Pancake day; the one day of the year where we can consumer our body weight in pancake mixture without feeling guilty! Also known as Shrove Tuesday, this delicious day of the year is all about indulging in foods that we sacrifice before the sequential fasting period of lent. So, why not make it a yummy one with our best guide on how to make a variety of different pancake recipes!
It's amazing how many people each year meaninglessly attempt to make their own pancakes, before giving up and popping to the local shop for the pre-made version. Once you get the hang of it, it's one of the simplest recipes around! So, whether you like towering stacks of fluffy buttermilk pancakes or more delicate, lacy thin crepes, we have a variety of different recipe options for you to try and test ready to impress!
- 4 large eggs
- 110g (4oz) Plain Flour
- 200ml (12fl oz) Milk
1. Start by sifting your flour into a mixing bowl. Don’t be tempted to skip this step as this makes sure your pancakes are light, fluffy & lump free.
2. Next, crack your eggs into your flour and whisk together. Slowly add your milk into the mixture whilst making sure to keep mixing. An electric mixer is perfect for this stage if you have one to keep that mixture looking smooth. You should be left with a smooth, think batter, looking for a slightly thick milk consistency.
3. It's now time to get frying! Be sure to pre-heat your frying pan and add a knob of butter to grease the surface ready for your first pancake. Use a ladle or a jug to pour your mixture into the bubbling pan. Cook for about a minute until you start to see small air pockets rising and the edges lifting and turning slightly brown. Then, flip it over (extravagantly as you'd like) and cook for the same amount of time.
And there you have it, your first pancake! Once you've mastered this process, you can get more creative with your recipes.
- 1 large egg
- 125g Plain Flour
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- 250ml (12fl ox) Milk
1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the bicarb.
2. Next, whisk the eggs lightly into the flour and slowly add your milk until the mixture looks thick, spongey and puffy.
3. Now you have your mixture, it’s time to get making your pancakes. Ladle a dollop of mixture into a pre-heated and greased pan, allowing them to spread out to as big as you want. Once ready, you will notice the sides to start crisping and going golden, this is when you should flip it!
Now you have your basic pancake mix, let jazz it up!
- Pancake mix
- Chocolate chips
- Marshmallows (mini or chopped)
- Graham crackers (crushed)
1. After creating your pancake batter and leaving it to sit in a bowl, mix up your chocolate chips, mini marshies and crushed graham crackers together in a separate bowl.
2. Ladle out and drop your desired amount of batter into your hot, greased pan, then following with an even sprinkle of the s’mores concoction from your other bowl. Leave these to sit whilst the bits cook into the pancakes, and flip.
3. Once cooked and golden brown on each side, remove them from the pan and place on a heated plate in the oven to keep them warm whilst you continue making and adding to your stack. Finish these off by layering and topping your stack with additional chocolate chips, marshmallows, graham cracker mixture and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. For an extra flamboyant touch, use a blow torch or your hob (please be careful) to toast your marshmallow garnish.
Let’s celebrate pancake day and finish your stack off with a candle!
- Pancake mix
- Vanilla pudding/yoghurt
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Rice Krispies
- Whipped cream or ice cream
1. Mix together your Rice Krispies and sprinkles together in a bowl and put aside with your pancake mix.
2. When adding your pancake mix into your pan, use a small spoon to drop a swirl of vanilla pudding into each pancake. Then follow immediately with your Krispies and sprinkles, letting them sink and set into the pancakes.
3. Finally, create a stack of your finished pancakes onto a plate with final lashings of vanilla pudding and sprinkles, finished with a blob of cream or ice cream on top!
Cheddar and chive pancakes
If you’re more of a savory tooth than a sweet tooth, this one’s for you!
- Pancake mix
- Cheddar cheese (sliced or shredded)
- Chives (finely chopped)
- Fried eggs
1. Create your usual pancake mix leaving the batter to sit and begin to heat up a pan with a blob of butter. Use your medium eggs and fry your desired amount before removing them from the heat and setting them aside.
2. Again, drop your desired amount of batter into your hot, greased pan and immediately follow with your cheese and chives, sprinkling these into the setting pancakes.
3. Once they have been flipped and are golden brown on either side, pop them onto your plate and created a stacked sandwich formation using the pancakes as the bread and eggs as the filling. Finish with a final sprinkling of cheese and chives!