Beans Means Brits
Baked beans, in the form that we know them today, were first sold in Britain in 1886. Luxury grocers, Fortnum and Mason, first sold them as a delicacy and imported from the US.
Posted on Jan 09, 2015 by Andy
Oct 29, 2014 by British Blog
Although plenty of pancakes are eaten in Britain, most are consumed on Pancake Day, the day that has traditionally marked the last big blowout before the extended fast of Lent. Unlike Americans, as a nation we tend not to eat pancakes regularly - which is a pity, because they are one of the most versatile, easy to cook and convenient foods around.
Why not break with tradition, and incorporate a few more pancakes into your life? Here is a basic recipe for 'crepe' style pancakes, of the type most frequently eaten in Britain (this batter, incidentally, tastes even better if you leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours). It is followed by a list of toppings, to inspire you.
Basic pancake recipe
Take 60g plain flour, one medium egg, a pinch of salt and 175ml milk, mix them and beat well. Melt a little butter in a frying pan and pour over a thin film of batter. Cook this until the edges begin to curl up and then turn it over. Cook briefly, then transfer to a plate.
If you fancy a truly authentic American pancake experience, you will want to make pancakes in the American style, which produces a smaller and thicker pancake rather like a Scotch pancake or drop scone.
To make American pancakes, mix 135g plain flour, one teaspoon of baking powder and two tablespoons of sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together 130ml of milk with a large, beaten egg and whisk in two tablespoons of melted butter. Pour the liquid into the dry mixture and beat them together until combined.
Then, melt some butter in a frying pan and pour in a ladleful of batter. The pancake will look quite thick, but this is how it should be. Cook the pancake on each side until golden brown, then serve.
Traditionally, American pancakes are served with butter and syrup (specially maple syrup) but any of the toppings given above would be lovely - or why not invent your own? You can also add raisins or blueberries to the batter before cooking, to add a fruity twist to this recipe.