an official pancake race. Helston brings back the traditional Pancake Race at 10.30 am in a course around the Bowling Green. Anyone can enter, you just need to bring a pan and plenty of enthusiasm.
Donations will be accepted in aid of CRUK Relay for Life, coffee and home-made cake (and pancakes, obviously) afterwards at the Guildhall.
St Columb Hurling (25 Feb)
Not sure what pancakes have to do with men tussling over a ball, but this historic tradition dates back to the 16th century. Now one of only two games to survive, the hurling at St Columb Major takes place on Shrove Tuesday with another game on the second Saturday following. It has been compared to rugby but it’s much more wide-ranging, it’s played between two teams, the Townsmen and Countrymen. The aim of the game is to place the ball in respective goals that are set about two miles (3 km) apart, or take it across the Parish boundary – it’s a rough hour/hour and a half with the shops in the town barricading their windows, and the game continuing through hedges and across fields.
It starts at 4.30pm in the Market Square and ends when the ‘winner of the ball’ carries the ball over the boundary before everyone heads to the pub at 8pm.
Newquay Pancake Race (25 Feb)
Here’s a good way to justify a pile of pancakes – go for a run first! If you’re over near Newquay you can join the Newquay Road Runners of an introduction to running session before scoffing your pancakes at the social afterwards.
Meet at NQY Sports Bar around 6.15/30pm in your running gear (no need for anything fancy, trainers and leggings will be just fine).
& what about the best place to go out to eat pancakes?
Some of the best pancakes I’ve eaten all year were for breakfast at the C-Bay Cafe, which came with a choice of either fruit and yoghurt, or maple syrup and bacon.