Throughout the winter season there are plenty of notable days to make the colder weather and darker evenings more bearable. From Christmas to Valentine’s Day there’s a wealth of things to celebrate before winter is over and the most gluttonous of these days is Pancake Day. Pancake Day affords us all the opportunity to stuff ourselves to our hearts content with sweet, fried discs of batter, stuffed with whatever fillings we choose. To help you get your Pancake Day off to a flying start we’ve selected some of the best recipes for you to find inspiration.
The traditional pancake day
If you’re looking for a basic pancake recipe for you to spice up as and when you please then this is the option for you. This pancake recipe uses only a few ingredients, so you’re given free reign to change the taste of your pancakes with your fillings of choice.
125g plain flour
1 egg and one egg yolk
300ml milk (dairy or non-dairy)
To make this traditional pancake day staple simply sift your flour and make a well in the middle. Whisk together the egg and egg yolk with a little bit of your milk, then pour into the well and mix in. Whisk in the rest of the milk slowly, mixing as you go. Leave to stand for around 30 mins whilst your frying pan heats up.
Pour a little oil on your frying pan and ladle two to three tablespoons of the batter into the pan, tilting it so it spreads evenly in a circular shape. Once cooked on one side, flip it over using either a spatula or some expert pancake flipping skills if you’re brave enough.
Alternatives for pancake day
For those with a gluten-free diet then simply subbing out the plain flour in the above recipe for a gluten free suitable flour is fine. If you’re vegan or dairy-free then using a dairy free milk and using 2 ripe bananas instead of the eggs in this recipe will leave you with perfect pancakes.
To spice up your basic pancake mix, once you’ve decided on the one most suitable for you, you can choose to add a few exciting spices or extras to really make your tastebuds pop and your pancake day one to remember.
Red velvet pancakes
Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder and red food colouring to your basic pancake mix. Top this with cream cheese frosting, which you can make yourself or buy pre-made.
Grab a few different bottles of food colouring, divide your batter into as many bowls as colours you have and simply add a bit of different colouring to each batch of batter.
Double chocolate heaven
Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your basic batter and fold in as many chocolate chips as you like.
Cook your pancake as usual, but before flipping lay a ring of apple on the uncooked side, pushing it in firmly enough so that the batter forms around it properly. Allow your pancake to cook sufficiently before flipping over as this will ensure the apple is fixed properly in the batter.
Combine half a cup of flour, half a cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 6 tablespoons of cubed butter or margarine and rub with fingers until a crumb mix is formed. Sprinkle this over your freshly cooked apple pancakes with a drizzle of syrup.
Fry off some sliced bananas in some oil. Coconut or canola oil is preferable as it won’t affect the taste of the banana. For a luxurious version you could swap this out for butter or margarine though the taste will be quite rich. Add a few spoonfuls of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and serve over pancakes with some walnuts and syrup.
Pancakes are a great thing to wake up to on pancake day, making getting out of bed a much more appealing prospect. To ensure a slightly healthy version of this indulgent breakfast option simply make sure you spoon plenty of fruit on top of your serving. Tinned peaches, bananas, berries, pineapple, mango or just a quick splash of lemon goes well.
Let us know how you get on with your pancake day mixes and topping this year in the comments section!