|''Quire of Paper''
|1 1/3 cups flour
1 egg yolk
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Grated rind of 1/2 lemon
3 tsp melted butter
oil for frying
Juice of 1 lemon
Sugar for sprinkling
|. English pancakes are not like American flap jacks. They are thin as crepes and
are served rolled up with lemon and sugar or are flat and piled high.
. A ''Quire of Paper'' is traditional fare for Shrove Tuesday, a custom dating back to
the middle ages when every household needed to use up all milk and eggs before
the beginning of Lent.
. In Buckinghamshire, England, the town of Olney holds an annual Shrove Tuesday
pancake race. Every woman over 16 years of age who wears a skirt and an apron
may enter, and must flip her pancakes along the way.
. The race is believed to have originated, in Olney, during the fifteenth century
when a housewife heard the church bells ringing and was afraid she would be late
for service. She ran out of the house carrying her frying pan, tossing her last
pancakes along the way.
. The local church bell is now known as the Pancake Bell.
|Sift the flour. Add a pinch of salt and a good pinch of sugar.
Beat the eggs and extra yoke. Slowly add them to the flour.
Add the milk and water. Beat until the batter is full of bubbles.
Batter should be a bit thin.
Add the lemon rind and let the batter sit for one hour.
Stir in the melted butter.
Heat a little oil in a medium sized frying pan until quite hot.
Ladle enough batter into the pan so it spreads out quite thinly, but
covers the bottom of the pan. (You can also make smaller pancakes
if you prefer but I prefer larger for rolling.)
Flip the pancake only once when lightly golden underneath.
As soon as a pancake is cooked is the time to eat it.
Squeeze on lemon juice and sprinkle with sugar.
No need to run to the church.