How To Do Pancake Day Like The Queen

Why not add a regal touch to your Shrove Tuesday celebrations?

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Queen Elizabeth II
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Shrove Tuesday is one of the most underrated holidays in the year, in our humble opinion. It’s the one day you can make pancakes for every meal, and no one can say anything about it. This year, why not give your Shrove Tuesday a regal touch, and try the Queen's pancake recipe at home? Luckily for us, the royal chefs have previously revealed the extra special recipe they use when making pancakes for the Queen, and it includes an unexpected ingredient.

Allowing us a peek inside life at Buckingham Palace, the royal catering team divulged their method for making pancake batter. Their ingredients are:

  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 30g Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1.5 egg yolks
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 40g Butter

You read that right — butter. Not a typical ingredient for pancake batter, but this is not your typical pancake.

The royal chefs explained that they use butter to make a beurre noisette, a sweet nutty sauce that keeps the pancakes moist. To make this all you have to do is put the butter in the pan and simmer until all of the water in the butter is cooked off. Easy!

After that, you combine the salt, flour, and sugar in a bowl with the eggs and mix until the batter is smooth and lump-free. Then you add the milk and the beurre noisette, and you're ready for frying.

But what about toppings? Well, you’ll be unsurprised to hear the Queen opts for something rather fancy. The royal chefs say they top their pancakes with jam and cream, lemon and sugar, or ham, leek, and cheese.

There you have it. Now you have all the tools for a right royal pancake day. Nigella, watch your back, we’re coming for your chef’s hat.

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