Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday as it’s more traditionally known, is a feast that’s celebrated in its various forms across the world. The occasion is popular with many, especially families and schools that recreate their own recipes of this sweet or savoury snack.
There are many options for technique and fillings, so feast your eyes on our top Pancake Day recipes to try out this February.
Classic British pancakes
As lovers of the more traditional of pancake recipes, us Brits often serve ours with lemon and sugar or a drizzle of golden syrup. Pancake Day precedes lent, and was previously created to use up the rich foods in a household. For a classic pancake recipe you will need:
- 110g plain flour – sifted
- Pinch of salt
- Two eggs
- 200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
Add the flour to a bowl and create a well in the centre. Add the two eggs to the hole. Mix the batter, adding the liquid gradually until there are no more lumps. Using a frying pan, add a small amount of fat and once hot, add a ladle of the batter mix to the pan. Tossing is optional, so you might choose to use a palette knife to help avoid any pancake disasters.
Serve up with a squirt of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of sugar for a post-dinner dessert treat.
French crêpes with savoury fillings
Ah the crêpe! The French are renowned for their style of pancake making which typically involves a very similar recipe but made with the addition of buckwheat flour and a traditional crepe pan. The French are fans of adding both savoury and sweet toppings to their crepes, including ham, cheese, an egg and spinach for a tasty main course. For a Parisian style pancake use:
- 500ml whole milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 80g butter melted
- 70g buckwheat flour
- 105 plain flour
- 3 large eggs
The batter is best left over night, covered in preparation for a crêpe feast the next day!
American style with bacon and maple syrup
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What about combining both sweet and savoury delights with a pancake? Well that’s exactly what Americans like to do, opting for a thicker and smaller stack of pancakes, coupled with crispy bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup. It may sound unusual to us, but it’s a popular choice for breakfast feasts in the USA. If American is more your style, you’ll need the following:
- 135g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 130ml milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp melted butter
Sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl and in another, in a separate bowl add in the milk, butter and eggs, then pour into the dry mixture, beating as you go. Heat oil or butter in a frying pan and add a ladle of the thick mixture. Flip over half with through for a browning on both sides.
Then add your toppings.
Vegan banana pancakes
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If you’re intolerant to gluten or dairy, you may be thinking why do they get to have all the fun on Pancake Day? Fear not, this vegan recipe will satisfy your pancake craving. All you’ll need is:
- 1 cup of gluten free oats
- 2/3 of a cup of ground almonds
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ a cup of ground flaxseed
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- A pinch of sea salt
- Coconut oil for cooking
Blend the oats and add the banana, then add the additional ingredients and blend further until you get a smooth mixture. Put in a separate bowl and add a little coconut oil to your hot pan. Add a ladle of pancake mixture and flip when ready.
Serve up with a combination of fruit and yoghurt for a healthy option to this yearly tradition.
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A South Indian staple, if you’re looking to try something new this Pancake Day, why not opt for the Indian dosa recipe. You will need:
- 1 cup gram (chickpea) flour
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon bicarb of soda
- 2 ½ teaspoons mustard seeds
- Olive oil
Add dry ingredients together, gradually whisk in around 400ml of water to make a runny batter. Add oil to a pan and move around with a kitchen towel to cover the pan. Add a ladle of the batter to the pan and twist around to cover. Add you mixture of pre-cooked sweet potato or spinach and roll up in the pan.
Serve with a sweet chutney and yoghurt dip.
So, why not try something different this Pancake Day in the form of a pancake French style or an Indian dosa? Add some creative flair to your tasty treats for all the family!