Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the first day of Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a time of fasting and giving things up, so Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and use up all the foods that you aren’t meant to eat in Lent. So that’s butter, eggs and more butter, plus chocolate, sugar, cream, more chocolate and more sugar.
Pancakes are simple and quick to make: 110g plain flour, 2 eggs, 200ml milk, 75ml water and a pinch of salt whisked together for the batter to make around six. Then put butter in a frying pan, pour in around 2tbsp of the batter, lightly fry, and then flip!
My favourite filling is the simple lemon and sugar, closely followed by Nutella, banana and ice-cream. Or occasionally I like a savoury one with mushrooms, spinach and cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about them, yum.
There are so many options to choose and not enough batter! So here are my top tasty and unusual choices that I’ll be flipping on Tuesday:
1. Banana nutmeg
Simply stir in ½ a teaspoon of nutmeg with the dry ingredients and add in chopped bananas when cooking your pancakes. (A spatula is recommended rather than flipping here!)
2. Chocolate chunks
Add big chunks of chocolate (Toblerone is my favourite) to the pan before you flip! Simple but amazing.
Simply stir in 1 teaspoon of dry ginger to the ingredients before you cook. A powerful kick that works well served with vanilla ice-cream.
4. Peanut butter (not for the faint hearted)
Add some icing sugar to your peanut butter and smother onto your cooked pancake. Top with banana and chocolate sauce.
5. Thank Crunchie it’s Tuesday
Bash a Crunchie bar in a bowl, add 50g soft butter, some icing sugar and 2 tbsp honey. Then put this in the fridge to set. Spread liberally over your warm pancake and enjoy!
Pancakes are quick, cheap and easy to cook. My fillings aren’t the healthiest, but Pancake Day comes but once a year and we’re worth it, so we should indulge!