Posted 13th February 2015 by Martha Burton
Flipping 'eck, Pancake Day is almost here!
Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, falls the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. To celebrate this occasion, and prepare for the 40 days of fasting that takes place during Lent, a feast of delicious pancakes is enjoyed. Pancakes are a great way to use up the fresh ingredients that may be left in your fridge, which would otherwise go off during fasting. It’s clear to see why Pancake Day is one of our favourite foodie celebrations! Whether you're a traditionalist who sticks to a classic pancake with a sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of lemon, or an experimentalist who mixes things up with some exotic toppings, there’s a pancake combo to suit everyone.
We have gathered together a collection of pancake recipes for those with special dietary requirements and those who are keen to try something different this year.
Pancakes for special diets
People with intolerances don't have to miss out on Pancake Day. These simple Gluten-free pancakes are wonderfully light and are perfect for coeliacs or those who want to avoid gluten. Why not try them topped with fresh strawberries and soft brown sugar? Alternatively, these Gluten-free prawn stuffed pancakes will really hit the savoury spot if you're after something a little different.
Although most classic pancake recipes call for eggs and milk, they can be just as delicious without, and these Dairy and egg-free crêpes are perfect for those with intolerances. The eggs have been swapped out and coconut milk has been used, but taste is not compromised at all – you still get a lovely creamy flavour and light texture. If you’re not a fan of coconut milk, you could always try these Dairy and egg-free banana pancakes, which use soya milk instead. Adding banana, lemon juice and cinnamon to the batter packs these pancakes full of flavour. Top with your favourite fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup.
If you’re looking for a pancake with a fruity twist, give these Oatmeal, honey and blueberry crêpes a go. Wholesome oatmeal and warming nutmeg are added to the batter to give a crêpe that’s more filling thanks to the nutritious oatmeal. Alternatively, if you fancy a more indulgent pancake, these Banana buttermilk pancakes are extra creamy and delicious, with a zestiness from the added orange. Enjoy a stack, American-style.
If you don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, we’ve got some great savoury pancake recipes that’ll be right up your street. These Wholemeal pancakes with lemon cream cheese, avocado and tomatoes offer a different texture and combine the herby flavours of basil and parsley, giving a fresh taste. When paired with creamy avocado and cherry tomatoes, they’re a little more virtuous than classic sweet pancakes. Take inspiration from the traditional Greek dish Spanakopita and try topping your pancakes with spinach, ricotta, feta and pine nuts for a delicious cheesy alternative.
If you really want to impress friends and family this Pancake Day, you need the show-stopping Pancake layer cake. This sophisticated creation includes 20 (yes, 20!) layers of light pancakes sandwiched with creamy vanilla custard, topped with fresh whipped cream and zingy raspberry sauce. A fun way to tart up a stack of pancakes, and it looks seriously impressive!
Whatever your pancake preference, be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments below.