Into a large mixing bowl, place:
4 ounces plain flour, sieved with
1/4 teaspoon / large pinch of salt.
Poke a dent into the middle of your flour mountain, and into that crack
one medium egg.
Sploosh half a pint of milk into the bowl.
Beat or whisk (or beat then whisk) the lot together until it is lump free and looking like cream.
Put a teatowel or plate over the top of the mixing bowl and leave it to stand in a safe, cool room (ie nowhere like a sauna and nowhere the cat can get it).
For a few hours.
Don't worry if it looks a bit funny - I mean slightly separated. In fact have a good look at that colour - its pretty much the same colour as the top of your pancake will go when you've successfully cooked the lower side.
Whisk it all back into a cream and get cracking. (That's UK slang for hurry along)
Heat a medium sized, heavy based frying pan containing as little oil or fat as possible, until it is threatening to smoke.
Swiftly land about half a teacup of batter into the middle of the pan with one hand, tipping and swirling the pan with the other, so that the batter reaches the edges and makes a circular pancake, before solidifying in the heat.
The top of the pancake will change colour, darkening slightly. It may even show signs of bubbles working their way through.
As soon as that happens (or sooner if any fine, delicate edges begin to look crisped), turn or flip the whole thing over and give the second side almost as much time as the first.
I know flipping is traditional, but hey, its your food, its your choice.
The second side usually doesn't need quite so long, assuming that there is even less fat on the base and the whole pan will be a bit hotter. This is when a turner comes in really handy because you can 'cheat', and peep at how the colour is coming along. If you're doing alright you should see a delicate lacy pattern.
And that's it all done!
Serve sprinkled with sugar, squirted with a dash of lemon juice, and rolled up. UK pancakes are rolled and placed side by side to fill a plate, not stacked.
(Of course you could get carried away and end up making five times as much mix, like I did, this year). In my 7" pan that came to about thirty pancakes, which means the original recipe makes approximately six.
Sounds about right.