OK, so it’s a bit of a wait until the start of the Olympics so here at Meenymineymo we thought we’d have a go at trying to get pancake racing added to the list of official sports! On closer investigation there are loads of us across the UK who clearly think the same. The pancake race has been going on for years – this February, the Olney Pancake Race is 67 so if length of tradition is one selection factor, surely the pancake race is in with a chance.
If you are a bit too far from Hampshire to join us for our very own Meenymineymo race, here are some of the other races you can join in with around the country to help further the cause!
Great Spitalfields Pancake race: Having moved to the coast from East London we know that Shrove Tuesday is celebrated with the Great Spitalfields Pancake race with some fancy dress and prizes thrown in – can’t you see it, swap the fancy dress for some fancy lycra and make medals the prize………
Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
Olney Pancake Race in Buckhamshire: as I mentioned before, is in it’s 67th year! Women and children of Olney compete against the women of Liberal, Kansas, USA – clearly demonstrating the international appeal of the Pancake race!
…..the people of Pentre in Wales have also been getting together to mark this historic day since 1981……
Londoners seem to have a particular passion for #pancakeDay….
Alternatively, you could do what we’re doing and make up your own pancake races. First up, we need to make the mountain of pancake mix we are likely to need – being sportswomen and children in training. Good news is they are super easy to make (that’s coming from a very incompetent cook!!). So, here’s what you need:
- 110g plain flour*
- 2 large eggs
- pinch of salt
- 200ml semi skimmed milk mixed with 75ml cold water
- 50g butter for the frying pan
*Michelle (founder of Meenymineymo) is gluten intolerant, and she just told me she’s found a fab flour substitute in Doves Farm Organic Gluten Free flour and apparently it makes the perfect pancakes, so Gluten Free peeps don’t need to miss out!
I can make it unlumpy so so can you! The trick is all in the gradual addition of the milk whilst simultaneously whisking. Simply:
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
- Whisk the eggs in.
- Gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture – keep whisking, it’s a good warm up for the flipping..
- Batter should be smooth, no lumps, with the consistency of thin cream. Pour it into a jug and you’re ready to go..
Making the pancakes
- Melt the butter in the pan and spread it over all over the pan.
- Pour in a small amount of batter and tip the pan from side to side to get the bottom evenly coated with batter.
- Cook for a couple of minutes then check to see if the bottom is golden brown. If it is it’s ready to flip!
- Make sure the pancake is loose in the pan (use a spatula to loosen it if it isn’t) then get everyone to stand back while you tip the pan and flip.
- Cook for about a minute more and you should have the perfect pancake – provided you haven’t dropped it mid-flip.
Once you’ve repeated the making part (about 20 times in our case), and you’ve donned the fancy hat, pop on the fancy dress and you’re ready to get set go …….
Wherever you are, enjoy making it an olympic pancake day!!