“Everything can have drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.” Julia Child
We’re big fans of tradition here at Grant Macdonald - you’ll find it in the silversmithing techniques employed in our workshop, passed down from master to apprentice over hundreds of years.
Our love of tradition extends beyond the workshop, too - and with one of our favourite celebration days coming up next week, we’re keen to celebrate the history of the pancake, which has featured in cookery books as far back as 1439 - and the tradition of flipping them is nearly as old:
“And every man and maid doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” Pasquil’s Palin, 1619
A traditional English pancake is very thin, and should be served immediately, eaten while it’s still hot and the next one is cooking in the pan. Although any plate will do, we appreciate the wisdom of Julia Child, seeking a little more drama on pancake day.
At Grant Macdonald London, we’ve created a number of traditional designs for silver service, and have pioneered the use of modern technology to create tableware that would have been impossible to make in decades past, and will last for lifetimes to come.
Try setting the table with fine bone china, handcrafted in the historic home of fine English ceramics, and 3D printed cutlery that combines complex open-worked designs with traditional craftsmanship - much like a spoonful of nutella and a classic pancake batter, it’s the perfect blend of modern and traditional techniques.
Follow our traditional pancake recipe for a simple stack - complicated flipping technique optional:
100g plain flour
2 large eggs
1 tbsp oil, plus a little extra for frying
Put the flour, eggs, milk and oil into a bowl with a pinch of salt, and whisk until it forms a smooth batter - you can set this to the side to rest for 30 minutes if you have time
Heat a frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. Once hot, cook your pancakes for 1 minute on each side until golden.
Serve with your topping of choice - we’re partial to lemon wedges and caster sugar.
See our selection of tableware and enjoy your pancakes with the very best of British craftsmanship.