Gordon Ramsay's pancakes seem more like crepes to Americans, but another Michelin-starred chef says it's the best way to make them
- Gordon Ramsay recently made pancakes on Instagram in honor of Shrove Tuesday in the UK.
- Some fans didn't realize British pancakes differ from American pancakes and criticized his method.
- Michelin-star chef Brad Carter told Insider that he's "all in with Gordon on the thin ones!"
But they were soon the ones getting schooled when it became clear they didn't know the difference between American and British pancakes.
Ramsay shared a video of himself making the dish in honor of Pancake Day, which is celebrated in the UK on Shrove Tuesday (commonly known in the US as Fat Tuesday).
"Pancake Day is one of the most exciting days in our household," Ramsay told his fans. "So I'm going to show you how to make the most amazing pancakes."
The clip shows Ramsay mixing flour, milk, and eggs to make the thin pancakes, which he pairs with raspberries, strawberries, lemon juice and zest, as well as some honey.
Since Shrove Tuesday falls before the first day of Lent - a 40-day period where people often fast or give up certain foods before Easter - pancakes have historically been made on this day in the UK as a way to get rid of ingredients like sugar and flour.
American pancakes aren't the same as the British version
Many of Ramsay's followers were clearly unaware of the difference in pancake styles in the US and the UK.
"That's crepes Mr. Ramsay. Where is fluffiness of the pancakes? Come on," one person wrote.
"But that's a crepe...not a pancake...and no one tell me that 'there's a whole world outside of America' because pancakes are called pancakes and crepes are called crepes in other countries too," another added.
Many of Ramsay's British fans were highly amused by the critiques.
"Wow the amount of Americans trying to say this isn't a pancake, this is what a REAL pancake looks like!" one person wrote.
"Bless, look at the Americans calling it crepes!!" another added.
Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter said Ramsay's pancakes are a perfect example of the British style
Unlike American pancakes, which have a raising agent like baking powder, British pancakes are normally made with all-purpose flour and no raising agent, giving them a much flatter appearance.
And both versions are different from traditional French crepes, which are commonly made with either buckwheat or all-purpose flour. While British pancakes and French crepes are more similar, crepes are traditionally much larger and thinner than British pancakes and only cooked on one side, whereas British pancakes are flipped.
"Sometimes crepes have butter in them and English ones don't," Carter, of Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, England, told Insider. "Obviously the French use a lot of butter!"
Carter said he prefers the British pancakes to the American version because "they're really versatile."
"They feel more light and take on the flavor of the pan a little more," he added. "I'm all in with Gordon on the thin ones!"
For those who want to try the British version at home, Carter recommends serving the thin pancakes with some lemon juice and sugar to keep things simple.
Or if you're craving something a little more savory, the Michelin-starred chef loves pairing thin pancakes with cheese at his restaurant.
"We basically make a flat pancake, then fold it around some soft cheese like a British version of a Brie, and a little bit of honeycomb, that's a really cool way of using it," Carter said. "Or wrap it around a poached egg and have an amazing cheese sauce over it as well."
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