How to make exciting pancakes

Pancake with ingredients
Pancake day was originally intended to use up all the perishable goods in the house before lent.
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It’s that wonderful time of year again – where Pancake Day gives us the perfect excuse we need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though if you’re bored of eating your standard pancake year in and year out, we’ve come up with some ideas to shake things up a bit in your kitchen.

Why do we celebrate pancake day?

Shrove Tuesday derives from the Christian faith, and comes just before lent. During the 40 days of lent, Christians are encouraged to give up fattier foods and fast, just as Jesus did in the desert. Nowadays you might tend to avoid chocolate for lent rather than follow the original purpose, but Shrove Tuesday is a way to use up your eggs, butter, milk, and fat.

It’s not a celebration limited to just Christians – anyone can cook up some pancakes just for fun! Whether in a pan, or with a crepe maker, we’ve got some ideas to show you how to make the best pancakes ever.

How can I make exciting pancakes?

English-style pancakes with lemon and sugar, traditional for Shrove Tuesday
The traditional flavour combination.
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If you’re a bit partial to the trusty addition of sugar and lemon as your topping of choice, there’s nothing wrong with that. Though if you want to shake things up this year to try something new, we’ve got some ideas to get you started! Why not try adding cinnamon to give a depth of flavour? Cinnamon is a wonderful spice that works wonderfully with apple – if you want to create a truly sweet treat, why not chop up some of the fruit to go with the spice?

Try a sweet sauce

Another way to jazz up your pancakes is by adding a delicious sauce. One that we would recommend giving a go is drizzling a blueberry compote over your stack. To make the compote, add a cup or two of blueberries to a pan with a quarter of a cup of sugar, two teaspoons of lemon juice, and three tablespoons of water. Cook on a medium heat, and squish a few of the blueberries to get some of that lovely flavour. After 10 minutes or so, the compote should be ready to put over your pancakes!

Savoury twist

Homemade Sweet Bacon Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Have you tried this classic savoury twist?
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Maybe you want a more savoury option for your Shrove Tuesday? Keep one of those eggs to one side to fry up, and combine some sliced ham with cheese on your pancakes. Top it off with the fried egg, and tuck in! Or you could try the classic combination of mixing bacon with maple syrup?

Feeling inspired?

If you want to get more adventurous, you could even experiment with the ingredients you use to create the pancake itself. Check out this mouthwatering recipe from The Baking Explorer which includes Oreos in the batter!

What are your favourite tried and trusted recipes for Shrove Tuesday? Let us know by dropping us a comment on our Facebook page!

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