With Pancake Day UK fast approaching once more, it’s a great time to delve into some different recipes to enjoy on this day. If you want some pancake recipes to enjoy when Shrove Tuesday comes around, the following information should help.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is the final normal day before Lent begins. Lent is all about giving something up, and this is why pancakes have become a tradition. They contain ingredients Christians normally wouldn’t eat during Lent, so they represent the last chance to eat something wonderful before Lent begins.
Of course you don’t have to be a Christian to delve into pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Many people eat them because they enjoy them – and what better time to have them than this?
Discovering some mouth watering pancake recipes
One of the great things about pancakes is you can have sweet or savoury ones. For example while many people enjoy them with sugar and a little golden syrup, there are all manner of other fillings you can have. Why not try a breakfast pancake filled with scrambled egg and strips of bacon for example? Alternatively you can opt for a more luxurious pancake with the famous mix of smoked salmon and scrambled egg.
Another popular filling – but very different from the suggestions above – is chocolate and banana. Slice the banana very thinly and grate the chocolate on top. Alternatively melt the chocolate or use a ready-made sauce.
Try for thicker pancakes too
The traditional pancake batter is a thin mix that provides equally thin pancakes, cooked through and flipped in just a couple of minutes. But you can go the American way too if you like, and produce smaller thicker pancakes in a small amount of time. The trick is to use self raising flour instead of plain, and to add some baking powder as well. This will produce a thicker mix that holds its shape and rises as you cook it. This gives a slightly different flavour and allows you to put other items such as blueberries or raisins in them. In fact, lemon and raisin pancakes are perfect and give a very refreshing taste – just add a little lemon juice to the pancake mix and stir in some raisins to provide the perfect finish.
Pancake Day UK is the perfect time to experiment with some new pancake recipes. Some people even add some mashed potato into the mix to make chunkier pancakes. These make breakfast pancakes that little bit more robust and able to see you through the day – especially if you’re adding sausage and bacon to them.
As you can see, whatever your taste buds may desire, pancakes can provide the answer. In fact if you want to have something different for breakfast, lunch or dinner on 12th February, what better excuse could there be than to cook some pancakes? It doesn’t matter whether you have them plain American style or anything in between, you can be sure those pancakes will be mouth watering.
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