Shrove Tuedsday ( that's Pancake Day to you and me )
How do you like your pancakes ? I like mine with honey, lemon juice, and a tiny sprinkling of sugar. Sweet and sharp at the same time, and with raspberries, blueberries or strawberries on the side. Maple syrup is too sickly for me and chocolate is a complete no-no. It's completely personal of course - how do you like yours ?
The pancake should be the size of a dinner plate, and very thin with crispy edges. I'm not a fan of the American stack or the notion that bacon might poke its nose in - although I DO love crispy bacon. Smaller pancakes are becoming popular now and that's cool too. I make them using Delia's recipe from my mum's old cookbook (see bottom of page) although I do know the measures - even if they are in ounces in my head (50g is 2oz ! ) When the kids were small they had them for breakfast at least once a week.
How to shoot pancakes
In the pan - in the air - or on the plate. Everyone does Pancake day in their own special way If you Flip it - Flash it. Use Focus Lock to make sure there's no delay (half press the shutter button.) If using your phone use Burst Mode to shoot lots of pictures - then choose the best one. Use natural light if possible when it's on the plate. ( maybe move the plate close to a window ) Make a little story from egg whisking to face stuffing. Get close for an abstract composition. Check your shots and repeat if necessary (tell the cook that you need another one for your assignment)
Flipping heck !
1. Make sure the flipping pan is flipping hot but not too flipping heavy 2. Not too much oil (we use a mix of butter & olive oil ) 3. Don't try to toss it too soon, & make sure it's not sticking to the pan. Pancakes should be well cooked & slightly crispy on one side before the first flip. 4. Tilt the pan away from you & let the pancake slide forward a little. This will help it to release and leave the pan. 5. It's all in the wrist speed. Flip it fast. 6. Practise a single flip first & then go for a triple salchow with twist
If it goes wrong......start again. The 5 second rule doesn't apply to pancakes
But don't hang about !! You've got pancakes to EAT !!!