Check out our recipe variations for this delicious day!Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, lands on Tuesday 25th February this year. The exact date changes every year because it’s determined by Easter - but is always the last day before Lent. It’s a tradition that’s more than 1,000 years old - originally invented as a way of using up all the leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent begins.
Today,its generally known as the one day in the year when nearly every kitchen in the UK will get themselves ready for flipping competitions and inevitably cause a few pancake covered ceiling incidents along the way.
With just three cheap and easy to get hold of ingredients required to make a tasty basic pancake - eggs, plain flour and milk - just add a good non-stick frying pan and you’re half way there! Here is our recipe for your best basic pancake!
Easy-peasy ‘Rule the Roost’ pancake (serves 4)
• 200g plain flour
• 2 large egg
• 350ml milk (or half milk, half water for a lighter pancake)
Plus a couple of cupboard basics:
• Pinch of salt
• Oil, for frying
• Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in a little salt.
• Lightly beat together the egg and milk and pour over the flour mixture, a little at a time, whisking it well, to give a smooth pancake batter.
• Heat a frying pan and very lightly grease the base of it with a piece of kitchen paper dipped in oil. Pour a thin layer of batter over the base of the pan. Cook it until the edges start to curl back.
• Here’s the fun (and potentially messy part!). Either flip the pancake, or use a palette knife to loosen it around the edges (the former being for ceiling sticking fun-seekers and latter for us careful chefs).
• Pop onto a plate and load up with your favourite toppings!
The pancake toppings can get as weird and wonderful as you like. While the weirdest we discovered had to be sour cream and caviar, ketchup and mustard and coco pops and cream (actually that sounds good!), here are a selection of the top sweet toppings as voted for by the Student Roost team:
1. Good old fashioned lemon and sugar
2. Nutella (and banana for one of your 5 a day!)
3. Maple syrup
4. Ice cream
5. Greek yoghurt and honey
6. Honey and cashews
8. Lemon curd
9. Fruit -strawberries and blueberries are firm favorites
10. Bacon and maple syrup - for an American spin
Mmmmm bacon.....slightly distracted by this addition, what are the other greatsavoury combinations? How about the classic cheese and ham? Or if you want something a little more avant-garde, why not try sweetcorn, feta and spring onion? And here’s one that tops the list for me, crispy duck and peach. Who knew Pancake Day had gone all Masterchef?!
Hold the gluten
But what if all or some of those three simple basic pancake ingredients aren’t part of your diet. It’s estimated that more than 8.4 million people in the UK are now gluten free. Can you still enjoy Pancake Day?
For some, bananas provide the answer. Change your magic three ingredients to banana, eggs and baking powder and voila! Without the baking powder they take on more of an omelette texture, but delicious and fluffy nonetheless!
But bananas aren’t for everyone. The pancakes do taste like, you’ve guessed it....banana!How about gluten free pancakes that feel more like the real deal?
Or try this for a savoury version?
Vegans and those avoiding dairy need not miss out either. You’ll be pleased to know that there are a raft of fabulous and tasty vegan recipes out there. Here are a few that rated highly in our taste test....and crucially, aren’t a huge faff to make!
Wow just wow - these look and taste like the real deal
You can count on Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella fame to make it easier to navigate Pancake Day in gluten free, vegan style.
And this one also ticks all the boxes, vegan, gluten and dairy-free (just make sure your buckwheat flour is indeed gluten free).
And this one won the savoury taste test hands-down!
Here’s one I made earlier!
Just remember, if your prowess in the kitchen is more Michael McIntyre than Michelv Roux, then have no fear, taking the easy way to make your pancakes is not a new thing. The first ready mix batter sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour,invented in 1889 in Missouri, USA. It wasn’t very popular at the beginning but funnily enough, is now a multi-billion dollar empire!
Top pancake batter mixes
Classic pancake batter mix: Mcdougalls classic pancake mix
Glutenfree: Mrs Crimbles gluten free mix
Vegan:Vegan Protein pancake mix
So there you have it, a failsafe way of enjoying Pancake Day whatever your dietary requirements. And as if this day could not get any better, good old Marks &Spencer has just announced the launch of a brand new, boozy pancake sauce ready for the special day - a lemon, gin and tonic drizzle! Described as ‘tasty and zesty and emulating the classic taste of gin and tonic’, I’m not sure it will knock lemon and sugar off the top topping slot, but sounds like it will give it a good go! And once the pancake eating is over, why not check out our easy bake recipes for more delicious recipes.