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Pancakes are incredibly versatile and they are well-loved around the world. Here, we take a look at 7 simple and traditional recipes to prepare you for Shrove Tuesday. Known as Pancake Day to many, Shrove Tuesday occurs on March 5th 2019 in the UK and dates back many centuries.
Last updated: 26th Feb 2019 at 3:52pm
These sweet or savoury treats, often called crepes, are traditionally eaten before Lent on the run-up to Easter, pancakes are a great way to use up milk and eggs. Why not try one of these recipes:
The traditional British Pancake is easy to make. Simply sift the flour into a large bowl and add a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add a beaten egg. Next, add half of the milk and beat with a whisk or fork, adding the rest of the milk gradually to form a smooth batter. Let this rest for 15 minutes.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, with a little oil or butter and pour in a small amount of batter. You should cook the pancake for about a minute and then flip it over and cook for another 30 seconds and serve.
The traditional British toppings include a sprinkle of caster sugar and a squirt of lemon juice.
For breakfast on the go, a roll-up pancake is a perfect solution. You can follow the recipe above and add a sweet topping, such as strawberry jam, Nutella or peanut butter.
Next, fold in the sides and the roll up the pancake to keep the toppings inside. You can wrap the rolled up crepe in tinfoil or freeze it for up to a month.
If baking doesn’t fit in with your vision of convenience, or you have very little time; then a pancake mix is a marvellous alternative. You can find this mix in your supermarket (usually in the cake aisle) and typically you will only need to add water to make the batter.
American Pancakes are quick to make and they are fluffy and thick instead of thin (like the British substitute). To begin, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Secondly, add the egg, melted butter, and milk. Beat the mixture to make a batter.
Heat the oil or butter in a pan and then ladle the batter into the pan. Cook the pancake until bubbles appear, then flip over and cook for another minute until golden brown. Traditional toppings include fresh berries and maple syrup, although people also try different combinations of chocolate sauce, banana, peanut butter, bacon, honey and apple.
This buttermilk pancake recipe is great for those who want to be prepared ahead of time. You can mix all of these dry ingredients and store them in a sealable container.
To make the batter for your frying pan, mix 190g of the dry mix with one egg and 85g water. You can add more water or a little oil if the batter is too thick.
Wholemeal pancakes are a healthier option to those that use plain flour. First, mix the dry ingredients and then add the eggs and water and mix and cook the same as the recipes above.
This pancake recipe is a variant of the recipes above as the method is the same but the ingredients used are much healthier. This recipe uses oat bran or wheat bran instead of white flour, reduces the number of eggs, and replaces the butter and sugar with lower calorie alternatives such as canola oil and SPLENDA.
You can go wild and experiment with different toppings. Some popular pancake toppings include blueberries, strawberries, cooked apples, toasted walnuts, peach Melba, Golden Syrup, lemon curd, passion fruit, and chopped mango.
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