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Pancake Day for dummies: How to make the best pancakes from your uni house

It’s actually quicker and easier than you think!


The cozzy living crisis has cut my student loan spending short this year, so a trip to The Dispensary on Pancake Day is off the cards. Luckily, it turns out that making pancakes yourself is quicker than making the trip into town – and there’s the added bonus of being able to make (and eat) as many as you want. We’ve created a fail-safe guide for you to have a wholesome night in making pancakes with your uni house – trust me when I say if even I can make these, you definitely can.

1. Grab your ingredients

All you need to make pancakes are eggs, flour and milk, which you likely already have knocking around the house somewhere. If you don’t, run down to the shop to grab the three – you can get them at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose for £3.50, or Tesco for £3.60 (every penny counts for me at the moment, so I know where I’d be going).

Once you have your ingredients together, you’ll need a mixing bowl (or any clean bowl you can find), a fork and a frying pan.

 2.  Make the batter

If you have scales or measuring jugs in your uni house then I applaud you. If you’re like me however, trust the eyeball process.

  • Add one cup of flour into the bowl and make a little well in the middle
  • Crack two eggs into the little well and start mixing it together with a fork
  • Pour in 3/4 of a cup of milk slowly whilst mixing
  • Then add half a cup of water whilst mixing
  • Keep mixing until the batter is smooth

If something doesn’t look quite right, you may have to add a little more flour or milk until it reaches the right consistency. These measurements should make about 12 pancakes – depending on the size of your frying pan.

3.  Cook the pancakes!

Grease the frying pan with a little bit of butter and add a ladle of the batter into the pan. Cook for about a minute before flipping onto the other side (or use a spatula if you’re not as brave). Once they are brown and speckled on both sides, add them to a plate, either to stack or to eat straight away.

4. The fun bit – adding all the toppings

Now the pancakes are cooked the real creative process starts. What goes on your pancakes is what makes it – whether you’re a basic lemon juice and sugar girl like me, or like to style it out with every combination under the sun. Newcastle Grainger Market has a huge variety of fruits that you can try on top – we had a Nutella and banana combo with some of Grainger Market’s finest. You could even go for savoury pancakes to start with (seriously, don’t knock pancakes and gravy until you’ve tried it) and make it into a full meal.

These will genuinely take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish, so definitely worth a try next Tuesday! Send a picture of the final products over to us on @thetabnewcastle on Instagram and we’ll give it a rate.

Happy Pancake Day!