Today is Shrove Tuesday, which means one thing – pancakes. While I don’t observe Lent, I am very partial to pancakes – several times during the year in fact. Crepes, American style…whatever variation they come in, pancakes will always put a smile on my face.
They are stupidly easy to rustle up with no excuse to buy the shop-bought packs in the supermarket (M&S, I’m looking at you…how dare you sell ready-made pancakes for Pancake Day?). Seriously, how could anyone even think about buying preprepared pancakes stuffed with preservatives? Make them at home! The ingredients are simple: flour, egg, milk and a pinch of salt. Then you can go to town on the fillings.
Well I’ve got something to show you that really simplifies making pancakes and there is very little washing up involved too. Meet Lékué’s Kit Crepes & Pancakes*. Lékué are the folks behind a number of clever utensils to make cooking quick, fun and easy. I love their Microwave Steam Case so much that I have one at home and one at work. The Kit Crepes & Pancakes is absolutely brilliant and no, the novelty of it will never wear off once you’ve tried it. I’ve had this for a couple of months and used it about a dozen times. In fact I haven’t gone back to making pancakes the old-fashioned way since acquiring this.
Basically it’s a batter shaker and it is all you need to make pancakes and crepes. It even has measurements for the ingredients marked on the outside. With no spoons, forks or whisks to mix and stir, how does it work? With two balls. Yes, you read that correctly.
The kit comes with two plastic balls that knock about in the shaker and miraculously mix the ingredients together for a smooth batter and the entire thing takes about 15 seconds. Genius! It’s a cocktail shaker but for pancakes. I don’t know what the significance of the hole-y inner lid is other than perhaps to act as a sieve in catching any lumpy bits (of which there are none).
Once the batter is ready, that funny looking sieve/lid and the top part of the lid can be removed before pouring the batter straight into the frying pan. No need for bowls, jugs, cups and a whisk (manual or electric). This kit does it all and fast.
I knocked up these pancakes (or crepes, if you must) in less than a minute and made four from the one of the recipes by Lékué. The raspberry coulis was dead easy too – a handul of raspberries blitzed in the food processor with a tablespoon of icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon (or lime) before pouring it through a sieve. Then I smeared nutella on the pancakes before rolling them up. Good grief, they were delicious.
The Kit Crepes & Pancakes costs £29.90 and comes with a spatula. I’m guessing the name has literally been translated from a European language as the syntax should be Crepets & Pancake Kit. Any way! Lékué also has a Batter Shaker for £19.90 and as far as I can tell, the only difference is the spatula included in the kit otherwise the Batter Shaker is far better value for money and comes in a four different colours. Love it!