“Pancake Tuesday”, “Shrove Tuesday”, “Fat Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”. Whatever you call it, there’s one thing that they all have in common – it’s an excuse to eat as many pancakes as you want.
But before you can get your creative muscles working on the new ideas we have for you below, you have to have one basic thing. A foolproof pancake recipe, which is what we’ve got for you right here:
What you’ll need: (to make approximately 8 pancakes)
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups 1% milk
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp margarine (butter or oil will also work)
1 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp sugar (This depends on how sweet you want them. If making savoury pancakes you can leave it out altogether).
- Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in a bowl and stir together.
- Add the unbeaten egg and half of the milk.
- Use an electric or hand mixer to combine all the ingredients into a smooth batter. Add in the rest of the milk gradually while mixing.
- Add in your chosen filling of fruit, chocolate, food colouring etc.
- Spray a small frying pan with a low-fat spray or alternatively melt some butter/margarine.
- Heat pan on a medium/high heat, add enough pancake mix to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Cook for approx 2 minutes on each side.
- Serve with your favourite topping and repeat.
Voila! There you have it your perfect pancake but wait….there’s more!
If a simple pancake isn’t enough to satisfy your tastebuds we’ve got a few more ideas to make your “Pancake Day” a little more interesting.
Liven it up with some colour
Everything’s a bit more exciting in multicolour and pancakes are no exception. If you’ve got some food colouring lying around this is the perfect time to use it; how you use it is completely up to you. Try colouring your batter separately to make rainbow pancakes (pictured right) or add a few drops before it sets in the pan and swirl around with a skewer or the tip of a knife for a more abstract design (pictured left).
Make a meal of it
Not all pancakes have to be sweet so if you’re not a fan of sugary treats, leave out the sugar and have some pancakes for dinner. Why not put your favourite sandwich filling in the middle and roll them up to make a wrap (some good fillers are turkey, ham, lettuce, tomatoes etc.). Or turn your wrap into a panini by grilling it for a few minutes. Or you could make your own pancake pizza by adding your favourite sauce, toppings and some grated cheese before putting it in the oven/microwave for a couple of minutes. (Tip: if you like this savoury pizza why not make it sweet with some jam, fruit and shredded white chocolate on top).
Add your favourite ingredients
Maybe you find pancakes a bit too boring or just to heavy to eat on their own – either way, pancakes can work for you too. Try adding some of your favourite fruit into the mix or what about some broken up pieces of your favourite candy? In reality, you can add virtually anything to make your own creation – so get experimenting! Some of our favourites are – apple & cinnamon, vanilla & raspberry, Malteser or Smarties (for a multicolour chocolate twist).
Make a “pancake cake”
Why not make a celebration out of it? Because a day named after our favourite breakfast food deserves a celebration. Make a few sweet pancakes and layer them with some tasty fillings. Try putting in some whipped cream and fruit, jam or Nutella and maybe even some butter cream icing on top to finish it off. It might be decadent but we all love some good comfort food and it would make a great activity for you and your flat mates/family etc.
But whether you decide to get adventurous like we have or prefer to do it old school with some maple syrup or lemon and sugar, we’re sure that you’ll have a great “Pancake Tuesday”.
And if you’re really proud of what you made send in a picture of your own creation to firstname.lastname@example.org to share it with the world!
Category: Quick Eats