Why do we celebrate Pancake Day ?
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is a day traditionally celebrated by Christians and is observed the day before the beginning of Lent (Ash Wednesday). It falls in late February or early March depending on the Easter dates.
A key requirement of the Lent period is self-denial and fasting. In order to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before Lent, pancakes were made, hence the name Pancake Day.
Tips and tricks for pancake making
Here are some of the best pancake recipes around – but remember pancakes take longer than pikelets as you generally only cook one at a time.
If you want your pancakes to be extra light and fluffy, whip the egg whites and fold them into the mix (don’t forget to add the yolks too). When cooking them, make sure there are at least 10 popped bubbles on the top surface before you flip them.
You will have to play around with the heat so they don’t burn but also don’t take too long to cook.
Grab your pinny and get flipping!
This recipe uses the basics – sugar, egg and milk plus a bit of butter and self-raising flour.
- See here for a basic pancake recipe
Coconut flour pancakes
For those wanting to go wheat free or try something a bit different, coconut flour pancakes are ideal. For dairy free you can swap out the milk for coconut milk.
- See here for coconut flour pancakes
Forget a rainbow cake and check out these rainbow pancakes – the littlies will love them!
- See here for rainbow pancakes
2 ingredient pancakes
No flour, no butter, no milk – just banana and eggs!
- See here for 2 ingredient pancakes
Top with berries and these pancakes are extra delicious
- See here for buttermilk pancakes
For a special treat add some cocoa to the mix
- See here for chocolate pancakes
Apple and cinnamon pancakes
A little untraditional but delicious none-the-less
- See here for apple and cinnamon pancakes
Banana smoothie pancakes wtih chia gel
Nutritious and delicious!
- See here for banana smoothie pancakes with chia gel
Ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter
You can use gluten-free flour in this special recipe
- See here for ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter