Pancakes were one of my early attempts at learning to cook. We had no food processor back then so the flour was sieved into a large baking bowl, a well was made in the flour and the eggs dropped in. Slowly the eggs were stirred into the flour, and milk was added a few drops at a time. It was important not to have any lumps in the mixture. When all the milk was added and the batter looked like thick cream the bowl was covered and left to stand for several hours. Sometimes it was prepared at night and left in a cool place for use the next day.
The job of making the pancakes always fell to me. My pancakes were more like crepes, almost as thin as tissue paper. I stood at the gas stove spreading, tossing and when they were cooked, sprinkling with lemon and sugar. I was part of a large family so the whole operation took quite some time. It was one of the few occasions when my siblings came into the kitchen to see how I was progressing. The unusual thing about these visits was that each visitor carried a plate. They left munching on a pancake. By the time I came to pouring the last drops of batter on to the pan all the prepared pancakes had disappeared.
Years later when Elly was at primary school I prepared the batter on the Monday night and we had pancakes for breakfast on Shrove Tuesday. She learned to vary her fillings, cream cheese, stewed fruit, jam or if I was not looking chocolate spread. I remember one occasion in her teen years a group of her peers were coming round to our house to play music, Trivial Pursuit or some such game. I made pancakes and left them plain with dishes of fruit, jam, cream, chopped nuts & ice cream so they had a choice of filling. At one stage the sound of laughter called my attention. There in the middle of the group was my Elly with a pancake filled to overflowing with a full selection of the fillings.
Nowadays I am more likely to prepare them with a savoury filling of stir fried vegetables, chicken and bacon, or to stack them with Maple Syrup and bacon. They make a lovely light supper dish with a side salad. I batch bake the pancakes and when they are cold stack them with layers of non-stick baking paper, wrap them and keep them in the freezer.
Have I made you hungry? If you want some you better come early!