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Flippin’ Delicious Pancakes

Sweet or savoury – what's your favourite? Emily Manning practises her pancake-flipping skills in preparation for Shrove Tuesday:

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, is a firm favourite in many households – and it’s not hard to see why. This year, the much-awaited sugar-filled day occurs on February 9th and marks the last day before the start of Lent, traditionally the start of abstinence for 40 days.

We all have our own favourite pancake toppings and treats, from the caster sugar and lemon juice classic, to chocolate and banana, maple syrup, or even whipped cream and strawberries – but what about changing things this year? Here are some novel suggestions:

Savoury pancakes

Pancakes are very versatile – why stop with the sweet variety, when savoury pancakes can be an option too? Plus, you will be the coolest mum ever if your kids get to have pancakes for dinner, followed by pancakes for dessert! Some savoury options include spinach and ricotta, sweetcorn pancakes with a chilli dipping sauce, creamy chicken tarragon, crispy duck and plum sauce, smoked salmon and chive pancakes, or a more Irish option of potato pancakes with bacon.

Throw a pancake party

Whether you invite friends over, or keep your pancake party for family only, it is a great excuse to sit around the table and have some fun. The key to this is a little preparation. Before you start work on the pancakes, get your toppings and accompaniments ready and in bowls on the table. You could ask everyone to pick two or three toppings each, then throw in a few random ones – you never know, you may find a new favourite!

Some suggestions include chocolate chips, baked bananas, peanut butter, toffee sauce, ice cream, maple syrup, sliced fruits, raspberry or blueberry coulis, stewed apples or rhubarb with cinnamon, chopped pecans or walnuts, honey, crème fraîche, pineapple chunks...anything goes!

Top pancake tips

  • Don’t over mix your batter – mix until the ingredients are just combined, otherwise you run the risk of a rubbery pancake.
  • Allow the batter to rest for at least a few minutes, ideally about 30 minutes, before starting to cook.
  • Use a non-stick pan and give it time to heat up sufficiently before adding the batter.
  • Don’t press down on your pancakes with a spatula, as you’ll remove all the air.
  • If you’re making a batch for the family and want to all eat together, stack the cooked pancakes between sheets of greaseproof paper to avoid sogginess.
How do you like your pancakes? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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