Recipe of the Month
Practice makes perfect, right? So why not get cracking, whisking and flipping in time for Pancake Tuesday on March 5.
Pancake Tuesday is the last day before the season of Lent, a time of preparation before the coming of Easter in the Christian Church. It is also a time of reflection and fasting, where many Christians choose to give up something for 40 days, such as sweets, television or biting their nails!
Traditionally, the idea behind ‘Pancake Tuesday’ was to empty the cupboards of sugar, eggs and fats to avoid all temptations during Lent. These ingredients weren’t thrown out, but instead used to make lots of yummy pancakes. There are thousands of different topping combinations you can use, but below are some of my favourites that I’ll be trying over the next few days. Don’t forget – it’s important to get the right balance between nutrition and treats, so go easy!
- Pour the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the milk and egg together before adding in the melted butter.
- Combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Then, let it stand for a few minutes.
- Carefully heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add your oil.
- Spoon a ladle of batter to the pan. When the top of the pancake begins to bubble, flip it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.
- Repeat from Step Three until all the batter is used.
- Serve with toppings and enjoy!
- Yogurt is a healthy option when served with fresh fruits
- Fresh whipped cream with colourful sprinkles
- Melted peanut butter with crushed biscuits (my favourite are McVitie’s Hobnobs)
- Ice cream, but be quick as this will melt if you stare at it too long
- Fresh fruit slices – bananas, apples, peaches, pears
- Whole fruits – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
- Fruit juice – lemon, pineapple, lime, orange
- Nutella – I usually add sliced strawberries with this topping
- Chocolate chips – pick between dark, white or milk chocolate chips
- Maple syrup
- Caramel sauce
- Cinnamon syrup
- Bacon – it’s even nicer when it’s crispy and maple syrup is drizzled over it
- Melted cheddar cheese
- Delicious nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachios
Will you be making pancakes?