Serving Up a Flipping Good Pancake for Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of lent, a period traditionally meant for giving up indulgent foods – and so pancakes were made as a way to use up all ingredients.
But for many of us now, flipping, stacking and covering pancakes in our favourite toppings is just a delicious way to indulge on a winter night and eat our body weight in sweet (or savoury) stacks of goodness.
To celebrate, our customer Danielle Rooke has created a selection of delicious pancake recipes for you to try out. Here’s what she whipped up:
If there was ever a time to get creative – pancake day is the day! It’s one of my favourite days of the year simply because of the fond memories of making pancakes with my family every year since being a child. I can’t deny I love a traditional lemon & sugar pancake, but this year, I thought I’d be a little more creative and have perfected three scrumptious recipes to suit everybody’s taste!
I went for the light, fluffy American pancake style because these are perfect for piling up high, ready for lashings of toppings! The recipe I used is below (you can swap out any ingredients for gluten free, dairy free or any dietary requirements)! You can also use either butter or oil to cook with, but I opted for the buttery fry light spray.
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 large egg
Fry Light butter
Simply mix your dry ingredients into one bowl and mix your egg and milk into a separate bowl before combining and whisking them together and then get cooking! These measurements will make around 4/5 pancakes, depending on the size of your desired pancake.
Top tip: make sure your pan is on a high heat and flip your pancake after around 20 seconds
Bacon and Syrup
Pancake recipe as above
4 bacon medallions
Golden syrup to serve
For the savoury fans out there! Pancakes with bacon make the perfect breakfast treat so if you’re an early riser, this ones for you! I used smoked bacon medallions as I’m super fussy when it comes to bacon fat and these are less wasteful for me but you can use your favourite bacon.
I made the mixture using the ingredients and recipe above and piled up 3 fluffy pancakes, topped with 4 bacon medallions and a generous drizzle of golden syrup (try maple syrup too). These were super yummy!
Chocolate Chip with Nutella, Banana and Strawberries
Pancake recipe as above
25g choc chips or choc chunks
Sliced strawberries (handful)
If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this one! Using the same method and pancake ingredients, add in around 25g choc chips or choc chunks and stir until evenly spread. Melt 2 tbsp Nutella for around 2 minutes in the microwave and add 1 sliced banana and a handful of sliced strawberries to garnish. If Nutella isn’t for you, try melting your favourite chocolate bar or drizzle over some chocolate sauce! I piled up 4 pancakes for this one as it’s my favourite.
Top tip: the bigger the chocolate chunks in your mixture, the more melted choc in your pancake! (You can never have too much chocolate, right?)
1 pancake mix or pancake recipe as above
For the adventurous! For my final recipe, I tried something quite unique – and also used a premade pancake mixture you can find in supermarkets to see how they live up to my recipe.
I found this pink vanilla pancake mixture in Asda which looked delicious and it inspired me to create a donut pancake dish! You simply add 150ml cold water to the mixture (it smelt incredible)! This one is super cheap and easy to use if you’re short of time and want to whip up pancakes quickly.
For the pancake donuts, I simply cut out the middle of the pancakes with a knife, drizzled over some icing and sprinkles. For the icing, I used icing sugar and water mixed together (double the amount of icing sugar to water) – or just go with however thick you like it.
If you want to go that extra mile you can even add a small amount of food colouring to the mixture (I used pink, obviously!) For this I’d advise using a toothpick rather than a spoon as a little goes a long way and too much colouring will ruin the texture of your pancakes.
And then it’s time for the best part – eating your delicious creations!
I hope everyone has a lovely Pancake Day and enjoys getting creative with your designs! Why not get the kids involved and get pancake messy - it’s totally worth it!
If you’re thinking of creating one of these yummy recipes this pancake day, make sure you tag us in your delicious creations on our social channels – we’d love to see them!